Established in early 2000, the VMware Academic Program (VMAP) drives faculty-led research in a variety of areas such as Machine Learning, Security, and Big Data. To date, VMAP has supported research on university campuses across the United States, Canada, China and the United Kingdom. Empowering the student community to innovate and grow is an important element of VMAP’s mission. To support this commitment for future researchers and innovators, VMAP established the VMware Graduate Fellowship. Through this initiative, top students have later joined our employee community as VMware interns and have made a significant impact on our engineering community.VMware_Academic_Program_logo

On behalf of the VMAP team, I am proud to share that we have awarded the 2015-2016 Graduate Fellowships to three outstanding students, Tudor David from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Soudeh Ghorbani from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Seyed K. Fayaz from Carnegie Mellon University. The Graduate Fellowships initiative personally means a lot to me as it highlights VMware’s commitment to nurturing a new generation of researchers and technologists. These students bring new perspectives and ideas. In an industry such as high tech, creativity and the courage to pursue new directions is a crucial ingredient to moving engineering methods and technologies forward.

Join me in congratulating Tudor, Seyed and Soudeh, and hear what the VMware Graduate Fellowship means to these Game-Changers.

tudor-david-photo “Being awarded a VMware graduate fellowship represents both a validation of the research direction I am pursuing, as well as an opportunity allowing me to continue to work along this research path. “ – Tudor David, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne



Ghorbani“Winning this recognition and award from VMware, the current leader in virtualization, empowers me to fully pursue my interests in virtualization and SDN research. It will also give me a great opportunity to jump-start my career. “ -Soudeh Ghorbani, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



seyed“These are exciting times for computer networks researchers owing to game changers such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). This gift not only helps fund my research on new opportunities enabled by SDN and NFV, but also it allows me to collaborate with VMware’s pioneering practitioners in these areas.” -Seyed K. Fayez, Carnegie Mellon University