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12-09-2015

Clarkson University Professor & Students Receive Travel Grants to Attend Network Operations Meeting

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Computer Science Yaoqing Liu and four students received travel awards from the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) College Immersion Program to attend the 65th annual meeting.

NANOGComputer science Ph.D. student Supraja Gurajala, computer science graduate student Herbert Beadle, computer science undergraduate student Kiki Fausel '17, computer science undergraduate student Jae Hoon Jang '15, and Liu attended the meeting in Montreal this fall.

The program allowed the students to learn about the world of network operations and the latest advances in the field directly from industry leaders. The NANOG meeting featured several different programs beneficial to students attending the meeting, including tutorials, classes, keynotes, general session content and presentations.

"Attending the meeting allowed me to understand the new research directions in networks operation," Gurajala said. "It was also educational to hear from industry leaders about advances being made in the Internet infrastructure. We were made aware of internship options available in the field."

NANOG's focus is to improve the performance of the Internet by looking into the underlying technologies that make the Internet function. Some of the topics covered during the meeting include routing and switching, inter-domain routing, Domain Name System, security and architecture.

"The NANOG conference was great," Beadle said. "It was an informal atmosphere with interesting technical talks during the day and good opportunities to make professional connections in the evenings. The talks covered many facets of networking and the Internet, ranging from international networking, to Wi-Fi, to DDOS, to various logistical issues that apply to ISPs. The venue was comfortable and well-catered. There were even a few opportunities to get out and see Montreal. I would definitely attend NANOG again if given the opportunity. It was an excellent experience overall."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: From left to right, Clarkson University computer science Ph.D. student Supraja Gurajala, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Yaoqing Liu, computer science graduate student Herbert Beadle, computer science undergraduate student Jae Hoon Jang '15 and computer science undergraduate student Kiki Fausel '17, received travel awards from the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) College Immersion Program to attend the 65th annual meeting.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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