ORG University of Maryland Title BIO Mr. Rose has been with the University System of Maryland for 37 years. Hehas held several senior level positions in academic and administrativecomputing and telecommunications. In 1985, Mr. Rose accepted a directorshipat the University of Maryland Central Administration AdministrativeComputing, leaving the campus environment to coordinate 5 campuses of theUniversity of Maryland Central Administration. In 1988, during a merger withthe Maryland's State colleges, Mr. Rose began building what is now known asthe University of Maryland Academic Telecommunications System (UMATS). AsRichard puts it, "academic mergers are a nightmare, it certainly isn't aboutmoney." Since 1988, the UMITS network has transformed in name and its levelof services to the campus customers. In the 1998 PC Magazine named UMATS2nd in the nation based on services and costs to its customers. UMATS didnot stop there. While many institutions around the country were migrating toATM, UMATS was migrating away from the protocol and developed a 100% IPbased network during the summer of 2001, replacing every router, over 60video systems, several gateways, switches, and telecommunications lines inwhat was considered by many to be a career limiting risk. Within six weeks,It had become a success, and has made UMATS even more efficient in serviceand cost. In addition, UMATS has taken the role as a resource-sharingpartner with State of Maryland by trading service for bandwidth all over theState. Most recently, Mr. Rose developed the Baltimore Research & EducationNetwork (BERnet) Consortium. BERnet, an OC48 IP network between Baltimoreand College Park, has created a unique partnership with Johns HopkinsUniversity, the City of Baltimore, the Sailor Regional Public LibraryNetwork, Morgan State College, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, theMid Atlantic Crossroads, the State of Maryland, the University of MarylandBaltimore County, and UMATS. The consortium will provide SEGP Internet 2services to more than 60% of Maryland's K-12, several community colleges,and the potential to link numerous education and research institutionsdirectly through the Mid Atlantic Crossroads, by creating a peering pointthat localizes what were unrelated networks to what now is a network ofnetworks in a global Maryland community.