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Our Board

Board Member: Vint Cerf


Vinton Cerf, widely recognized as one of the “Fathers of the Internet” for his work on the design of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet, has served as Vice President and Chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005.  He was chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007. He is currently also President of the Association for Computing Machinery. Mr. Cerf is also the former Senior Vice President of Technology Strategy and Architecture and Technology for MCI. While working with MCI, Mr. Cerf led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet. He currently serves on several boards and has received numerous awards for his continuously pioneering work including the U.S. National Medal of Technology, the ACM Alan M. Turing award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Japan Prize and the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering. He was recently promoted to Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur.

Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA and holds 21 honorary degrees from universities around the world.

Board Member: Dr. Paul Brooks

BrooksBorderPaul specializes in telecommunications and Internet architecture and network operations, with experience in Internet governance and the Australian regulatory environment. A “Serial CTO”, Paul has held executive roles in several carriers, broadband service providers and startups including Global One/Sprint International, TransACT Communications and Vocus Communications in Australia.

Since 2003 Paul is an industry consultant providing technical expertise to service providers, regulators and enterprises in Australia, New Zealand, and several other countries. Paul was actively involved in the early designs for the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN), and now focuses on broadband service delivery, video/IPTV and VoIP.

Paul’s earlier background was in astronomy and space physics, dabbling in communications software development while working towards a Doctorate in astronomical image processing for the UNSW Automated Patrol Telescope before intended career and hobby swapped places.

Paul is an active participant within the Australian ISP community, and is a founding member and Director of the Internet Society of Australia chapter. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics and Computer Science from the University of Adelaide, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of New South Wales.

Vice Chair: Scott Burleigh

BurleighBorderScott Burleigh has been a software engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, since 1986.

Mr. Burleigh co-authored the specification for the CCSDS (Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems) File Delivery Protocol (CFDP), an international standard for file transfer over interplanetary distances.  Mr. Burleigh developed the first implementation of CFDP, which was adapted for operational use on a number of flight missions, including JPL’s Deep Impact comet exploration mission.

Mr. Burleigh co-authored the DTN Architecture definition (Internet RFC 4838).  He is also a co-author of the specification for the DTN Bundle Protocol (BP, Internet RFC 5050).  In addition, he is a co-author of the specifications for the Licklider Transmission Protocol (LTP, Internet RFCs 5325 through 5327) supporting data block transmission reliability at the data link layer.

Mr. Burleigh leads the development and maintenance of implementations of BP and LTP software, with the long-term goal of enabling deployment of a delay-tolerant Solar System Internet.  The ION version of DTN software is now in continuous operation on the International Space Station and is being used for operational studies on-board the EO-1 Earth-orbiting spacecraft.

Mr. Burleigh has received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal and four NASA Space Act Board Awards for his work on the design and implementation of these communication protocols.

Secretary: Konstantin Kalaitzidis

KKBorderKonstantin has expertise in the areas of Aerospace engineering, Internet engineering, enterprise architecture and technical program management. He has led strategic, enterprise-level, technology and infrastructure programs, built integrated architecture frameworks, and worked on research, design, analysis, and test projects.

Konstantin has worked in the aerospace industry, operated his own ISP and put in a long stint in at Cisco Systems in a variety of IT leadership roles. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, in Aerospace Engineering.  Konstantin is also a board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Internet Society.



Treasurer: Ken Krechmer


. In 2012 he received first prize in the IEC Challenge paper competition. In 2006 he received a joint second prize in the IEC Centenary Challenge paper competition. Krechmer is a founder and the technical editor of Communications Standards Review and Communications Standards Summary 1990 – 2002, is also a winner of first prize at the World Standards Day paper competition in 1995 and 2000. Ken participated in the development of the International Telecommunications Union Recommendations for Group 3 facsimile (T.30), data modems (V.8, V.8bis, V.32, V.32bis, V.34, V.90), and Digital Subscriber Line transceivers (G.994.1). He was Program Chair of the Standards and Innovation in Information Technology (SIIT) conference in USA, Netherlands, Canada and Japan. Krechmer is a lecturer at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA. Krechmer is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the Society of Engineering Standards. He learns from his seven delightful grandchildren and applies his technical interests to research, writing and teaching about standards.


Board Member: Keith Scott


Dr. Keith Scott worked for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1997-1998, where he used ACTS mobile terminal data to characterize the effects of Ka-band satellite channels on TCP and SCPS-TP performance. Since joining The MITRE Corporation in 1998, Keith has worked on a number of projects for NASA and the DoD concerning communications in stressed environments including satellite and tactical data networks. He began working on the Interplanetary Internet in 1998, implemented a precursor to the current Bundle Protocol, and is co-author of the Bundle Protocol RFC.  Keith currently serves as Area Director for Space Internetworking Systems for the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems and leads the CCSDS DTN working group that is standardizing DTN protocols for use in civilian space missions. Keith is also a member of the Internet Research Task Force and Internet Engineering Task Force’s Delay Tolerant Networking working groups.






Chair: Mike Snell

mjjsBorderMike Snell has spent 14 years in various IT management and leadership positions at Cisco Systems  and consulting/contracting firms. Before changing to an IT career, Mike worked for Compaq, Tandem Computers and Digital Equipment Corporation in various facilities and corporate real estate management responsibilities. He also ran his own facilities management consulting firm. Mike is also a board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Internet Society. He has degrees in Theater Arts and Public Speaking, and freely admits to being yet another Liberal Arts major gone bad…




Board Member: Jay Wyatt

WyattBorderJay Wyatt manages the Space Networking and Mission Automation Program Office within the Interplanetary Network Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  In 2006, Jay co-led development of the NASA roadmap that was used to formulate the NASA DTN Project.  Since the project was initiated in 2008, he has been the implementation manager for the NASA multi-center DTN development activity that has included successful flight tests of DTN on the EPOXI spacecraft, the EO-1 spacecraft, and the International Space Station.  Jay co-conceived the flight test that first validated DTN in deep space via testing onboard NASA’s EPOXI spacecraft, led the research initiative that designed it, and was program manager during the development and operations phases.  Jay also manages development of technologies for NASA’s multi-mission ground system for deep space and astrophysics missions and oversees development of advanced software for operating the antennas of NASA’s Deep Space Network.


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