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Douglas Van Houweling Internet Hall of Fame Awarded In 2014

Douglas Van Houweling

Douglas Van Houweling

Award Name : Internet Hall of Fame

Year of Award : 2014

Award for : Computers and Internet

Location : Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States


Dr. Van Houweling was serving as chief information officer at the University of Michigan and chairman of the board of the MERIT Network, a statewide computing network in Michigan in 1987, when the National Science Foundation awarded MERIT the responsibility for the operation and management of the NSFnet national backbone -- the foundation upon which the global Internet was built. During MERIT’s seven-year tenure, Internet traffic and connectivity grew by more than 400% per year. By 1992, when the NSFnet project began transitioning the Internet backbone to commercial providers, more than 6,000 networks were connected, one-third of which were outside the United States. And by 1994, networks in 94 countries were connected and the Internet had become a global phenomenon.

Van Houweling was also Chairman of the Board of Advanced Network and Services Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that enabled the transition of large-scale Internet capabilities from the higher education and research realm to commercial reality. From 1997 to 2010, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Internet2, the national research and education network for the United States.


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