Announcing Ray Barghi, Executive Director, MDREN July 29, 2019

Ray Barghi is now the Executive Director of Maryland Research and Education Network. In this role, he is focused on providing leadership to create business value through leveraging human connectivity, ‘Smart Network’, and above/beyond Network services to accomplish stakeholder success.

Ray Barghi has extensive experience in multiple industries including Information Technology, Higher Ed, and Telecom.

Prior to his new role as Executive Director of MDREN, he served as CTO for SPUG, where he provided leadership, direction, and consulting for a growing global organization of 40+ service providers in Digital Transformation, Big Data Analytics, AI, and Cybersecurity.

Previously, he served as Chief Information Officer for Baltimore City College and focused on student success and workforce development. He led Digital and Service Transformation including Cloud migration and implementation of new enterprise applications.

Ray also worked as the Chief Information, Product, and Technology Officer for Huawei, a global Fortune 100 company, responsible for Network Transformation, Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, and IoT. He led a global team and played a critical role in developing innovative products and significantly reducing cost.

Earlier he joined Nextel as Director of Technology Development and held a variety of positions with Nextel and Sprint Nextel, where he successfully developed and launched major programs.

Prior to Nextel, Ray was with Ericsson where he held a number of key positions and most recently served as the Director of Technology Development for mobile and Internet products. He was instrumental in championing end-to-end solutions and partnerships.

Ray Barghi holds a B.S., M.S., and PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Oklahoma where he also served as a member of faculty, lectured and conducted research in Computer and Electrical Engineering.

Global Research Platform (GRP) Workshop July 16, 2019

Registration is now open for the Global Research Platform (GRP) Workshop, to be held 17-18 September 2019 at University of California San Diego. The website provides detailed information on the program, the venue and hotels in the vicinity. Registration is US $200 through August 15, 2019, and is US $300 starting August 16. The GRP Workshop has a number of informed keynote talks and panel sessions to stimulate discussions among attendees on a variety of topics, including application drivers, cyberinfrastructure, distributed data fabrics, data movement services, programmable networking, next-generation optical networking developments, and introductions to some of the evolving research platform initiatives taking place worldwide. The goal of this Workshop is to bring together network researchers, engineers and managers as well as application scientists to share best practices and advance the state of the art. [Learn more…]

WIN-ning Women Selected for Women in IT Networking at SC July 10, 2019

This year, nearly 30 women applied for the WINS program. Leaders within the Research and Education Network and HPC communities reviewed their applications to select the final seven candidates, who hail from incredibly diverse backgrounds. To view the announcement, visit the SC19  Blog.