Michael Brescia


Michael Brescia
Michael Brescia
Associated organizations
Bolt, Beranek and Newman
Fields of study


The ground-breaking work of computer scientists Michael Brescia, Robert Hinden , Alan Sheltzer and Virginia Travers in Internet router technology, led to the creation of today’s Internet, as well as the design and development of Internet gateway protocols and packet forwarding and monitoring software. Messrs. Brescia, Hinden and Ms. Travers are considered to be central figures in early router implementations and key contributors to the evolution of the Internet.

Mr. Brescia joined technology consultancy Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) in 1978 to support its work for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He helped develop and deploy Internet gateways, now called routers, in Europe and the U.S., and worked on improving routing for an expanding Internet. He currently works for Docutemp, Inc. in Bedford, Mass. Mr. Brescia is an IEEE Member. He holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.