Chris Grundemann is a passionate Internet Technologist and a strong believer in the Internet's power to aid in the betterment of humankind. In his current role as Director of Deployment and Operationalization (DO) at the Internet Society, Chris is focused on helping to get key Internet technologies, such as IPv6 and DNSSEC, deployed around the globe.
Chris has over a decade of experience as both a network engineer and architect designing, building, and operating large IP, Ethernet, and Wireless Ethernet networks. Prior to taking the "DO" helm, Chris was focused on technical leadership, innovation, and contributions to standards & specifications as CableLabs' Lead Architect of Advanced Network Technologies. While there Chris took over and successfully led their IPv6 deployment coordination efforts to conclusion, co-created and led development of the HIPnet™ home router architecture (which facilitates self-configuring multi-router home networks) from initial ideation through prototype demonstration, and won the coveted CableLabs 'Inventor of the Year' award for 2012 (he currently has 11 patents pending). Before that, Chris was responsible for setting forward looking architectures and leading technology development efforts at tw telecom inc. Chris has also worked as a Network Engineer for Virtela Communications and as the Manager of Network Systems and Operations at WavMax Broadband/Hometown Access.
In addition to his professional career, Chris has remained consistently engaged in the broader Internet community as well. Currently serving as Founding Chair of the US Colorado Chapter of the Internet Society, board member for the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force (RMv6TF), elected member of the ARIN Advisory Council (AC), appointed member of the NANOG Program Committee (PC), and co-chair of the NANOG-BCOP efforts which he also co-founded. He has previously held positions with CEA, UPnP, and DLNA focused on IPv6 development.
Chris has written two books: Day One: Exploring IPv6 and Day One: Advanced IPv6 Configuration; as well as several IETF Internet Drafts, various industry papers, a CircleID blog, a personal weblog, and several other publications. Plus he is often sought out to present at conferences and NOGs around the world. His specialties include network design, protocol design, consensus building, technology evangelism, research and development (R&D), leading collaborative groups, communicating abstract ideas to diverse audiences and generally getting stuff done!