Nikhil Handigol is a co-founder of Forward Networks. He has a rich background in enterprise networking and SDN. Nikhil got his PhD from Stanford under luminary professor Nick McKeown. At Stanford, Nikhil and his Forward Networks co-founders from Stanford built some of the foundational components of SDN. His research focused on using SDN principles for systematic network troubleshooting (NetSight), flexible network emulation (Mininet), and smart load-balancing (Aster*x). Previously, he was Director, Course Content and Instruction at SDN Academy where he taught the fundamentals of SDN to the engineering teams of some of the largest enterprises.