About Me

Short Biography

I joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin--Madison in the spring of 2006. From 1998 to 2005, I was a graduate student at the University of Washington working with Professors Hank Levy and Brian Bershad. At UW, I studied large-scale clusters, simultaneous multithreading and operating system reliability and earned a Ph.D. in 2005. Before graduate school, I worked at Microsoft in the Windows group, where I implemented authentication and access control functionality in Windows Cairo, Windows NT, and Windows 2000. I grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts and received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1992.


Prior to graduate school, I was a member of the Windows NT development project between 1992 and 2000. I worked on security protocols and authorization. I implemented the Kerberos protocol for Windows 2000 as well as the restricted token model for limiting the rights of executing programs.

Non-profit Service

  • I've been on the board of directors of the Washington Wilderness Coalition, a Seattle organization devoted to preserving wilderness in Washington State.
  • Through WWC, I was on the Technology Committee of Earth Share of Washington, a workplace-giving organization that funds environmental organizations.
  • I also used to be on the advisory board of ONE/Northwest, a Seattle organization that provides technology assistance to environmental organizations.
  • I've served as the web master for New Morning Nursery School and the Franklin-Randall PTO.
  • I served as treasurer to Cub Scout Pack 302 in Madison


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Michael M. Swift

Michael M. Swift

Computer Sciences Department
College of Letters and Sciences
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Contact Information

swift at cs dot wisc dot edu

7369 Computer Sciences
Computer Sciences Department
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1210 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706-1685 USA