CENIC STAR | Phat Tran
Phat Tran has been a network engineer on CENIC's Operations team since March of 2009. His strong technical skills and consistently solid contributions have earned him the award of May's CENIC Star.Read more
CENIC’s 2017 Annual Conference, The Right Connection 2.0, took place on March 19-22, with more than 320 registrants and 15 sponsors taking part. Held in La Jolla at venues including UC San Diego’s Calit2 Qualcomm Institute and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the event drew members of the research and education community from across California, the US, and abroad. Planned by a program committee of leaders representing all segments of the CENIC community, the goal of the conference was to deepen understanding of existing communities and discover ways to build new communities among CENIC’s diverse segments.
With CENIC completing its 20th year of operation, CEO Louis Fox began the conference by reflecting on the past and laying out goals for the future. He showed a video about the history of CENIC, which was accompanied by a newly released book, CENIC: 20 Years of Connecting California.
The 32 sessions that comprised the conference dealt with topics as diverse as global scientific and cultural exchange, promoting gender equity in the technology workforce, enabling public access to data, bringing high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved communities, and optimizing network security while finding a balance between openness and secure networks.
There were several plenary sessions over the three-day conference. Plenary sessions included the following:
A highlight of the conference was a series of presentations at Calit2’s Qualcomm Institute, a state-of-the-art research facility on the University of California San Diego Campus, which brings together interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, technical professionals, and industry partners to develop innovative technology solutions to large-scale challenges facing society in the 21st century.
Presentations at Calit2 included:
We would like to thank all the conference sponsors, presenters, and attendees for making the 2017 conference a success. Planning is already underway for the 2018 conference to be held in March in Monterey. If you are affiliated with a CENIC member institution, consider volunteering to be a part of the conference planning committee by contacting Lee Ann Weber at email@example.com. A call for session proposals will be issued this fall and CENIC welcomes proposals on topics such as fostering global scientific and cultural exchange, bringing high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved communities, promoting gender equity in the technology workforce, enabling public access to data, and optimizing network security.
Select Videos of the 2017 conference are on our YouTube Channel.
Download the 2017 conference program here. >
The Innovations in Networking Awards
Innovations in Networking Awards are given annually at the conference by CENIC to highlight exemplary innovations which leverage ultra high-bandwidth networking, particularly where those innovations have the potential to revolutionize the ways in which instruction and research are conducted or where they further the deployment of broadband in underserved areas.
At the CENIC Annual Conference, attendees enjoy presentations given by awardees on the award-winning projects and topics. To learn more about past awardees click here >