Institute for Corean-American Studies

David J. Farber
Biographic Sketch

Prof. Farber is on leave from the University of Pennsylvania (Upenn) serving as Chief Technologist at the Federal Communications Commission. At Upenn, he is the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems holding appointments in the Computer and Information Science Department and of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

At UPenn, he is Director of the Distributed Computer Laboratory -- DSL where he manages leading edge research in High Speed Networking. He also directs the Center for Communications and Information Sciences and Policy of the Moore School and is on the Faculty Council of the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management of the Wharton School.

His early academic research work was focused at creating the worlds first operational Distributed Computer System -- DCS while at the ICS Department at the University of California at Irvine. After that, while with the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Delaware, he helped conceive and organize CSNet, NSFNet and the NREN.

He graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1956 and then started a eleven year career at Bell Laboratories where he helped design the first electronic switching system - the ESS as well as helping to design the programming language SNOBOL.. He then went west to The Rand Corporation and to Scientific Data Systems prior to joining academia. At both Bell Labs and Rand, he had the privilege, at a young age, of working with and learning from giants in our field.

Prior to joining the FCC, Prof. Farber served three years on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Information Technology. He also serves on Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- the EFF and was a two term member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society -- the ISOC . He is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Democracy and Technology - CDT. He recently completed 10 years of service on the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board -- CSTB.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and was the recipient of the 1995 Sigcomm Award for life long contributions to the computer communications field. He was awarded in 1997 the prestigious John Scott Award for Contributions to Humanity. Past awardees include Albert Einstein and Madam Curie.

His industrial experiences are extensive, Just as he entered the academic world, he co-founded Caine, Farber & Gordon Inc. (CFG Inc.) which became one of the leading suppliers of software design methodology. He is also on a number of industrial advisory boards including He is a Visiting Professor of the International University of Japan and the CyberLaw Institute. on many industrial Advisory Boards included : AT&T Corporate Technical Advisory Board, Earthlink, Intertrust, Covad, Com21, Sandpiper and Growth Networks and others, He is a Member of the Board of Directors of IX Entertainment. The Innovation Factory, FastNet and Industrix. of his current contributions to the networking community is the influential Interesting People Electronic Newspaper.

He recently received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology where he is also a member of the Board of Trustees.

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2000 Spring Symposium

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