Professor of Applied Mathematics
Theoretical Computer Science, Combinatorics
Tom Leighton is Professor of Applied Mathematics. In 1998, he co-founded Akamai Technologies, currently serving as Chief Scientist and member of its Board of Directors. Professor Leighton is a preeminent authority on algorithms for network applications, and has published on cryptography, parallel architectures, distributed computing, combinatrorial optimization, and on graph theory.
Tom Leighton received the B.S.E. in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton in 1978, and the Ph.D. in applied mathematics from MIT in 1981, under the direction of Gary Miller. He joined the MIT mathematics faculty in applied mathematics in 1982, professor in 1989. Professor Leighton has served on numerous governmental, industrial and academic committees. From 2003-05, he served as Chair of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee on Cyber Security. His many distinctions include the IEEE Babbage Award, the U.S. News Top 10 Technology Innovators, 2000, the MIT Entrepreneurship Award, 2001, and the Distinguished Service Prize of ACM-SIGACT, 2006. Professor Leighton is a Fellow (and Member of the Trust) of the American Academy of Arts & Science, Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Member of the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences.