Faculty of Engineering 2017 Alumni Achievement Medal

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Rasmus Lerdorf

Rasmus Lerdorf, SYDE'93 alumnus, is the recipient of the Faculty of Engineering 2017 Alumni Achievement Medal for Professional Achievement.  Twenty-two years ago, he single-handedly created the PHP scripting language, which was the first simple and elegant approach to allowing dynamic content on web pages. Today, PHP powers the vast majority of the world’s websites, and no other software in the world has had a greater influence on the Internet, an incredible impact.

Currently employed by Etsy as a distinguished engineer, Ramus has also worked for several other companies throughout his impressive career including WePay and Yahoo, where Rasmus created a security tool known as “scanmus”, which is one of the key pieces of the company’s security toolkit.