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IU Tech Research Center Names Interim Director

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The Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education has named Steve Wallace interim executive director. He takes over for Matt Davy, who is moving to the private sector.

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January 30, 2013

News Release

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE) has announced that Steve Wallace will step into the role of acting executive director. Wallace succeeds Matt Davy, who is transitioning to a new position in the private sector.

Supported by Indiana University, InCNTRE seeks to advance development, increase knowledge and encourage adoption of software-defined networking (SDN) technologies through education, research and collaboration. In recent years, SDN has emerged as a way for organizations to save money and time by building customized and dynamic networks.
Wallace has been with InCNTRE since its formation, acting as associate director for education and international collaboration initiatives. An early and ardent proponent of SDN, he has led workshops around the world on the technology and the research it enables.

"Steve's passion and knowledge about SDN technologies make him an ideal leader for InCNTRE," said David E. Jent, IU associate vice president of networks. "His track record of innovative networking solutions, combined with his deep understanding of IU's strengths, will make for a bright future."

"SDN is by far the most exciting development in networking that I've seen in the last decade," noted Wallace. "For the first time in my career, industry and university research are working together to chart the future of network technology. As executive director of InCNTRE, I will continue to bridge the two."

Wallace's formative role in the new InCNTRE SDN User Group (ISUG) is one way he has already started engaging IT professionals in explorations of SDN technologies. ISUG brings together Fortune 500 business leaders who are investigating SDN technologies and the impact they may have on their networks. (To read more, see: http://go.iu.edu/6KY.)
In addition to his work with InCNTRE, Wallace has more than 25 years of experience in network design, research and deployment - including 10 years leading IU's engineering support for Abilene (Internet2's first high-speed backbone) and directing the university's Advanced Network Management Lab. Wallace also served as the senior technical advisor for Internet2, where he led development of the network's successful Broadband Technology Opportunities Program proposal for a $90 million dollar upgrade.

Source: Indiana University

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