Stuart Lynn Awarded the 2017 CENIC Founders Award

BERKELEY, Calif. & LA MIRADA, Calif.–()–Stuart Lynn, who led the creation of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC)—now amongst the world’s most closely used analysis and training networks—has been chosen by CENIC as a recipient of the 2017 Founders Award.

“Since its founding, in collaboration with technology leaders from the CENIC community, the CalREN network has continuously evolved in order to provide the innovators among our members at vital public-serving institutions with a network environment that is commensurate with their ambitions in research, education, and health care,” stated CENIC President & CEO Louis Fox. “This is largely due to Stuart Lynn’s vision of what CENIC could become and his passion to see this vision executed. His distinguished career in computing and information technology spans four decades and is extraordinary.”

CENIC was shaped by the University of California, the California Institute of Technology, the California State University, Stanford University, and the University of Southern California. In 1998, CENIC designed and deployed the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a secure, high-performance broadband community to fulfill unprecedented calls for for elevated community capability, reliability, and functionality as college students and college turned to the community as a primary instrument for training and analysis. In addition to being the catalyst for the formation of CENIC, Stuart served as Principal Investigator for a multimillion greenback grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to offer start-up funding.

“Stuart recognized that higher education institutions in California needed a place to work on new technologies and to advance technology in the future,” stated David Wasley, then with the University of California, Berkeley. “With his characteristic diplomacy, Stuart met with the CIOs of Caltech, Stanford, USC, and all the UC campuses. Out of those meetings came the important decision that we should submit a proposal for one of the NSF’s high-speed networking matching grants, using the grant to help build a California network. This grant became the catalyst for the remarkable collaboration CENIC represents.”

Stuart’s colleagues attribute a lot of his success to his quietly persuasive character in addition to his far-reaching imaginative and prescient for the potential of a corporation like CENIC. Speaking of the months main as much as the founding of CENIC, Stuart notes, “We knew we didn’t want California to be an island. We wanted to be part of something that was happening worldwide, and we knew that wasn’t going to happen with the commodity Internet. The commodity Internet has to satisfy many individual interests, so it averages out. We didn’t want to be average. We wanted to be excellent. We wanted to be ahead of the curve. If you had told me in 1996 that what we were starting would become what I see today, I would have said, ‘well, that’s a little far-fetched.’ But it was always our goal to break down the barriers of distance and time to facilitate really effective research and educational collaboration across the state of California, with the rest of the nation, and around the world, too, by building the right kind of linkages into national and international networks. We always had that goal in mind.”

The CENIC group is just one of the many beneficiaries of Stuart’s expertise and imaginative and prescient. He served as the CIO for the University of California’s Office of the President, in addition to President and Chairman of the Board of CENIC till his retirement in 1999. Emerging from retirement in 2001, he took on the function of President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the place he initiated a “programme of reform” of that somewhat-dysfunctional group identified primarily for “endless policy debates and lack of responsiveness,” and culminating a distinguished profession in computing and data expertise spanning greater than 4 a long time.

In addition to ICANN and UCOP, he has held positions at Cornell University, UC Berkeley, Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, IBM, and Chevron. Over the course of his profession, he has been energetic in a number of skilled organizations together with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the American Federation of Information Processing Societies. In 1994, he was elected a Fellow of the ACM. He has additionally served on quite a few boards of administrators and advisory committees and as a marketing consultant to academia, authorities, and business.

Stuart Lynn holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a B.A. and M.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University. A British citizen by beginning, Stuart is now a citizen of the United States and resides in Palm Springs, California, along with his household.

Innovations in Networking Awards are introduced every year by CENIC to spotlight the exemplary improvements that leverage ultra-high bandwidth networking, notably the place these improvements have the potential to rework the methods during which instruction and analysis are performed or the place they additional the deployment of broadband in underserved areas.

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CENIC connects California to the world—advancing training and analysis statewide by offering the world-class community important for innovation, collaboration and financial progress. The nonprofit group operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity community designed to fulfill the distinctive necessities of over 20 million customers, together with the overwhelming majority of Okay-20 college students along with educators, researchers and others at very important public-serving establishments. CENIC’s Charter Associates are a part of the world’s largest training system; they embrace the California Okay-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, the Naval Postgraduate School, and USC. CENIC additionally offers connectivity to modern establishments and business analysis organizations round the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.