Jay Aikat

Chief Operating Officer, RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute)

Research Professor, Department of Computer Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Phone: (919) 590-6178    Email: ja AT unc DOT edu


Jay Aikat is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), a research institute within UNC-Chapel Hill, since May 2016.  She is also a Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill since Dec 2011.

Her work in the areas of Computer Networking and Cloud Security include the following research projects: Airborne Networking (cyber-physical systems and communication), experimental methods in networking research and education; data science; measurement and modeling of Internet traffic; Internet traffic generation; cloud security; cloud computing; wireless networks; congestion control; active queue management. She also recently served on a short-term assignment as a Data Scientist at NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), a research institute of the US National Institutes of Health, the nation’s medical research agency.

Prof. Aikat completed her PhD. in Computer Science in the area of Computer Networking at UNC – Chapel HillShe earned her B.S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology in Mesra, India, and her M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She also has a M.S. in Computer Science from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Prior to this, she worked for eight years in leadership roles in Information Technology, mostly in academia — her last position in IT was Director of IT and Networking in the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. That is when she decided to expand her horizons and go back to school to get a Ph.D.