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VINTON G. CERF

Senior Vice President, Internet Architecture and Engineering
MCI Communications Corporation

Vint Cerf is senior vice president of Internet architecture and engineering of MCI Communications Corporation. Cerf is responsible for the development of MCI's Internet network, one of the world's fastest and largest Internet backbones. He oversees the design and development of the network architecture that will enable MCI to deliver a combination of data, information, voice and video for businesses and consumers.

Cerf is the co-inventor of the computer networking protocol, TCP/IP, which has become the language for Internet communications. A recognized expert in Internet development and technologies, Cerf speaks to groups around the world about the Internet. He served from 1992-1995 as the founding president of the Internet Society.

Cerf, who previously was with MCI in the early 80s, also served as vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), where he conducted national research efforts on information infrastructure technologies.

From 1982 to 1986, Cerf was vice president of MCI Digital Information Services, serving as chief engineer in the development of MCI Mail, one of the first commercial electronic mail services. He played a major role in sponsoring the development of Internet-related data packet technologies during his stint with the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) from 1976 to 1982.

Cerf is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Board of Trustees to Gallaudet University. Recently, he has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet.
These include:

  • The C&C Prize from the Foundation for Computer and Communication Promotion
  • The Industry Legend Award from the Computer and Communications Industries Association ~ The 1996 Computerworld/Smithsonian Leadership Award
  • And the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union.

In 1997, Cerf was appointed to a presidential panel to review the US Government's program for the Next Generation Internet and was named a co-recipient of the National Medal of Technology with Robert E. Kahn, for their work on the Internet.

Cerf holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Stanford University and a master of science degree and Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Capitol College and Gettysburg College.

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