About Steve Sheng

Steve Sheng joined the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2009. Currently he is a senior manager, in this position, he supports projects of ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and does research for technical projects in the policy department. ICANN is recognized by the U.S. Government and other governments around the world as the global consensus-based entity responsible for the coordination of the technical management of the Internet. Specifically, ICANN coordinates the technical management of Internet's domain name system, the allocation of Internet protocol address space, the assignment of protocol parameters, and the management of the root server system.

Steve Sheng graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2002 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering. In September 2009, he received his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). At CMU, he worked on several projects at the intersection of information technology and public policy. For example, he worked with a team of students to develop a strategy for spreading broadband wireless Internet access throughout the city of Pittsburgh. He also led a team that designed Anti-Phishing Phil, an online game that teaches web users good habits for avoiding semantic attacks. Steve's dissertation focused on anti-phishing, and his advisor was Lorrie Cranor. Steve continued to do research in his dissertation area of Internet security and policy.

Steve has authored more than 20 academic papers and reports. He has been a frequent speaker at academic and industry conferences. His past work on anti-phishing has also been featured as one of the top 25 radical network research projects by Network World in 2008. 

Steve Sheng grew up in Northern China but spent most of his teens in Shenzhen, a costal city in Guangdong Province. He is married to Phoebe Chao in 2008, and their first daughter Teresa was born in September, 2010.