First as an academic researcher and then as a highly inventive entrepreneur, Adam Beguelin has created a substantial number of large and complex software systems. He won the R&D 100 Award in 1994 for the PVM portable parallel programming environment to which he was a major contributor, and he later developed fundamental video search technology that eventually led to the purchase of his start-up company Truveo by AOL.
Beguelin received his bachelor’s degree in math and computer science, summa cum laude, from Emory University in 1985, and his master’s and PhD in computer science from CU-Boulder in 1988 and 1990, respectively. He then completed post-doctoral positions at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory/University of Tennessee, and joined the faculty of the highly ranked computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. There, he continued to push the frontiers of parallel languages and systems with his distributed object migration environment research system, which also won an award at the 1994 Supercomputing conference.
In 1996, Beguelin was recruited to join Inktomi Corp., where he was an early employee and made substantial contributions to Inktomi’s then-dominant web search engine and web caching system. After the company had grown to several hundred employees, had an initial public offering, and increased its share price twenty-fold, Beguelin moved on to a series of other start-ups. He was also a member of the technical staff at Oracle and a software architect at Macrovision. In 2004, he co-founded Truveo, which led a new technology wave in video search with a successful product launch in 2005. He and his partner, Timothy Tuttle, sold Truveo to AOL in December 2005, and Beguelin is now vice president of AOL Video.
Beguelin has been a friend and supporter of the computer science department at CU-Boulder, and has recruited CU students to Oak Ridge, Inktomi, and other organizations where he has been. He was an Association for Computing Machinery national lecturer from 1993 to 1995, and received the Martin Marietta Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award in 1992.