Nathaniel S. Borenstein

(734) 926-9672

Education: Sc.D (hc), Grinnell College, 2013, Ph.D., Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1985; M.S., Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1981; B.A., Mathematics & Religious Studies, Grinnell College, 1980.

Foreign Languages: Hebrew, some German, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese.

Awards: IBM Distinguished Engineer, 2002; Named "a geek's geek" by Salon Magazine, 2001; First Robert Noyce Visiting Professor, Grinnell College, 1998-99; Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, 1997-present; Named as one of the "Websight 100" 1996-97; Profiled in "Tricks of the Internet Gurus", 1994; NYU Olive Branch Award, 1990; General Electric Fellow, 1983; National Science Foundation Fellow, 1980-83; Phi Beta Kappa, 1980; Grinnell College President's Medalist, 1980.

Professional Activities

• Past President/Director, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.
• Past Director, Institute for Global Communication.
• Contributor, Encyclopedia of Microcomputers.
• Editorial Advisory Board, Communications of the ACM.
• Chairman, 2000 CPSR Conference, "Nurturing the Cybercommons".
• Chairman, 1994 IFIP Conference, "Message Handling Systems".
• Reviewer, 1989/90 ACM/IEEE Undergraduate CS Curriculum.
• Reviewer for NSF, numerous journals, conferences, and publishers.


I am the author of three books, three patents, and numerous articles, several of which cover areas of research not mentioned here. A partial listing of my publications, some downloadable, can be found at

Note: This is the short, unamusing version of my resume. An extended version is at:

References available upon request.

Employment History

2010-present:  Chief Scientist, Mimecast, London, UK

Coordinate long-term technical strategy and research; Design and Implement an intellectual property strategy; Represent the company in technical standards bodies; Represent the company's technical team externally

2002-Present:  Chief Open Standards Strategist and Distinguished Engineer
             IBM Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Oversaw all standards and research activity for Lotus division; administered multimillion dollar research budget. Served on Open Document Format standards committee at OASIS. Helped initiate new IETF standards work on spam control (DKIM), and calendaring and scheduling (CALSIFY).

2000-2002:  Founder and Chief Scientist, 2000-2001
             NetPOS.COM, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Built a world-class Internet development team that, in just four months, built and deployed the world's first Internet-native Point-of-Sale system for retail use. Invented and filed for a key patent on the reliable provision of mission-critical software services. This award-winning system is now used in hundreds of restaurants.

1998-2003:  Visiting Professor and Research Fellow
             University of Michigan School Of Information, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Obtained critical research funding for the Internet Public Library project; taught courses in user interface design and electronic commerce; advised graduate students.

1994-1998:  Founder and Chief Scientist
             First Virtual Holdings, Inc., San Diego, California

Invented and developed revolutionary payment technology, recognized by the Smithsonian as "the first cyberbank"; Built a company up through an IPO and beyond; Awarded three patents on Internet payment systems.

1989-1994:  Member of Technical Staff
             Bell Communciations Research, Morristown, New Jersey

Led the development of MIME, the Internet standard for multimedia data; Developed Metamail, open source email software still used on millions of machines; Developed two programming languages, ATOMICMAIL and Safe-Tcl, for safe execution of untrusted code; Published more than a dozen research papers.

1985-1988:  System Designer; 1988-89: Development Manager
             Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Built the Andrew Message System, the world's first widely-used multimedia email system and a direct precursor to MIME.