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Alden Jackson

Associate Clinical Professor


Office Location

105-107 Forsyth Street
132F Nightingale Hall
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Alden Jackson, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Research Interests

  • Software-defined network architecture
  • Network security


  • PhD, University of Delaware


Alden Jackson is an associate clinical professor at Khoury College of Computer Sciences. He is interested in software-defined network architecture, network security, reliability and robustness of massively distributed systems, network protocol design and implementation, and network traffic analysis and monitoring.

Before joining Northeastern, Jackson was a senior architect at Akamai Technologies. He was responsible for improving the scalability and reliability of the systems that safely distributed customer and system configuration metadata in Akamai’s production network to over 200,000 servers worldwide. Before he worked with Akamai, Jackson was a senior network scientist at BBN Technologies. He also worked at Sandia National Laboratories, where he was a principal investigator on US Government (DARPA, DHS HSARPA, AFOSR, DOE) and commercially funded R&D projects in the areas of attack traceback, network traffic analysis and monitoring, network security, active networking, software-defined network architecture, high-speed network architecture, satellite packet switching, and optical network control plane.