ISOC Fellowship Program

By: Mat Ford

Date: October 27, 2007

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Five technologists, educators, and students from the developing world were named recipients of the Internet Society’s Fellowship to the IETF. The fellows were selected prior to IETF 68 in Prague from a large pool of well-qualified applicants. In addition to the financial and administrative support that enabled the fellows to attend IETF 69 in Chicago, each fellow was paired with a mentor from the community of experienced IETF participants.

ISOC fellow Burmaa Baasansuren is director of the .MN ccTLD registry for Datacom, the Mongolian Internet service provider. Burmaa has an interest in issues related to the Domain Name System and IPv6. She was mentored by Marcos Sanz Grosson, deputy head of system development at DENIC, the ccTLD registry for Germany.

IETF fellows and mentors in Chicago
IETF fellows and mentors
in Chicago

Sandra L. Céspedes is professor of information technology at ICESI University in Colombia. She is interested in the work of a number of IETF working groups, including ipv6, mipshop, sip, and manet. Sandra was mentored by Alain Durand, who is director of the office of the chief technology officer at Comcast.

Originally from Nepal, Raj Gurung is a graduate student in computer science at Western Illinois University. He, too, is interested in a number of working groups, including manet, mpls, IPv6, and dhc. Raj was mentored by Dave Meyer, director of advanced research and development at Cisco.

Both Martín Germán and Alberto Castro are graduate students at the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay. They have actively participated in the PCE working group. Jean-Louis Leroux of France Télécom, who is also active in the PCE WG, served as mentor for both fellows.

The Internet Society expresses its gratitude to the IETF 69 mentors as well as those who served on the fellowship application review and selection committee, including James Galvin, Jaap Akkerhuis, Alain Patrick Aina, Sanjaya, and Frederico Neves.

Special thanks to Afilias and Google for their sponsorship of the fellowship program. Support for this important program by businesses and organisations is welcome. Read complete information about the program, including sponsorship benefits.