ORG The Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN) Title Chief Technologist BIO Akbar Kara is a seasoned and self-driven professional with fifteen years of experience in Internetworking. After serving and building networks in healthcare and academia environments, he joined LEARN in Spring of 2006 and he has been focus on technical as well as strategic issues in building a state-wide optical network in Texas. For LEARN, he also contributes his expertise in nontechnical arenas in developing a sustainable and viable organization. At the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, he was invited to advise the CIO''s team to develop and deliver a comprehensive plan including network and IT infrastructure strategy. As a presenter and an educator, he is active in optical network deployment within the research and education communities. List of credentials include the highly coveted CCIE certification from Cisco Systems. Akbar Kara has served as a technical director to Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), a major healthcare provider serving the greater New York area. He engaged senior management to identify new opportunities for leveraging investment in technology, aligned business and IT strategies, appropriately apportioned resources amongst the dual institution''s six locations, managed multiple budgets and projects, and provided leadership to a team of thirty IT professionals. NYPH have been challenged by an annual 20% rise in bandwidth costs for the last five years. Mr. Kara broke that cycle by developing, engineering, planning, and implementing a state-of-the-art, 14-node Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical network for the enterprise. The solution effectively future-proofs the network for foreseeable demand, while also providing $140,000 in immediate, annual operational savings. Mr. Kara developed the RFP and evaluated multiple responses from vendors, played a central role in contract negotiations, and in facilitating buy-in from several levels of management. Mr. Kara was with CUMC/NYPH in IT roles of increasing responsibility since 1998; major accomplishments include campus wide network design and upgrades, datacenter and firewall/VPN design, and enterprise-class wireless LAN deployment. His decade of IT experience includes serving as Architect, Network and Systems for NumeriX LLC, consulting in various engineering roles to CitiBank, and NYNEX/Bell Atlantic. OmniCell Technologies, Inc. and Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc. also employed him in engineering capacities. Columbia University School of Continuing Education awarded Mr. Kara with a certificate in Executive Information Technology Management in 2003 and he graduated with honors in Electrical Engineering from The City College of the City University of New York in 1993. During his development years, he earned the Eagle Scout award; the highest rank bestowed by Boy Scouts of America.
- Fall 2009 Internet2 Member Meeting
- Spring 2009 Internet2 Member Meeting