Rukshani Athapathu

PhD Student
University of California San Diego

I am a Ph.D. student in Computer Science and Engineering department at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), advised by Professor George Porter. I am also part of the Systems and Networking group (SysNet) at UCSD.

My research interests broadly lie in computer networks.

Prior to UCSD, I was a Research Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University and was advised by Professor Justine Sherry and Professor Srinivasan Seshan.


  • Revisiting TCP Congestion Control Throughput Models & Fairness Properties At Scale [PDF]
    Adithya Abraham Philip, Ranysha Ware, Rukshani Athapathu, Justine Sherry, Vyas Sekar
    ACM IMC, Nov. 2021


  • A Watchdog Service for Measuring Congestion Control Harm on the Internet [Abstract] [Video]
    Rukshani Athapathu, Ranysha Ware, Aditya Abraham Philip, Srinivasan Seshan, Justine Sherry
    N2Women’20, ACM SIGCOMM, Aug. 2020
  • NADA Fairness: Analyzing the Future of WebRTC
    Serena Vincent, Adithya Phillip, Rukshani Athapathu, Justine Sherry, Srinivasan Seshan
    N2Women’20, ACM SIGCOMM, Aug. 2020


Industry Experience

  • Associate Technical Lead, WSO2, May 2017 – Feb. 2020
    Involved in the design and implementation of MIME, HTTP/1.1, and HTTP/2 protocols for the standard library of ballerina programming language.
    “This is where I found my passion for networking and changed my course to research”

  • Senior Software Engineer, eBuilder Technology Centre Pvt Ltd, Jan. 2013 – Apr. 2017, Involved in the continuous design and development of the eBuilder service network management solution for large mobile manufacturing companies (Telia, Halebop, MTS, HMD/Nokia, Microsoft, and Sony Mobile).

  • Software Engineer, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, Sep. 2011 – Jan. 2013, Developed SLIC Health Plus application, which is a mobile portable application to speed up SLIC medical insurance claim settlement process; Received a merit award at the National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) ceremony in 2012.