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Akbar Kara

ORG LEARN (Lonestar Education And Research Network) Title Chief Technologist BIO Mr. Kara is the CTO of an advance Research & Education network, Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN). Akbar studied Electrical Engineering at the City College of New York and Business management at New York University. Over the last 20 years, Akbar has served in many technical roles and earned his CCIE in 2002, a highly coveted Cisco certification. His management responsibilities, includes the role of network director at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York and network manager at the New York Hospital. Akbar is Chair Emeritus of Internet2’s Network Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) and an active member of IEEE/ACM Supercomputing SCinet committee. At LEARN, Akbar leads a team of engineers responsible for network engineering and operations for the statewide DWDM transport and IP/MPLS networks. LEARN is a non-profit organization that connects K-12, higher education, researchers, and public service organizations in Texas to commodity and national research and education backbones. LEARN services are used by a large number of public schools, community colleges, and all research universities in Texas. Under Akbar’s leadership, LEARN is the first non-profit network to enable 100G wave to support research in Texas. In January 2014, LEARN also enabled 2x100G connections to Internet2's SDN enabled Advance Layer2 and Layer3 services.