Currently an associate professor of computer sciences at Cornell University and co-founder of Thunder Token, Dr. Elaine Shi previously co-founded the Initiative for Cryptocurrency and Contracts (IC3), co-authored the first peer-reviewed publication on Bitcoin and decentralized smart contracts, and was the first to teach smart contract programming. Her current endeavor is to build a secure, scalable, fast, and academically rigorous blockchain.
She received her undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University and Master’s and Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon. Prior to joining Cornell, she worked as an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, and research scientist at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
Having published more than 50 academic papers, Elaine has also won numerous awards including Packard Fellowship, Sloan Fellowship, ONR YIP award, and several best papers awards.