: Dr. David Sincoskie, Vice President of Telcordia and
Member of National Academy of Engineering
Title: Packet Switching Comes of Age: From Research to Commercial
Date and Time: January 28 (Friday), 2005, 3 pm
Place: 143 Coates Hall, LSU
Reception: Same Location, 4 Pm
After the successful experiment with the Arpanet in the 1970's,
in the mid 1980's the government had to face the success problem: how to transition
what would later be called the internet into a commercial industry? At about the same
time, telecommunications researchers in industrial labs around the world were
beginning to experiment with the broadband packet switching at speeds of 150 megabits
per second and above. This talk will give the speaker's personal perspective on how these
two discrete activities became intertwined, and in the process evolved into today's
About the Speaker:
Dr. Sincoskie is Group Senior Vice President of the
Network Systems Research Laboratory at Telcordia (formerly Bellcore). The laboratory
consists of over 100 researchers involved in many aspects of Internet and broadband
networking. Major areas of activity in the lab are Internet network management,
mobile and ad-hoc Internet, wireless communications, and optical network management.
He received his Ph.D. degree in E.E. from University of Delaware in 1980. From 1980 to 1983,
he worked for Bell Laboratories, where he installed the first Ethernet LAN. In 1983, he
joined Telcordia. For the first few years, he was District Manager of the Computer
Communications Research group, where he worked on Internet telephony and invented the
Virtual LAN. From 1986-1990, he managed the Packet Communications Research Department.
During 1990-1992, working with a consortium of computer vendors, he co-authored the first
specifications for Local ATM, which were later adopted by the ATM Forum.
From 1990 to 1996, Dr. Sincoskie was Executive Director of the Computer Networking
Research Department at Telcordia. He managed a group working on the AURORA gigabit
testbed, IPv6, IP over ATM, NSFNET, and broadband service control. He was the Project
Director for two operational NSFNET Network Access Points, Chicago and San Francisco,
which today interconnect approximately 150 Internet service providers.
Dr. Sincoskie is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the IEEE.
He received the University of Delaware's Distinguished Electrical Engineering Alumnus
award in 1994 and the Bellcore President's award in 1993. In 2003, he received the IEEE
Fred W. Ellersick prize paper award. He is also an adjunct Professor of Computer and
Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania.