UO's NSRC, Huter, Smith receive Internet2 President’s Leadership Award

Steve and Dale, recipients of the Internet2 President’s Leadership Award at the Internet2 Annual Meeting, are onto their next adventure in Africa in May, June and July. They were recognized at the Annual Meeting in front of more than 800 attendees for their exceptional global leadership in enabling the deployment of networks in developing nations in support of research and education at the margins.

“We recognized Steve and Dale for the difference they are making around the world,” said H. David Lambert, president and chief executive officer of Internet2. “So much of their work is more cherished outside the United States, where they have represented our community in partnership and collaboration with their counterparts in developing nations. They have made a difference for all of research and education’s global community.”

Steve, Dale and their NSRC colleagues will be in Ghana, Senegal, Zambia and Tanzania over the next few months. In May, they will work with the Technical Advisory Committee for the Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET) and a group of universities on the design of the physical network for GARNET. Also, NSRC staff will be in Senegal in May working on a wireless spectrum project to expand Internet access. In June, an NSRC team will teach numerous networking topics in the African Network Operators Group program held in Lusaka, Zambia as part of the Africa Internet Summit. In July, Steve and the NSRC staff will help launch the inaugural meeting and network, training programs by the newly developed Tanzania Network Operators Group located in Arusha, Tanzania.

“NSRC was born in 1992, when the Web was anything but worldwide and cell phones were somewhat of an oddity,” said Internet2 Vice President and CTO Steve Wolff. “Steve Huter, Dale Smith, and their associates have brought not only the technology but also the principles of R&E networking to aspiring nations. They exemplify the very best in quiet, competent, person-to-person diplomacy.”

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