Timothy Avelin Roughgarden is a computer scientist at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 2002. Roughgarden teaches a popular two-course Algorithms series on Coursera. In those two courses, his ease of delivery, along with the compact information delivered in a rational style of building blocks has gained his course notoriety as one of the best courses to go through for preparing for technical job interviews at big computer software companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft.
Roughgarden’s work is concerned with game theoretic questions in computer science. He received the Danny Lewin award at STOC 2002 for the best student paper. He received the Grace Murray Hopper Award in 2009 and the Gödel Prize in 2012 for his work on routing traffic in large-scale communication networks to optimize performance of a congested network.