Monday General Session – Outlook for the Future of Research Institutions
The 2015 Internet2 Global Summit featured Dr. Freeman Hrabowski speaking in General Session on Monday, April 27, at 1:15pm.
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has been president of University of Maryland Baltimore County since 1992 and also serves as a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was recently named by U.S. President Barack Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the U.S. National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. Hrabowski has received numerous recognitions for his leadership excellence, including being named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008). During his tenure, UMBC has been recognized as a model for academic innovation and inclusivity, including ranking as U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 “Up and Coming” university in the U.S. for the past six years.
In his keynote address, titled “Outlook for the Future of Research Institutions,” Hrabowski covered a range of issues facing the R&E community, including the importance of long-term partnerships for research institutions, how chief information officers can become key stakeholders in IT decision making for large R&E institutions, and what can be done about the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.
Tuesday General Session – Global Internet Governance and the Multistakeholder Model
Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, spoke in General Session on Tuesday, April 28, at 10:30am.
Strickling discussed the importance of global Internet governance to the research and higher education community. In particular, his keynote explained how privatization of the domain name system will facilitate the security, stability and openness of the Internet. He also described the multistakeholder model of governance and addressed the value of input from academics and technical experts.
Lawrence E. Strickling was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce in June 2009. In this role, Strickling serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy. A technology policy expert with more than two decades of experience in the public and private sectors, Strickling’s focus at NTIA includes leading initiatives to expand broadband Internet access and adoption in America and to ensure that the Internet remains an engine for continued innovation and economic growth.
After joining NTIA, Strickling oversaw the development of an approximately $4 billion Recovery Act broadband grants program and now manages the rigorous oversight of these nationwide broadband projects to ensure they deliver timely and lasting benefits to the American public. Additionally, under Strickling's leadership, NTIA launched America's first public, searchable nationwide map of consumer broadband Internet availability and crafted a ten-year plan that the agency is now implementing to nearly double the amount of commercial spectrum available for wireless broadband, as directed by President Obama. Strickling also oversees NTIA’s efforts on a host of domestic and global Internet policy and administrative issues, including playing a key role in the Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force; advocating the U.S. Government’s policy positions abroad; and promoting the stability and security of the Internet’s domain name system through its participation on behalf of the U.S. government in Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) activities.
Previously in government, Strickling served at the Federal Communications Commission as Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau from 1998 to 2000, working to promote competition and protect consumers in the telecommunications sector and implement many of the key provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Prior to that, Strickling was Associate General Counsel and Chief of the FCC’s Competition Division.
In the private sector, Strickling was Chief Regulatory and Chief Compliance Officer at telecommunications service provider Broadwing Communications, LLC, from 2004 to 2007. His private sector experience from 2000 to 2004 included serving in senior roles at competitive communications service providers Allegiance Telecom, Inc. and CoreExpress, Inc. and as a member of the Board of Directors of Network Plus. From 1993 to 1997, Strickling was Vice President, Public Policy at Regional Bell Operating Company Ameritech Corp., where he was responsible for developing and implementing Ameritech’s state and federal regulatory and legislative agenda. Strickling was also a litigation partner at the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Ellis.
Strickling earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in economics.
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Wednesday General Session – Vision for a Digital Future
The 2015 Internet2 Global Summit featured Mario Vecchi, Chief Technology Officer, PBS, speaking in General Session on Wednesday, April 29, at 10:30am.
In his keynote presentation, Vecchi discussed how digital technology can meet the growing education needs in America, including the need to close math and science gaps and train teachers in the use of new technologies. He explored the ways organizations could collaborate to use technology to create trusted information networks that can be accessed anywhere at anytime. Vecchi’s presentation looked at these possibilities through the lens of PBS’s work in public service media, technology and education, as well as Vecchi’s extensive professional background in science, technology and engineering.
Vecchi’s keynote was accompanied by a 4K video presentation, developed by Internet2 with support from Ciena, PBS Hawaii, the W.M. Keck Observatory, Kua O Ka La Public Charter School and the University of Hawaii—each of whom collaborated with Internet2 and PBS on the production. The ultra-high definition video was shown in a large-screen format and featured two unique stories highlighting how technology enhances learning in rural schools, enables collaboration in the astronomy community and helps to educate and build knowledge on the Big Island of Hawaii.
As CTO at PBS, Vecchi oversees distribution operations and engineering, media management, interconnection engineering, information technology, web and new media applications/systems, as well as technology strategy and planning for PBS.
Before PBS, Vecchi served as president of P&A Development, Inc., a development and consulting firm for new products and new businesses. Before that, he was president of Apex Technologies, a company he created within the Grupo Ferre Rangel consortium that integrated IT operations and product development. Prior to GFR, Vecchi spent nearly a decade at AOL, ultimately earning the title of senior vice president, AOL Global Technologies.
During his tenure at Time Warner Cable, Vecchi co-founded Road Runner, the company’s pioneering cable modem online service. Earlier in his career, Vecchi held positions at Bell Communications Research, founded the company Xynertek CA and worked on the faculty at Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas and the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas. Vecchi is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). He holds a Ph.D., as well as Electrical Engineering and Master of Science degrees from MIT.