Presented to

Leonard Kleinrock​Leonard Kleinrock is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA. He laid out the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet, as an MIT graduate student in 1962. His UCLA Host computer became the first node of the Internet in September 1969 from which he directed the transmission of the first Internet message. He received the 2007 National Medal of Science, the highest honor for achievement in science bestowed by the President of the United States.

Kleinrock received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1963 and has served as Professor of Computer Science at UCLA since then, serving as department Chairman from 1991-1995. He received a B.E.E. degree from CCNY in 1957 and an M.S. degree from MIT in 1959. He has published over 250 papers and authored six books in areas including packet switching networks, packet radio networks, local area networks, broadband networks, nomadic computing, performance evaluation, intelligent agents and peer-to-peer networks and has supervised the research for 48 Ph.D. students.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an IEEE fellow, an ACM fellow, an INFORMS fellow, an IEC fellow, an inaugural member of the Internet Hall of Fame, a Guggenheim fellow, and a founding member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. Among his many honors, Kleinrock is the recipient of the National Medal of Science, the Ericsson Prize, the NAE Draper Prize, the Marconi Prize, the Dan David Prize, the Okawa Prize, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, the IEEE Internet Millennium Award, the ORSA Lanchester Prize, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the NEC Computer and Communications Award, the Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award, the CCNY Townsend Harris Medal, the CCNY Electrical Engineering Award, the UCLA Outstanding Faculty Member Award, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, the INFORMS President’s Award, the ICC Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the SIGMOBILE 2014 Outstanding Contributions Award, and the IEEE Harry M. Goode Award.

In recognition of his pioneering contributions to our understanding of the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet, that have transformed the world and are deeply inspirational to our students, The Board of Trustees of New Jersey Institute of Technology is pleased to confer the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, upon Leonard Kleinrock.