PCEN Has First Visiting Faculty Scholar, Board Members, and Student Fellow

September 27, 2001

Barbara Denny arrived at the Postel Center for Experimental Networking in September to take her place as PCEN's first Visiting Scholar, PCEN director Joseph D. Touch announced.

A Network Researcher from the 3Com Corporation Technology Development Center, her interests include mobile computing, multicasting, network and protocol design, and "whatever will push the net to do more." She is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University.

Denny will be on hand for a PCEN grand opening, now scheduled for October.

Touch also announced the appointment of a blue ribbon panel of experts as the nucleus of the PCEN advisory board.

They are: ISI Executive Director Herbert Schorr; David J. Farber, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania; Centergate Research Group founder Rodney Joffe; and Cisco Systems Inc. Vice President John F. Wakerly.

Schorr, before directing ISI, was widely known as a standout longtime researcher and executive at IBM, winning VP rank before leaving.

Farber, who oversaw Postel's graduate thesis, is also Co-Director of the Penn Initiative for Markets, Technology, and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Joffe built what is believed to be the first mail order catalog website (Robert Redford's Sundance Catalog) in 1994 and went on to found Genuity and invent the Hopscotch load-balancing and routing technology.

Wakerly is Vice President and CTO for Cisco's Enterprise Line of Business. Cisco is one of PCEN's major donors.

Finally, the first Postel Center Student Fellow will be Venkata Pingali, who will pursue his doctorate in computer science specializing in networks and operating systems. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and holds an MS from the University of Utah.

"These are all outstanding members of the computer networking community," said Touch. "I believe that their contributions to the center will produce work worthy of our namesake."