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2009 NANOG Election Ballot



General Information

2009 Election Results

2009 Steering Committee Candidates

2009 Program Committee Candidates

2009 Mailing List Committee Candidates

2009 Charter Amendments 

Eligible Voters

NANOG Charter


General Information

2009 NANOG Elections General Information

Hello NANOGers!

Per the charter, we are approaching the annual NANOG election and appointment time. In addition to the series of "call for nominations" messages at the opening of each period, we thought to send an overview and time line ahead of the actual nominations opening. Hopefully this will get more of the eligible members of the community to consider standing for a role in one of the Committees that helps makes NANOG what it is. All nominations should be sent to [email protected]


NANOG Steering Committee


The NANOG Steering Committee works closely with Merit to promote, support and improve NANOG. The Steering Committee is responsible for the selection of the Program Committee and the Mailing List Committee, and is the community's instrument for ensuring that the NANOG organization remains open, relevant and useful. 

Elections for three of the seven positions on the Steering Committee will be held in October 2009. The currently-serving Steering Committee members whose terms are expiring are Steve Feldman, Jared Mauch and Chris Morrow. Chris has served two consecutive terms so per the charter, he cannot be considered for re-election until October 2010. 

Other than being an eligible voter, there are no restrictions on eligible candidates. Steering Committee members must commit to attending two out of every three annual NANOG meetings per the charter (6.2.6). A good candidate will have experience with Internet engineering, operations, and governance organizations as well as the principles and practices which guide them. Consensus organizing, leadership, outreach and communication skills are prized.


NANOG Program Committee


The Program Committee is a group of sixteen individuals from the NANOG community who together are responsible for the solicitation and selection of material for NANOG meeting Programs.

A new Program Committee will be selected by the Steering Committee after the election in October. Eight positions are to be filled. The currently-serving Program Committee members whose terms are expiring are Joel Jaeggli, Rodney Joffe, Sylvie LaPerriere, Kevin Oberman, Lane Patterson, Ren Provo, Josh Snowhorn and Todd Underwood. Furthermore, Joel, Ren, Josh and Todd have all served two consecutive terms so per the charter, they cannot be considered for another Program Committee appointment until October 2010. 

Per the NANOG charter (6.2.1), eligible candidates are individuals who have attended at least one NANOG meeting in the past 12 months (one or more of NANOG 45, NANOG 46 or NANOG 47). Broad technical knowledge of Internet operations and familiarity with NANOG meetings are useful attributes. Having constructive opinions and ideas about how NANOG meetings might be improved is of high value. 


NANOG Mailing List Committee


The Mailing List Committee is a group of five individuals from the NANOG community who together are responsible for the administration and moderation of the NANOG mailing lists. 

A new Mailing List Committee will be selected by the Steering Committee after the election in October. Two positions are to be filled. The currently-serving Mailing List Committee members whose terms are expiring are Kris Foster and Simon Lyall. 

The main NANOG mailing list serves an important role in the community by providing a day-to-day forum for network operators. Participating in the MLC gives you the opportunity to make a noticeable contribution. The MLC is covered under section 7.1.2 of the NANOG charter.




If you care about NANOG as a set of fora and think you would like to take a turn at volunteering your time to help make it better, please consider either volunteering yourself or nominating someone else. 

For more information about the role of any Committee, or to find out more about what's involved in being a Committee member, please do consult the current NANOG charter or contact someone who is already serving and ask them directly:


Joe Provo
on behalf of the NANOG Steering Committee


Election Timeline
New MLC appointed 11-03-09 
MLC nominations close 10-29-09 
Website and Email Lists Updated 10-23-09 
New SC appoints new PC 10-22-09 
New SC Breakfast 10-22-09 
Existing SC and New SC Dinner 10-21-09 
Voting for the 2009/2010 NANOG SC closes at 09:15 EDT 10-21-09 
PC Candidate Information posted/nominations close 10-19-09 
Voting for the 2009/2010 NANOG SC opens at 12:00 EDT 10-18-09 
Ballot approved 10-06-09 
Charter draft Posted on website 9-28-09 
Call for Mailing List Committee nominations 9-28-09 
SC Candidate information posted/nominations close 9-14-09 
PC Nominations begin 9-8-09 
Charter discussed in Futures 9-8-09 
SC Nominations begin 8-17-09 
Election Timeline Announcement Sent 7-13-09 
Request for continued participation from existing/eligible SC/PC members 6-19-09 
New web pages created 6-01-09

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2009 Election Results

Over 1,784 people were eligible to vote, with eligibility based on having attended at least one NANOG meeting in the past two years, beginning with NANOG 41. 

Of those who were eligible to vote, 196 people have voted. Voters could choose up to three (3) candidates and three (3) charter amendments. 

The voting mechanism was designed to ensure that each registered voter cast only one ballot. To respect privacy and protect confidentiality, the identity of the voter and the choices made on the ballot were decoupled so there is no way to know who voted for whom.


Winning Candidates


  • Steve Feldman, CBS Interactive
  • Sylvie LaPerriere, Tata Communications
  • Duane Wessels, Domain Name System Operations A

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who voted! 

A special thank you to all the SC Candidates that put their name in the pool to run for a position.


Charter Amendments

All Charter Amendments passed.


The Results

Candidate         Votes  
Steve Feldman, CBS Interactive         103  
Sylvie LaPerriere, Tata Communications         93  
Duane Wessels, Domain Name System Operations Analysis and Research Center         62  
Dorian Kim, NTT America         56  
 Lixia Zhang, UCLA         48   
 Christopher Quesada, Switch and Data         47  
Michael Lucking, Telx         44  
Tom Vest, Independent Consultant         28  
Henry Kilmer, Terrapin Communications, Inc.         18  
           499 votes cast  
Amendment         Votes  
amendment1 yes         150  
amendment1 no         34  
amendment2 yes         166  
amendment2 no         13  
amendment3 yes         172  
amendment3 no         13  

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2009 NANOG Steering Committee Candidates

All Steering Committee nominations should be sent to [email protected]


Terms Expiring: 

Steve Feldman, CBS Interactive
Jared Mauch, NTT/VERIO
Chris Morrow, Google*


Terms Not Expiring:

Patrick Gilmore, Akamai Technologies
Joe Provo, ITA
Robert Seastrom, ClueTrust
Betty Burke, Merit appointee

* Has served two consecutive terms so, as per the charter, person cannot be considered for re-election until October 2010. 


Nominations for the 3 Open 2009 SC Positions are:

Steve Feldman, CBS Interactive Statement of interest: As a Steering Committee member, I have been working towards ensuring that NANOG:
  • has a broad appeal to the network operations community
  • has a stable and sustainable business model
  • is operated in a transparent and accountable manner
  • works in cooperation with related groups 

If reelected, I will continue to focus on these goals. 

Biography: Steve Feldman has been involved in computer networking since 1978. He has worked in software development and network engineering for Tymnet and MFS/Worldcom, where he was the principal architect for the MAE Internet exchanges. Since then, he has gone on to work for several startups and acted as an independent consultant, and is now a network engineer for CBS Interactive (formerly CNET Networks). He was also chair of the NANOG Program Committee from 2005 through 2007. Steve received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Henry Kilmer, Terrapin Communications, Inc. Statement of interest: After having attended many NANOGs over the last I've have been attending NANOG since the beginning and have benefited greatly from the forum provided by NANOG. I'd like to continue to give back to the community and help NANOG continue to provide an exceptional forum. 

Biography: Henry Kilmer currently serves as President and Founder of Terrapin Communications, Inc. providing Internet Engineering and Operations talent to the marketplace. 

Hank has served as the Senior Vice President of Network Engineering for Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc (MFN). Hank has also held the role of Senior Director of Data Engineering at Intermedia Communications Inc. (formerly known as DIGEX). Prior to working for ICI, he worked at Sprint serving as their principal IP engineer. In addition, Hank worked for UUNET, where he was one of eight original Alternet engineers. 

Hank has worked in the Internet industry for over 20 years where he has developed or helped develop many technologies influential in the Internet's cultivation. He held a seat on the first Advisory Council of ARIN and has been on the Program Committee for NANOG.

Dorian Kim, NTT America Statement of interest: I've have been attending NANOG since the transformation of NANOG from regional techs meetings and over the years benefited greatly from the forum provided by NANOG. As such, I'd like to give back to the community and bring whatever experience and observations I made over the years back into NANOG process by serving on the Steering Committee should I be elected to serve the role. 

Biography: Dorian Kim currently serves as the director of IP Development at NTT America. He is responsible for the overall architecture and evolution of NTT Communications' Global IP Network as well as the devel opment of OSS systems supporting it. Additionally, Mr. Kim serves on the board of Packet Clearing Ho use (PCH). 

Prior to joining Verio in 1998, Mr. Kim worked for Sprint providing techincal oversight for the Data Engineering group. He has also served as the lead engineer for an NSF regional network, CICNet, ove rseing the academic network's commercial transition during the mid 1990s. At CICNet he played a lead ing role in the Internet community-wide cooperative deployment of new technologies, such as native I P multicast and multiprotol BGP. 

Mr. Kim has been an active participant during the last 15 years in networking fora such as NANOG, IE TF, IEPG, APRICOT and APOPS, and has been a frequent speaker at technical conferences.

Sylvie LaPerrière, Tata Communications Statement of Interest: I have been a regular attendee of nanog/ripe/apricot over the past 7 years. I have served a term on the Programme Committee and would welcome the opportunity to serve on the Steering Committee with the intention to:
  • Broaden the base of nanog attendees across researchers, network operators and vendors;
  • Develop a solid financial plan to ensure the sustainability of future nanog meetings.
  • Establish communication bridges across NOGs from the other Internet regions.

Biography: Sylvie LaPerrière, Director of Peering and Commercial Operations at Tata Communications, leads the expansion strategy of its Internet backbone network into new markets. Sylvie has 15+ years of product management experience in data and mobile telecommunications services. She joined the company (fka Teleglobe) in 1993 and launched its first commercial Internet service in 1995. 

Michael Lucking, Telx Statement of interest: After having attended many NANOGs over the last 12+ years and seen the process of hosting a NANOG, I now would like to work closer with the community. My employer fully supports my involvement in NANOG, and would assumes any Steering Committee activities to be part of my daily job. 

Biography: Michael Lucking has been working with IP networks since the early 90s. For the last 15 years Michael has worked with regional, national and international IP and content networks. He is the founder of the AtlantaIX which was acquired in 2008 by Telx. Today Michael is working to grow Telx's IP services. Michael is currently working on plans for Telx hosting NANOG 50.

Christopher Quesada, Switch and Data Statement of interest: In severing as a member of The Steering Committee I will follow the NANOG Charter and seek ways to enhance membership to the benefit of the community. 

Biography: Manages the Network Engineering department at Switch and Data, which includes the Network Infrastructure and R&D teams. His responsibilities include the deployment and design of Switch and Data’s MMR infrastructure, the supporting optical network interconnections and the PAIX exchanges. Prior to Switch and Data Christopher was the Technical Liaison at AboveNet for PAIX, and before this was the Assistant Director of Internetworking & Planning for Cogent Communications in charge of peering. Christopher has been a supporting NANOG thru companies he has worked for, actively participating in sponsorship of meetings and socials since 2000, including the Switch and Data, Hosted NANOG 34 in Seattle WA. Christopher has over 13 years of experience in engineering networks.

Tom Vest, Independent Consultant Statement of interest: I'd welcome an opportunity to serve on the NANOG Steering Committee, and believe that my rather unconventional background would enable me to make a unique contribution to the SC's undertakings during what is likely to be a period of dramatic changes in what "network operations" involves. The changes that are likely to boost the salience of my international economic and policy expertise are being driven largely by recent developments in the regional address policy communities -- particularly the widespread adoption of transfer-centered strategies for managing the post-allocation era distribution of IPv4, and the increasing sensitivity to and elimination of "operational" references from existing and proposed number resource policies. 

As a result of the first of these developments, the old system of managing protocol number resources through the mutual consent of address users will gradually be supplemented by indirect management via the "invisible hand" of the market. This shift is likely to cause IP address assignment (including address format selection) and usage practices to become even less bounded and predictable, and even more commercial and strategic than they are today. At the same time, a more thorough and explicit separation of RIR community policies from commercial and operational practices could progressively undermine the shared understanding of IP number-related operational issues among network operators. To increase the odds that ops-tested and proven "best practices" in IP address assignment and utilization will ultimately fill that gap, organizations like NANOG will need to focus more, and more consistent attention on the choices that network operators make that determine how IP number resources are used in production networks. And in a future where market forces are likely to strongly influence the IP numbering options from which they can choose, increased understanding of economic factors is likely to become an unavoidable adjunct to operational know-how. 

I would be honored to have an opportunity to work with the NANOG Steering Committee, to help prepare for these and/or any other developments of operational significance in the years ahead. 

Biography: Tom Vest has been an independent consultant, primarily on the economics of international network infrastructure deployment and cross-border Internet service delivery since 2006. His recent consulting engagements with the RIPE NCC Science Group, OECD Economics & Statistics Division, ICANN, Analysys|Mason, and others, straddle a broad range of strategic Internet measurement, analysis, commercial and public policy-related matters. The former Tokyo-based Senior Network Operations Manager for America Online (2000-2003), Tom was responsible for design, deployment, local management, and interconnection/peering for AOL's Transit Data Network (ATDN) in China, Australia, and Japan, and before that for deploying, maintaining, and interconnecting AOL's remote points of presence and caching complexes in Europe and South America. In the intervening years, he served as CAIDA's Senior Analyst for Internet Economics and Policy (2006), and as Research Program Manager for Packet Clearing House (2004-2005). Prior to joining AOL, Tom was a PhD candidate in international trade, monetary, and telecom policy at the University of Southern California, where he also served for three years as a program associate and rapporteur for the Pacific Council on International Policy/Council on Foreign Relations, covering critical international network and content industry issues including ITU multilateral settlement reforms and proposed "international charging arrangements for Internet services.

Duane Wessels, Domain Name System Operations Analysis and Research Center Statement of interest: I'm very pleased to be nominated for the NANOG Steering Committee and look forward to the opportunity to serve the networking community in this way. My background and involvement with NANOG is not so much as a network operator, but more as a researcher and tool developer. 

Biography: Following my college education in Physics and Telecommunications, I worked for many years on the Squid/IRCache project at UCSD. My, company The Measurement Factory, develops open source testing and measurement tools for HTTP and DNS. Currently I am the Director of the Domain Name System Operations Analysis and Research Center (DNS-OARC).

Lixia Zhang, UCLA Statement of interest: I have been participating in NANOG for more than 10 years. I've learned a lot from this great community, and have also helped bring research results to NANOG. NANOG meeting archive shows that I or my students have presented our work at NANOG about a dozen times. Recent results from our team include SecSpider, a global monitoring system for DNSSEC rolloutCyclops which is a 2nd generation of PHAS for route hijack monitoring, as well as AS level topology collection; and BGPmon which enables realtime and scalable dissemination of RouteViews data to all interested parties. I hope I can help as a channel bridging NANOG and academics. 

Biography: Lixia Zhang received her PhD degree in computer science from MIT in 1989 and joined Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a member of research staff. She joined UCLA Computer Science Department in 1996. Zhang has been participating in IETF starting from the first meeting in 1986. She currently co-chairs the IRTF Routing Research Group. She served on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) from 1994 to 1996, then from 2005 to 2009. She is also a member of the Asia Future Internet Board. Previously Zhang served as the vice chair of ACM SIGCOMM (1999-2003), Co-Chair of IEEE Communication Society Internet Technical Committee (1995-2000), Associate Editor for ACM Computer Communication Review (1991-1999), and on the Editorial Board for IEEE/ ACM Transactions on Networking (1992-1998). Zhang an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow, and the recipient for the 2009 IEEE Internet Award.

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2009 NANOG Program Committee Candidates

All Program Committee nominations should be sent to [email protected]


Terms Expiring:

Joel Jaeggli, Nokia*
Rodney Joffe, NeuStar
Sylvie LaPerriére, VSNL International
Kevin Oberman, ESnet
Lane Patterson, Equinix
Ren Provo, Comcast*
Josh Snowhorn, Terremark*
Todd Underwood, Google*


Terms Not Expiring: 

Nina Bargisen, TDC
Tom Daly, Dynamic Network Services, Inc.
Brian Deardorff, Level 3 Communications
Igor Gashinsky, Yahoo!
Mike Hughes, London Internet Exchange
David Meyer, Cisco Systems
Tom Scholl, AT&T
Richard Steenbergen, nLayer Communications, Inc.
Larry Blunk - Merit appointee


* Has served two consecutive terms so, as per the charter, person cannot be considered for re-election until October 2010.


Nominations for the Open 2009 PC Positions are:

Joe Abley, ICANN Biography: Joe Abley is the Director of DNS Operations at ICANN, where he is mainly tolerated by the small team of engineers responsible for the operation of L-Root and various DNSSEC-related infrastructure. Before ICANN, Joe worked variously within AS 9327, AS 5645, AS 12041, AS 3557, AS 6461, AS 4763 and AS 4768. Joe served as a director of the Toronto Internet Exchange, is a trustee of NZNOG and participates actively in the IETF. 

Joe has been attending and occasionally presenting at NANOG meetings since moving to Canada from New Zealand in 2000. He served on the NANOG Programme Committee from 2005-2006, was on the Steering Committee from 2005-2007, and was one of the people responsible for hosting NANOG 39 in Toronto. 

Statement of Interest: I have been an enthusiastic consumer of NANOG meeting content for many years, and have watched (and briefly contributed to) the changing approaches to building the programme during that time. 

I believe the NANOG programmes should reflect the community in tone and content and provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, seeding collaboration between operators as well as providing education. I am grateful for the nomination and the chance to participate in NANOG's ongoing success as a member of the Programme Committee. 

Cathy Aronson, Cascadeo Corporation Biography: Cathy began her networking career in 1988 at Merit, Inc where she worked on the NSFNet backbone and also CICNet, a network which interconnected the Big 10 universities. She engineered routing and addressing for BARRNet, the Energy Sciences Network, as well as @Home Network. Cathy was also a member of the technical staff at Packet Design, where she was responsible for operational aspects of their Internet scaling projects. Cathy has served on the ARIN Advisory Council continuously since 1997 and as well as one term on the ASO Address Council. 

Statement of Interest: I am very interested in being on the PC again. I am currently employed at Cascadeo Corporation. We do outsourced network operations and engineering for organizations and we are also a partner in the Washington Rural Broadband Cooperative. (www.warbc.net). I think that it's very important to have a solid agenda for the NANOG meetings and I would like to foster more cross pollination between ARIN and NANOG. I think the panels this time were an excellent start at that. 

John Brzozowski, Comcast Biography: At Comcast, John leads the firms deployment of IPv6. He leverages his expertise and experiences to drive the adoption and implementation of IPv6 ensuring that innovative solutions are in place to support traditional and next generation services. John has contributed significantly to many standards and technologies critical to the cable industry's adoption of IPv6, specifically those pertaining to voice, video, and data. He works closely with CableLabs on DOCSIS and PacketCable specifications and has contributed to IETF standards efforts. 

Prior to joining Comcast, while at Lucent Technologies, John served in a variety of technical roles. His innovative thinking was essential to the success of next generation product development efforts, which included IPv6, for Lucent Technologies' OSS software product suite. Acting as an IPv6 SME for the firm, John utilized his knowledge and industry contacts to fuel many IPv6 initiatives. He often worked with large enterprise and service provider customers developing comprehensive solutions and supporting large-scale deployments. 

John's work in the technical community currently includes acting as the chair of the MidAtlantic IPv6 Task Force, North American IPv6 Task Force Steering Committee member, and member of the IPv6 Forum. Through his work with these organization he helps to drive and support critical IPv6 activities regionally and nationally including but not limited to promoting IPv6 education, awareness, and of course adoption. John also serves as co-chair of the IETF DHC Working Group and co-chair of the MAAWG IPv6 sub-committee. 

Jim Cowie, Renesys Corporation Biography: Jim Cowie is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Renesys Corporation. Although best known to the NANOG community for his work on BGP routing dynamics and analysis of Internet transit markets, Jim's research roots are actually in high performance computing, parallel language compilation, and network modeling and simulation. When the web was young, he authored one of the first web-based collaborative environments for large-integer factorization, and was part of the distributed research team that cracked RSA-130. His current interests include Internet stability metrics and the economics of the developing world's Internet markets. Jim received a BS in Computer Science from Yale University. 

Statement of Interest: I've been participating in and learning from the NANOG community since NANOG23, when I presented our first analysis of global routing instability during the spread of the 2001 Nimda worm. I've helped bring more than a dozen presentations to the stage over the years since then. Like me, the NANOG audience craves talks full of practical engineering experience, war stories, cautionary tales, and a touch of applied research (based on hard data rather than theory). I especially love presentations that deliver unpleasant truths and elicit fireworks from the audience. I appreciate being nominated, and would be honored to lend the PC a hand in searching for and nurturing great technical content. 

Greg Dendy, Equinix Biography: Greg Dendy manages networks and engineers for Equinix in North America. He is the technical lead of the Internet Exchange platforms and guided efforts to meet the rising peering demand of recent years. Greg also manages an extensive internal enterprise LAN/WAN and external MPLS and DWDM metro networks. In his spare time, he evaluates current and future technologies (40Gb/100Gb, IPv6, etc), represents Equinix at ARIN meetings, and coordinates peering for AS14609. 

Greg was forged in the fires of Pacific Bell/SBC Internet during the rollout of residential broadband access in the mid/late 1990s, tempered in the @Home implosion of 2001 and has been honed by Equinix since 2004. He received a BA in Political Science from University of California, Santa Barbara and a MA in Political Science from California State University, Chico. 

Statement of Interest: I've been an active participant in the NANOG conferences over the last 5-6 years and served as host sponsor for NANOG35 in Los Angeles. I want to step up my involvement to include shaping the conference agenda. Some interesting tracks in IPv6 and datacenter technologies have developed in the last few years that I'd like to see flourish, and I see opportunities to bring in new types of content on metro fiber networks and outage post-mortems. My interaction with leading and up-and-coming hardware vendors, service/content providers and my occasional participation in LINX and other European fora puts me in a good position to find speakers and topics. 

Randy Epstein, WV Fiber Biography: Randy Epstein is a 22 year veteran of the industry. He is President of WV Fiber, a multi-national transit and transport provider as well as the Co-Founder and CIO of Host.net, an Inc.500 provider of enterprise/government Internet transit, transport, managed security, cloud computing and colocation services. Mr. Epstein serves on the Board of Directors of OCCAID, an IPv6 research and development network deployed globally to assist researchers and Internet service providers in their transition to next-generation IPv6 technology. Mr. Epstein has taken a keen interest in peering strategy and negotiation. Mr. Epstein currently serves on the NANOG MLC. 
Avi Freedman, ServerCentral Biography: Avi Freedman is CTO and VP of Cloud Services with ServerCentral, where he is rolling out a Private Cloud Platform for Enterprise and content provider customers. Prior to joining ServerCentral, Avi was at Akamai for 9.9 years where he founded the network group and played in the vast Akamai geek sandbox, interfacing Akamai Technologies to the real world. Avi founded Philadelphia's original ISP, netaxs, and started teaching Internet routing in the real world in the mid-90s. He was a founding member of the ARIN advisory council and is actively involved in the network community. 
Barry Greene, Juniper Biography: Mr. Barry Raveendran Greene is currently the Director of Juniper's Security Incident Response Team (SIRT). With 30 years in the industry, Barry brings a wide range of experiences and skills to the just of fulfilling Juniper's mission to deliver products that are Fast, Reliable, and Secure. Before Juniper, Barry's spent 12 years at Cisco Systems, spending the last 6 as Cisco's Chief SP Security Architect and Instigator - driving programs, products, innovation, and strategy to meet a SP's security business. Barry has served on the NANOG Program Committee in the past as well was worked with APRICOT, AFNOG, and other operational forums. (More on Barry's bio can be found at http://www.linkedin.com/in/barryrgreene). 

Statement of Interest: There has been a lot of changes with SP Security since I was last on the PC. I would like to take an active role to pull in talks and seminars which would help the community understand today's risk, tomorrow's threats, and the new approaches that are working with their peer's networks. 

Nicholas Harland, Constant Contact Biography: Nicholas Harland is a Sr. Network Engineer at Constant Contact (AS40444), where he is experiencing the Network Operations world as an end-user for the first time. Prior to Constant Contact, Nicholas was Sr. Network Engineer at Icelandic datacenter startup Verne Global, and in the past he has held various Engineering and Operations roles at Level3 Communications (AS3356), Computer Sciences Corporation, and BBN/GTEi/Genuity (AS1) dating back to 1998. Before 1998 he lived in a world of Livingston PM2s and Cisco AGS+ at a small dial-up ISP in New Hampshire. 

Statement of Interest: I have been attending meetings since NANOG17 and have been very pleased with the way the forum has evolved in the last few years. My goal on the PC would be to recruit content that is relevant to the community while also being attractive to those who are new to NANOG and the operator world in general. 

Anton Kapela Statement of Interest: I'd like to be considered for the NANOG programme committee. My experiences in organizing and hosting the WI-NOG conferences, owning a datacenter, and my constant involvement in research, education, and operations fields have all colored my views on that which constitutes "topical" for the NANOG attendee. 
Mohit Lad, Nokia Biography: Mohit Lad received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 2007 and is currently working at Nokia in the Services Business Unit. At Nokia, he is responsible for architecting and implementing instrumentation and tools to monitor Nokia's network. Mohit Lad has been actively involved in NANOG since his graduate study at UCLA. His thesis was on routing diagnosis and security with a focus on solving real operational problems. His research was supplemented with tools like the Link-Rank visualization for BGP routing diagnosis, and PHAS: Prefix hijack alert system (in joint collaboration with Colorado State University). He has presented these tools in the general session at prior NANOG meetings and was also the organizer and moderator for the Routing tools BOF. 

Statement of Interest: I have been involved in NANOG for the last 6-7 years, having attended quite a few meetings, presented during the main session and moderated the BGP/Routing tools BOF on a few occasions. My current industry job has given me a strong sense of operational problems and requirements. With my prior research background, I would bring in a unique blend of academic and industry experience into the NANOG PC. I have benefited immensely from being involved with NANOG during my Ph.D. and feel strongly about contributing in day-to-day activities as well as bring in fresh ideas. 

Bill Manning, USC's Information Sciences Institute Biography: Bill Manning serves on the research staff at USC's Information Sciences Institute. His primary technical interests have been in network operations and naming systems. 

His network design and operational experiences include global, private networks for industry, regional networking for the National Science Foundation, working on the design teams that built the first internet exchanges, the first IPv6 native networks and early all optical networks. 

He currently is active in DNS operational activities, heading up the operations of one of the Internets root nameservers. 

Bill has previously served on the program committees for the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG), and the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT). 

He was a Trustee of ARIN (American Registery for Internet Numbers) and on the Board of Directors for OCHER networks, a submarine cable company based in Australia. He is the managing partner in EP.NET, a private consultancy. 

Chris Morrow, Google, Inc. Biography: Chris Morrow started with UUNET/MCI in the Internet Customer Security Department assisting customers with mitigation of live security incidents and Denial of Service attacks. Over the five years he has been with UUNET/MCI he has remained in the Internet Customer Security Department while expanding his responsibilities to include development tasks and backbone security threat mitigation. While in this position Chris has helped develop several techniques for Denial of Service Mitigation, including the method currently used by UUNET/MCI to track attack traffic across its backbone and the method which allows UUNET/MCI customers to blackhole their own IP space in the event that space is being attacked. Additionally, Chris has contributed to several features available now on Juniper and Cisco routers used to provide security services. His responsibilities now include resolving security engineering tasks for the UUNET/MCI IP Backbone as well as customer security issues.

Chris has presented to several industry conferences the current 'best practices' for backbone security and customer security on a large backbone network. This has enabled many other large network service providers to implement similar reaction methods used to mitigate customer security issues, allowing better cooperation between network providers during global security incidents. 

Kevin Oberman, ESnet Biography: Kevin Oberman is a Senior Network Engineer at ESnet, the backbone research network for the US Department of Energy Office of Science where he deals with routing, peering, configuration management, traffic engineering, DNS, NTP, and other general network engineering issues. His background in networking goes back over 30 years to the early implementations of Ethernet. 

Statement of Interest: I have been involved with NANOG since NANOG4 and having served for a year and a half on the Program Committee. I am familiar with the process of developing NANOG programs. I have had extensive experience as a public speaker at technical conferences as well as a stint as an announcer at a commercial radio station and I believe I have a good idea of the content that is effective in providing a presentation which attendees will find of interest. My networking background is broad, covering LAN design and deployment as well as the engineering of national scale high capacity wide-area networks. 

Dani Roisman, Peak Web Consulting Biography: Dani Roisman provides Network Design and Engineering services at Peak Web Consulting. In addition to his role as a Senior Network Architect, he is also the Network Engineering Team Lead, providing technical guidance and oversight to other Network Engineers. He specializes in large content datacenters and networks, with a focus on peering and multi-homing to reduce costs, improve customer negotiating stance, as well as increased network capacity, performance, and fault-tolerance. His network design and implementation accomplishments include multiplayer game and social networking deployments hosting over 5,000 servers across 9 datacenters with Internet bandwidth capacities reaching 250Gbps. 

Prior to his tenure at Peak, Dani was the Director of Network and Facilities Architecture at Sony Online Entertainment. Since starting at Sony in 1997 as a computer technology generalist, he was a key asset as the company grew from a 40-person team making a handful of free web-based games, to a leader in the massively-multiplayer market, boasting a profitable business providing subscription-based premium games including EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, and PlanetSide. Responsibilities at Sony included design, implementation, and operations of a multinational content hosting network of over 4,500 servers. 

Statement of Interest: My early computer networking career benefited extensively from information learned at NANOG conferences, while my operational success over the years can be partially attributed to the threads on the mailing list. Recently I have begun to give back to the NANOG community with tutorials and other technical talks. 

Through my varied experience as a network engineering contractor, I am exposed to a wide range of current issues and shortcomings within computer networking, and believe that background will assist with creating a diverse and interesting agenda. 

I'm honored to have been nominated for the program committee, and would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the effectiveness of the conference by assisting with topic solicitation and selection. 

Adam Rothschild Biography: Adam Rothschild serves as Vice President of Network Architecture at Voxel, a hosting and Internet infrastructure provider with presences in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. Adam manages the design and upkeep of Voxel's production network, with a passion for metro DWDM, peering, and high-bandwidth server aggregation. 

He was previously involved as an advisor to several technology startups, and helped to develop the New York City eXchange (NYCX), a not-for-profit peering fabric. 

Statement of Interest: I've been attending the NANOG conferences on a regular basis beginning with NANOG 19 in Montreal. Over these ten years, I've discovered what works, and what doesn't. As a PC member, I will do my share to keep the conference agenda both engaging and operationally relevant. 

I will work to seek out interesting content, looking away from the "usual suspects" and towards vendors and colleagues developing particularly novel products and technologies. Specific areas I've found under-represented -- yet interesting to the NANOG community as a whole -- include datacenter/infrastructure automation, "alternate" last-mile access, and general problem-solving from the prospective of a content hoster. I'd also like to showcase more "real world" v6 deployments, looking to the success of the Philadelphia conference for examples. 

Joshua Shahala, IntelePeer Biography: Joshua is an IP Engineer at IntelePeer, a next-generation voice carrier and application provider, where he is involved in network planning, design, and operation. His current projects include backbone performance and scaling, security, automation, and increasing peering. 

Joshua has over a decade of experience working for various content, network, and VoIP service providers, with past responsibilities in operations, engineering and architecture, peering, and systems administration. He has been involved to varying degrees with NANOG, NZNOG, various open-source projects, and vendor users-groups where he brings a unique blend of knowledge and a willingness to help to the community. 

Statement of Interest: Having had mostly indirect invovlement when previous employers hosted and/or sponsored NANOG, I want to take a more active and direct role in shaping the future of the community and of the NANOG programme content. 

Specifically, I would seek content aimed at education and collaboration in order to present innovative solutions to current problems, as well as ideas to facilitate future growth and stability. I would also like to see greater involvement from small/mid-sized networks and VoIP providers in a forum where they can share their experiences with one-another.

Sonia Sakovich, Sprint Biography: I have been working at Sprint for 12 years where I started as a NOC Engineer. One year later I moved to the Data Engineering Organization where I was responsible for building Sprintlink sites in both the US and Asia. Various roles I performed included:
  • Site engineer performed both physical and logical router installations from Cisco 2511 to GSR 12416 routers to CRS routers (logical only)
  • Principal Program Manager for Sprintlink Asia Build involved in site selection, vendor review and installation Management of budgets for capacity planning and new site builds ranging from 2M to 27M
  • Present role as Peering Coordinator for Sprint Regulatory extern with the Sprint Regulatory Group/Legal group writing draft legal responses to the FCC and performing economic analysis related to impacts of legal decisions 

Prior to Sprint:

  • GTE - On site tech at DOJ for JCON Program, wrote RFP responses for Sprint Nextel
  • Lexis Nexis - Responsible for the sales and service of private database services to the Legal community 


  • Master Degree in Law and Economics (JM), George Mason University School of Law, 2006
  • Master Degree in Information Systems from George Mason University School of Information Technology and Engineering, 1995
  • Master Certificate in Program Management form George Washington University, 2000
  • Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University 

Statement of Interest: I have been attending NANOG for one year. In that time I have been exposed to various offerings that bring together the important topics facing Network Operators over the coming years. I believe that my combined experience in Engineering, Law and Economics, Program Management and Business makes me qualified to address many of the upcoming issues facing our industry, and help select topics of interest to the members of the industry. 

Dave Temkin, Netflix Biography: Dave Temkin is the Network Engineering Manager at Netflix. At Netflix, he uses his knowledge of both the operational and architectural aspects of network management to work with internal and external partners to provide a positive experience for Netflix's widely popular streaming product. Prior to joining Netflix, he was a Network Architect at Yahoo!, specializing in Layer 4-7 network technologies. He came to Yahoo! after the startup he was working for, Right Media, was acquired by them. As the Network Engineering Manager at Right Media, Dave and his team took their network footprint worldwide, starting with a tiny single homed switch in Metro NYC. 

Prior to his involvement with these very internet-centric companies, Dave spent 10 years working for financial ASP's and enterprises, including leading the Network Architecture team at Lava Trading (a division of Citigroup) and the technical lead at Susquehanna International Group. Before that he worked with companies such as Gateway to bring their infrastructure to the metropolitan New York area. He started his career as a Junior Engineer in the Network Infrastructure Group at Bristol Myers Squibb, working his way up to Principal Engineer. 

Dave has always taken a keen interest in advancing networks. He took legacy technologies in use for decades at trading companies such as X.25, SNA, and dedicated ARDs and replaced them with IP, advanced MPLS services, and VoIP. He has shown strong leadership in the IPv6 community, including launching the first fully featured movie streaming service over IPv6 with Netflix. He has done extensive work with Layer 4-7 network vendors to more finely hone their products to be more functional in a modern world, including improving IPv6 support and designing a method for DSR to work across Layer 3 boundaries. He is generally hated in the Foundry(Brocade) TAC. 

Statement of Interest: I have been interested in the NANOG group since 1998 and have been lurking on the mailing list since 2000. Unfortunately due to a mix of unsympathetic employers and being busy building networks I have only recently become able to give more time to the NANOG community. I have taken the bull by the horns and am contributing to NANOG in every way that I can: Presentations, lightning talks, hosting/sponsorship, and hopefully the PC. I have seen the power that this group harnesses and would love to help guide it in the best direction possible. 

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2009 NANOG Mailing List Committee Candidates

All Mailing List Committee nominations should be sent to [email protected]


Terms Expiring:

Kris Foster, BitGravity

Simon Lyall


Terms Not Expiring:

Randy Epstein, WV Fiber 

Tim Yocum, Server Central Network

Sue Joiner - Merit appointee


Nominations for the Open 2009 MLC Positions are:

Mehmet Akcin, ICANN Biography: Mehmet Akcin is based in Orange County, CA with 12 years of experience running networks for various ASN, including 5786, 36810, 40528, 26711. Mehmet is now working with day to day operations of L-Root (20144) and ICANN DNS Ops (AS26299). Mehmet have been a NANOG lurker since very late 90s and have been trying to regularly attend the meetings since 2003.
Kris Foster, BitGravity Biography: Kris Foster is currently at BitGravity. He previously served as a network planner at Rogers Cable, acting as peering coordinator and performing engineering on their IP backbone. Previously Kris worked in the office of the CTO at Telus where he was responsible for peering and transit engineering. He is currently completing joint Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Calgary.
Simon Lyall Statement of interest: I've found being on the MLC quite interesting, and I think I've made a fairly positive contribution. The list quality has improved a bit in the last year but there is still further room for improvement and plenty of room for going backwards. 

Biography: Simon Lyall is a System and Network Administrator based in Auckland, New Zealand. He has been involved with Internet operations at various companies since 1993 and has been a participant on NANOG since 2000.

Michael K. Smith, Adhost Statement of interest: I would like to offer my services on the MLC. I have been attending meetings since NANOG16 and have been on the mailing list since before then under various email addresses (all with mksmith@). I have previous experience managing a large, moderated mailing list - the H-Mac mailing list (http://www.h-net.org). I have significant experience in large scale WAN deployments, from the physical layer on up. I also have a background in systems integration and management as well as network and systems security. 

Although I've managed moderated lists in the past, I don't have a belief this is the appropriate model for the NANOG Mailing List. I would always abide by the MLC Charter and the NANOG Charter and would not have a heavy-handed approach to list management. 

Biography: Mike has been working in and around the Internet since 1995. He is presently the CEO of Adhost, a Seattle-based colocation, hosting and managed services company, as well as being a technical advisor to the Seattle Internet Exchange and a SANS Mentor trainer. Previously he built and managed networks for a large, regional ISP and a large optical and ethernet services provider. He has also served on the ARIN Nomination Committee, the ARIN Fellowship Selection Comittee and the ISSA Seattle Chapter Election Committee. Finally, he has been involved with IPv6 since the 6-Bone days and runs a production IPv6 network.

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2009 Charter Amendments


This page lists proposed charter amendments for the October, 2009 NANOG election, to be held during NANOG 47. Charter amendments may be placed on the ballot by a majority vote of the NANOG Steering Comittee. 

Eligible voters may also propose additional charter amendments to [email protected] by September 28, 2009. Submissions must include names and email addresses of petition signatories, which Merit may verify. Final recommendations for voting will be presented on the 2009 NANOG ballot. 

Charter amendments will be presented at the NANOG47 Community Meeting, Sunday, October 18th, beginning at 5:30 PM, PDT. The community will have an opportunity to discuss the proposed amendments at the meeting. 

The nanog-futures mailing list is the appropriate forum for public discussion of potential charter amendments. Current potential amendments under discussion are listed here

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Eligible NANOG Voters 2009

Community members eligible to vote in the annual 2009 elections where those who attended at least one NANOG meeting in the previous two years.  Voters will only be eligible to vote once.


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