Prof. Sanjam Garg

Award Year: 2020 | Degree Year: 2008

Prof. Sanjam Garg received a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2008 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013.

Prof. Sanjam Garg is currently an Assistant Professor in the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in cryptography and security.  Via his research, Prof. Garg developed secure cryptographic methods to obfuscate computer programs. Programs obfuscated using these methods can be executed as usual, but are essentially impossible to reverse-engineer. His approach to create ‘unhackable’ software has enabled a range of new cryptographic and cybersecurity applications; many of which were previously considered impossible. Quanta Magazine referred to Prof. Garg’s work on obfuscation as a watershed moment for cryptography.

Prof. Garg is the recipient of various honors such as the 2013 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship. His research has been recognized with the best paper awards at EUROCRYPT 2013, CRYPTO 2017 and EUROCRYPT 2018. In 2016, Garg was named to the Forbes magazine 30 under 30 list of globally influential people changing science.

In honouring Prof. Sanjam Garg, IIT Delhi recognizes his outstanding contributions to teaching and research. Through his contributions and achievements, Prof. Garg has brought glory to the Institute.