American Advanced Networks – Expanding Mandates to Build Cost-Efficient Shared Services

This panel discussion will primarily discuss the trend of developing shared IT services amongst advanced networks in the United States to foster research, science and education. A panel consisting of representatives from the QUILT (a national organization representing US regional networks), CENIC, Pacific Northwest Gigapop, and Oregon Gigapop will give an overview of their mandates, goals and accomplishments, as well as discuss their initiatives to influence the national agenda of information technology through shared services.

The facilitator will challenge the panelists with the most relevant and interesting of questions surrounding shared services and advanced networks in the research and higher education community. Audience members are also welcome to join the conversation, providing a great opportunity for researchers, IT professionals and students to learn more about how the network is being developed south of the border for collaboration, learning and discovery.

Panel Participants

Sherilyn Evans, Director of Technical Operations, CENIC.

Sherilyn Shiotsu Evans is the Director of Technical Operations at the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). CENIC is charged with designing, provisioning, and operating robust, high-capacity, next-generation Internet communications services through a cohesive infrastructure for its associates and affiliates, who are drawn from California’s higher education academic and research communities. CENIC also provides services to California K-12 schools and, in order to facilitate the education and research mission of its associates, to non-California higher education institutions, and to industry research organizations with which CENIC Associate researchers and educators are engaged. Prior to joining CENIC, Sherilyn served as Manager of Desktop and LAN support at the University of California Office of the President.

Jen Leasure, President and CEO, QUILT

Jennifer (Jen) Leasure is the President and CEO of The Quilt – a consortium of the country’s advanced regional networking organizations supporting research and education.  Jen was formerly the Program Manager for The Quilt where she helped to shape the strategic direction of the organization through developing and supporting programs of strategic importance to members and outreach to the R&E networking community.  Prior to joining The Quilt, Jen served as Director of Customer Operations for a commercial internet provider and has over 14 years of experience in the telecommunications and healthcare industries.  Jen has extensive experience in operational management, organizational optimization, and development of partner relationships.  Jen has designed and implemented operational improvement initiatives including automation, organizational design and process improvement across all areas of operations for broadband, telecommunications and healthcare providers.  Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Colorado State University and a Master in Arts in Microeconomics from the University of New Mexico.

Amy Philipson, Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP)

Amy Philipson co-founded and managed the organizational evolution of to a multi-state advanced networking enterprise and a sophisticated network infrastructure that includes the major research universities and R&D institutions in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Idaho, and Northern Oregon. The infrastructure includes specific state K-20 and clinical networks plus (in partnership with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) the PacificWave international peering fabric.

Ms. Philpson is presently working with NSF funded Ocean Observing Initiative Cyberinfrastructure team to aid them in deploying a network infrastructure that will maximize benefits to the Ocean Sciences community and enable their major new undersea realtime sensor and robotics.

In collaborative efforts with ResearchChannel, Ms Philipson led the pioneering efforts in Internet HDTV from one-way streaming to 1.5 Gbps very low latency videoconferencing. Ms Philipson is currently the CEO of ResearchChannel and serves as the Vice Chair of Internet2’s Applications, Middleware and Security Advisory Council. She holds a B.S. and M.C.P. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Panel Presentation

Target Audience

General Audience

Session Duration

90 Minutes

Session Schedule

Wednesday May 2, 2012

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Fletcher Theatre (Room 1900)


Michael Hrybyk