Rafael Laufer was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2003, he received his B.Sc. "cum laude" degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. In 2005, he received the M.Sc. degree also in Electrical Engineering at COPPE/UFRJ, advised by Prof. Otto C. M. B. Duarte. During his M.Sc. studies, he received the FAPERJ's Bolsa Nota 10 fellowship, awarded to the top two graduate students of Electrical Engineering. He was with the Grupo de Teleinformática e Automação (GTA Laboratory) at COPPE/UFRJ from 2000 to 2005. Exceptionally, during 2002, he was with Cisco Systems, Inc.
Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His advisor is Prof. Leonard Kleinrock. During the summer of 2009, Rafael was an intern at Cisco Systems, Inc. and in Fall 2009 he was at Thomson Paris Research Lab. Rafael received the Marconi Society's Young Scholar Award in 2008 in "recognition of outstanding academic achievement and intellectual promise in the field of communications science." His major research interests are distributed systems, wireless networking, security, and operating systems. He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society and a student member of IEEE.