OSU professor named to prominent selection panel


CORVALLIS - An Oregon State University computer engineer has been named to a national committee that will nominate board members to the influential University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development.

The non-profit consortium is led by academic, corporate and affiliate members providing leadership to the Internet2 project, of which Oregon State is a founding member.

Cherri Pancake, OSU professor of computer science, will serve as committee's representative from the national computer science research community. Other committee members include President Graham Spanier of Pennsylvania State University, a former OSU provost; President Hunter Rawlings of Cornell University; President Molly Broad of the University of North Carolina; and Greg Jackson, chief information officer at the University of Chicago.

Many in the both the public and private sector are eager for the development of Internet2, which promises greater bandwidth to support greater on-line computer collaboration among educators and researchers across the nation.

Internet2 is part of the Clinton administration's Next-Generation Internet initiative. Pancake and OSU have been central to Oregon's participation in the development of a new national network infrastructure. OSU has been a leader in making high speed network services accessible to Oregon's researchers, educators, and students.

In 1997, OSU was the only university in the Pacific Northwest named to participate in the National Science Foundation's National Partnership for Advanced Computing.