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Santiago Vargas

PhD Student, Stony Brook University

About Me

I am a Computer Science PhD Student at Stony Brook University. I work with in the NetSys Lab with my advisor, Aruna Balasubramanian.

I am broadly interested in the area of Network Systems with the specific focus of improving the Quality of Experience (QoE) of mobile internet applications. My work includes looking at web browsing and video applications on different mobile devices configurations to find software and hardware bottlenecks in order to optimize the user’s end experience.


PhD Student in Computer Science, Stony Brook University, 2016 - Present

Computer Science & Mathematics Double Major, Molloy College, 2012 - 2015

  • Valedictorian & Honors Program Graduate
  • Computer Science/Math GPA 4.0 - Overall GPA 3.986


  1. PARSEC: Streaming 360 Degree Videos Using Super-Resolution

    Mallesham Dasari, Arani Bhattacharya, Santiago Vargas, Aruna Balasubramanian, Samir R. Das

    INFOCOM 2020
  2. Characterizing JSON Traffic Patterns on a CDN

    Santiago Vargas, Utkarsh Goel, Moritz Steiner, Aruna Balasubramanian

    IMC 2019
  3. Impact of Device Performance on Mobile Internet Quality of Experience

    Mallesham Dasari, Santiago Vargas, Arani Bhattacharya, Aruna Balasubramanian, Samir R. Das, Michael Ferdman

    IMC 2018

Awards & Honors

Stony Brook University

  • Dr. W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship, 2016 - Present
  • GAANN Fellowship, Fall 2019
  • Best Teaching Assistant Award, 2017
  • Doctoral Diversity Fellowship in STEM, 2016
  • Excellence Fellowship, 2016

Molloy College

  • Valedictorian of Student Body, 2016
  • Dominican Academic Excellence Scholarship, 2012 - 2016
  • Honors Program Member and Graduate, 2012 - 2014
  • Math Honors Society (Kappa Mu Epsilon), 2014 - 2015
  • Mathematics/Computer Studies Club Secretary, 2014 - 2015


Software Engineer PhD Intern, Facebook, June 2020 - August 2020

Software Engineer PhD Intern, Facebook, May 2019 - August 2019

Web Performance Research Intern, Akamai Technologies Inc., May 2018 - August 2018

Research Assistant, NetSys Lab, Sept 2017 - Present

Teaching Assistant, Stony Brook University, Aug 2016 - May 2018

Software Developer, CooCoo Inc., May 2014 - Dec 2015