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Press releases 30 July 2012

Internet Society Announces Fellows to Attend Internet Engineering Task Force Meeting in Vancouver

Eleven technologists receive fellowships to build skills, share expertise, and network with IETF community

[Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland] — The Internet Society today announced that it has awarded new and returning fellowships to eleven highly-skilled engineers to attend the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting held 29 July – 3 August in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The Internet Society awards fellowships to enable technologists from developing countries to participate in the IETF meetings. First-time fellows are paired with an experienced mentor and are given the opportunity to make a positive contribution to IETF work. The IETF, the Internet’s premier standards-making body, represents an international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers involved in the technical operation of the Internet and the continuing evolution of Internet architecture.

“The Internet Society has a long-standing commitment to encourage and support next-generation technical leaders from around the globe,” said Toral Cowieson, Senior Director of Internet Leadership at the Internet Society. “This round of IETF Fellowships garnered more than 250 impressive applications from 65 countries. We are excited to help accelerate the careers of these professionals and to provide an opportunity for them to participate in and contribute to the important work of the IETF.”

The first-time Internet Society IETF Fellows for the IETF 84 meeting are:

Shabbir Ahmed (Bangladesh) is an associate professor at the University of Dhaka. Prior to that, Shabbir worked as a system administrator of the ISP division of Drik Picture Library. Current research interests include routing issues of Mobile Adhoc Networks (MANET), Delay Tolerant Networks (DTN), and deployment of IPv6.

Raitme Citterio (Venezuela) is a graduate of Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado (UCLA) in Venezuela where he studied computer engineering. His specialty is management and development of online knowledge and learning communities. Raitme is interested in many areas of the IETF, including Web Security (websec), Home Networking (homenet), and IPv6 (6man, 6lowpan, 6renum, and v6ops).

Xiaohong Deng (China) is a research engineer and technical leader, specifically focused on IPv6 transitioning, in Orange Lab (France Telecom R&D) in Beijing, China. Her participation and contributions to IETF includes PCP, IPv6, softwires and mbond.

Omar Diaz (Venezuela) is a student at the University of The Andes – Venezuela. He is in the Master’s programme for computer science with an emphasis on telecommunications. His interests include TCP and related groups such as ICCRG, MPTCP, and LEDBAT.

Paul Muchene (Kenya) is a software entrepreneur and the technical lead at iHub in Nairobi. Paul recently joined the IETF IPv6 maintenance (6Man) and DNSSEC (dnsext) working group mailing lists, and his core areas of interest are DNS operations, DNSSEC, and IPv6 transitioning.

Nomsa Muswai (Zimbabwe) is a Network Engineer at ZOL, which is part of the Liquid Telecommunications group in Zimbabwe. Nomsa is particularly interested in broadening knowledge and participation in the following areas: MPLS routing, IPv6 migration implementation, and 3-P2P, Layer 2&3 VPN, particularly in MPLS.

Saurabh Srivastava (India) works with NEC India in Mumbai, India and previously worked with Tata Communications. Focus areas include routing protocols (mainly OSPF and BGP), MPLS VPN, QoS issues, and IPv6 migration issues.

The Returning Fellows for the 84th IETF meeting are:

Burmaa Baasansuren (Mongolia)

Fernando Gont (Argentina)

Vinayak Hegde (India)

Dorcas Muthoni (Kenya)

The Internet Society Fellowships to the IETF in 2012 are made possible by donations from Internet Society Organization members Afilias, Google, Microsoft, SIDN, and Verisign. Since its inception in 2006, this programme has made 125 awards to technologists from more than 40 developing countries to participate in IETF meetings.

About the Internet Society
The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from around the world. With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone. For more information, visit www.internetsociety.org.

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