After my (successful!) tenure decision, I wanted to be sure to thank the many people that have contributed to my professional development over the years. This is a work in progress, and I apologize for any names that have slipped in the writing; obviously I have many more people to thank than I can name individually. But a big thanks (in roughly temporal order) to:
Frank Kelly, who introduced me to the joys of Markov chains and networks during my year in Cambridge.
Alistair Sinclair, who advised, mentored, and guided me through Berkeley, and cemented my appreciation for randomness in general and Markov chains in particular.
All of the Berkeley professors and students during my time there. It was (and still is, of course) a great place to study computer science. Special thanks go to: Richard Karp, who was always available to give advice or a kind word when needed; Steve Lumetta, who helped keep me sane and got me through more than one class; the theory students (Dana, Diane, Micah, John, Jeff, Eric, everybody else) and the poker/TGIF crowd.
Michael Luby, for inviting me to work on a really interesting and exciting project involving codes (which I knew nothing about...) as I was finishing up my thesis.
Andrei Broder, who essentially gave me my first job, mentored and guided me after the thesis, and has been my most frequent co-author! He had faith in me at a time when I don't think it was at all clear that faith was warranted. As my "supervisor", Andrei invited me to take part in many projects, while not pressuring me to become involved in any of them. I learned an amazing amount from Andrei, and I just think it's a shame he doesn't advise more students.
The rest of the group at Digital Systems Research Center. It was exciting to be at a place where people who were working on real systems problems wanted to be talking with real theorists to find solutions that were both theoretically sound and practical. My experience there has influenced my subsequent work profoundly.
Alan Frieze and Eli Upfal -- two of my "go-to" people when I have a question. Andrei introduced them to me, and they too have served as mentors and advisors, giving advice whenever asked. Eli gets special thanks for convincing me to do something on my lifetime to-do list -- write a book -- and being an outstanding co-author. (If you get a chance to write a book with him, I'd recommend it.)
John Byers, who is the biggest reason I write "networking" papers -- because I have an incredibly strong collaborator who works in networking! John understands the networking problems but talks the theory talk. He puts up with me when writing papers, which I hope isn't so hard, and when he's across the bridge table from me, which I'm sure is much more difficult.
The Harvard computer science group. It's great to be in an environment where everyone knows each other's names, where working together and consensus are appreciated, and where senior faculty will listen to the concerns and questions of the junior faculty.
All the many people who have been helpful with advice and support of one sort or another over the years -- including in rough alphabetical order Susanne Albers, Cynthia Dwork, Joan Feigenbaum, Monika Henzinger, Neal Lesh, Steve Lumetta, Bruce Maggs, Dana Randall, Satish Rao, Amin Shokrollahi, and many, many others.
All of my co-authors and collaborators that I haven't already named above. Yes, I know you did most of the work, but I am thanking you for it.
And of course, everyone else who is slipping my mind at the moment. Feel free to remind me...