Dean’s Lecture Series Explores Improving the Internet

RIT’s Golisano College hosts Peter Freeman, formerly of the National Science Foundation

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Peter Freeman, former assistant director of the National Science Foundation and the founding dean of computing at Georgia Tech, will be the featured guest in the first installment of this year’s Dean’s Lecture Series, sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano of Computing and Information Sciences.

Freeman will present GENI at Age Three: Origins, Objectives, Outlook at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, in the Xerox Auditorium, James E. Gleason Building, on the RIT campus. The free, public event will be followed by a reception.

The GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) Internet Research Project began in 2004 under Freeman’s leadership at the NSF to explore new approaches to networking and improving the Internet. Freeman will discuss the ideas behind the project and its current objectives.

Freeman served as assistant director of the National Science Foundation, heading the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, from 2002 to 2007. In this position he was responsible for initiating and leading the GENI Project in addition to a number of other new programs. In 1990, Freeman was founding dean of the College of Computing at Georgia Tech where he is now an emeritus dean and professor. He currently serves as a director of the Washington Advisory Group, advising on university and R&D strategy and management, especially in information technology, cyberinfrastructure, research networks and software development.