Robert VietzkeORG Internet2 Title Vice President, Network Services BIO
As Vice President of Network Services, Robert Vietzke is responsible for the management and operation of Internet2's advanced nationwide network, its relationships within the regional and state network community and research and development efforts associated with the network. Internet2 advanced networking development initiatives in Rob's area include the NDDI, OS3E, DYNES, DyGIR and IRIS projects, along with contributions to perfSONAR. In the last two years, Rob has led Internet2's broadband technologies infrastructure program, which successfully applied for $96M in federal funding that is now being used to build out the nation's first native 8.8 Tbps 15,000+ mile optical network footprint.
Prior to this role, Rob served as Project Director, leading the transition of the current Internet2 Network from the Abilene Network. Prior to joining Internet2, Rob worked at the University of Connecticut as the Director and Network Architect of the Connecticut Education Network, the nation's first all-optical K-20 education network. In other management roles, Rob has led and designed CATV, telephony and data networks, and has managed policy, legal and financial operations and planning.