About Me

I was fortunate to have a number of formative adventures: during high school as an intern in atmospheric physics with work at Cape Kennedy, and in college designing and building computer and networking hardware, which lead to building the first internet network in Minnesota.

As a co-founder of the Minnesota Supercomputer Center, I pioneered supercomputer-workstation interworking for science, helped catalyze the development of the first Internet browser (Gopher), and founded one of the original NSFNet regional networks (MRNet). On leaving the University I co-founded an ISP (Internet Way) as architect. This lead me to Loral/Orion in Washington DC where I Directed the development of international DVB-IP satellite services, with an eye toward extending the Internet to the developing world. At SkyStream in California I worked on advanced satellite internet architecture, and was a member of the Technical Advisory Board. More recently at Frontier in California I guided the development and demonstration of next generation streaming video technology, in hope that if we give people access to better content, they will prefer it to the drivel usually broadcast. Not to mention a few “extra” professional projects such as a satellite study for the MIT One Laptop Per Child project.

These days I am working on my lake home in Wisconsin, having fun building a small radio telescope for teaching, and trying to finish restoration of a 1942 jeep.

I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota (at UofM), and have also taken classes at Stanford (at Stanford) and the University of Oslo (in Norway). My wife is an oceanographic researcher who lives in France. I have a daughter who graduated from Oxford and now teaches in Boston.

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