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Bonnie Neas

ORG North Dakota State University Title BIO Bonnie Neas was named Assistant Vice President for Federal Government Relations & Director of Internet Research at North Dakota State University in November 2000. Neas had previously served as the Director of Information Technology Services at NDSU since 1993. In that capacity, she was primarily responsible for campus data networking, North Dakota's K-12 network, learning technologies including the multimedia center and instructional design services, and host systems for instructional and research applications for the ND University System. In addition, she had shared responsibility with the University of ND and ND's state government for the state's WAN and Internet services.

Neas was North Dakota's project leader for the National Science Foundation (NSF) award to create the 6-state Great Plains Network (GPN) and currently serves as Chair of its Board. She also led efforts related to DakotaLink, an NSF-funded advanced networking project for the five research institutions in North Dakota and South Dakota. She was instrumental in obtaining NSF funds that created NDSU's Access Grid node and another NSF-funded project to host Access Grid-based conferences on genomics and bioinformatics in the fall of 2001 and 2002. Neas has served on Internet2's Network Policy and Planning Advisory Council (NPPAC) since its inception and recently was named to the Educause Evolving Technologies Committee for a three-year term.

Neas has testified before the U.S. Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee for Communications on IT networking issues that were relevant to rural states such as North Dakota.