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The Member Recognition Awards Program was established to formally recognize those individuals who contribute substantial time and efforts to the MEF and to the benefit of our industry. It also acknowledges the support that their companies provide in enabling such contributions. The categories include the Outstanding Contributor Award, Active Contributor Award, Editor Award and Distinguished Fellow Award.  As of 2018 IMTC is part of MEF. Past IMTC Fellows are recognized in the Distinguished Fellow Award section.

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Outstanding Contributor

Many excellent contributions were made in the MEF Certification, Marketing, and Technical & Operations Committees over the last year. This award, however, seeks to recognize those individuals whose contributions went "above and beyond" in driving the work of the MEF and mission forward. Recognized contributors have been chosen by the leaders of the committees. The recognized individuals receive a framed certificate and a gift. The following are the Outstanding Contributors for the MEF fiscal year ending June 30, 2017:

Contributor Contribution(s)
Allan Langfield (Comcast) Service Operations Committee Co-chair Leadership, Technical & Operations Committee Area Director Leadership
Anthony Peres (Nokia) Marketing Committee Editor, Co-author and Project Leader of Carrier Ethernet and NFV white paper
August-Wilhelm Jagau (Ericsson) Technical & Operations Committee Product Catalog Project Leadership
Bartosz Michalik (Amartus) LSO Hackathon blogging and facilitation
Bill Rembert (AT&T) OpenCS Data Center Leadership
Bob Mandeville (Iometrix) Certification Committee Infrastructure Projects; MEFnet facilitation
Bradley McFadden (Comcast)  Technical & Operations Committee Operations Area Program Management and Liaison Support
Bruce Eldridge (CenturyLink) Technical & Operations Committee Projects
Carmela Stuart (CableLabs) Technical & Operations Committee Projects and LSO Hackathon facilitation
Charles Eckel (Cisco) LSO Hackathon Leadership
Chris Corcimiglia (CableLabs) Technical & Operations Committee Serviceability Project
Christopher Cullan (InfoVista) Marketing Committee Editor and Co-author of "Understanding Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance" white paper
Colin Stormont (Comcast) Technical & Operations Committee Partner Qualification Questionnaire Project Leadership (MEF 53)
Dan Blemings (AT&T)  Technical & Operations Committee Ethernet Interconnect Point (EIP) Project Leadership (MEF 54)
David Ball (Cisco) Technical & Operations Committee Services and Orchestration Area Projects, Editor of IP Services Attributes
Dawn Kaplan (Ericsson) Service Operations Committee Co-chair and Ordering Project Leadership; Technical & Operations Committee Area Director Leadership; LSO Hackathon facilitation
Donald Hunter (Cisco) OpenCS Packet WAN Leadership and LSO Hackathon facilitation
Eitan Schwartz (RAD) Marketing Committee Co-author of "Carrier Ethernet and NFV" white paper
Emerson Moura (Cisco) Marketing Committee Regional Co-chair Leadership - CALA
Eric Leser (Charter Communications) Marketing Committee Editor, Co-author of Understanding MEF's Service Activation Testing (SAT) Power Play white paper
Eric Puetz (AT&T) Certification Committee Co-chair Leadership
Frank Huang (DT) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Gary Williams (Carrier Ethernet Academy) Marketing Committee Regional Co-chair - EMEA and Regional Marketing Leadership - South Africa
Giles Heron (Cisco) LSO Hackathon facilitation
Glenn Parsons (Ericsson) Technical & Operations Committee Editor of MBH IA Phase 3 (MEF 22.2), Liaisons Coordination with ITU-T SG15, BBF, IEEE, NGMN, and 3GPP, MBH Survey
Glenn Swanson (Oracle) Technical & Operations Committee Projects
Helio De Oliveira Sa (TIM Celular S.A) Speaker at MEF CALA events and Champion of MEF CE 2.0 and Third Network vision in the CALA region
Isabelle Morency (Iometrix) Marketing Committee Service Management Working Group Leadership, Co-author of Understanding MEF's Service Activation Testing (SAT) Power Play white paper; Technical & Operations and Certification Committee Projects
Jack Pugaczewski (CenturyLink) Technical & Operations Committee NRP Project Leadership; OpenCS Data Center Leadership 
Jason Wolfe (Bell Canada) Technical Committee Co-chair Leadership; Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Director Leadership and Projects
Jessie Jewitt (Ciena)  Technical & Operations Committee Common Information Model & Service Lifecycle Process Project (MEF 50.1) 
Jimmy Hu (Ciena) Technical & Operations Committee CE Management Information Model Project Leadership (MEF 7.3)
Jin-Gen Wang (Level 3) Technical & Operations Committee Service Lifecycle Process Project (MEF 50.1)
John Hawkins (Ciena) Certification Committee Co-chair Leadership
John Siwko (AT&T) Technical & Operations Committee Services and Operations Area Projects (MEF 54)
Larry Samberg (HFR) Technical & Operations Committee, Editor of Class of Service IA, Services Area Projects; MEF-CECP Exam Development
Letty Walker (CenturyLink)  Technical & Operations Committee Ethernet Ordering Project Leadership
Lucy Yong (Huawei) OpenCS Data Center Leadership
Mario Bianchetti (TIM) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Matthias Homann (Colt Technology Services) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Prayson Pate (ADVA Optical) Marketing Committee Co-author of "Carrier Ethernet and NFV" white paper
Raghu Ranganathan (Ciena) Technical Committee Co-chair Leadership, Technical & Operations Committee Co-chair Leadership
Ralph Santitoro (Fujitsu) Marketing Committee Co-chair Leadership, Co-author of "Carrier Ethernet and NFV" white paper, MEF seminar/webinar/web site content creation, Technical & Operations Committee LSO RA contributions and Leader of IP Service Attributes Ad Hoc
Rami Yaron (Telco Systems) Marketing Committee Co-chair Leadership, Marketing Committee Mobile Backhaul Working Group Leadership, Frequent Speaker at MEF Events
Rob Balas (CableLabs)  Technical & Operations Committee Ethernet Ordering Project
Robert Nelson (Cox) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Ryan Hoffman (TELUS) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Scott Mansfield (Ericsson) Technical & Operations Committee MEF LSO Reference Architecture Project Leadership, UNITE Program Leadership
Shahar Steiff (PCCW) Service Operations Committee Co-chair Leadership,Technical & Operations Committee Co-chair Leadership and Frequent Participant at MEF Events
Shay Naeh (Gigaspaces) LSO Hackathon facilitation
Stephan Pelletier (Oracle) Technical & Operations Committee Projects 
Suhas Naik (AT&T) LSO Hackathon facilitation
Tara Cummings (Ericsson)  Technical & Operations Committee Projects 
Tim Sheehan (UNH) Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project and Testing Lab leadership 
Yoav Cohen (RAD) Technical & Operations Committee Services and Orchestration Area projects
Youcef Ayad (Telia Company) Marketing Committee Regional Leadership - Nordics and organization of Nordics seminars
Vincent Alesi (Verizon) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects, Editor of Managed Access E-Line IA

Active Contributor

The Active Contributor Award is presented to members who have demonstrated an ongoing and consistent commitment to the work of MEF. Recognized contributors have been chosen by the leaders of the committees and will receive a framed certificate and a gift. The following are the Active Contributors for the MEF fiscal year ending June 30, 2017:

Contributor Contribution(s)
Andres Madero (Infinera) Speaker at MEF CALA seminars in Bogota, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City and MEF CALA webinar
Basil Najem (Bell Canada) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Brendan Gunn (Verizon)  Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54) 
Claudio Scola (Level 3) MEF Speaker at industry events in EMEA and MEF EMEA seminars in Paris, Madrid and London
Donald Hunter (Cisco)  Technical & Operations Committee NRP Project 
Elzbieta Napierala (AT&T) Technical & Operations EIP Project (MEF 54)
Eric Gray (Ericsson) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Fengkai Li (Huawei) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Gabriele Laghi (TI Sparkle) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Gary Marcinkoski (Level 3) Technical & Operations Committee Projects
Irene Chang (Zayo) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Jeff Brown (Windstream)  Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54)
Mike Lefevre (Windstream) Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54)
Jessy Rouyer (Nokia) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Johan Witters (Nokia) Marketing Committee Regional Co-chair Leadership - EMEA
John Messenger (ADVA Optical) Certification Committee Infrastructure Projects
John Strassner (Huawei)  Technical & Operations Committee Orchestration Area Projects
Jon Kieffer (Fujitsu) Certification Committee MEF-CECP Program Subject Matter Expertise, MEF-CECP Exam Development
Jouko Kapanen (Nokia) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Kamal Maghsoudlou (Ericsson) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Lance Hassan (Charter Communications) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects, Certification Committee Infrastructure Projects
Lee Jorissen (TelePacific) Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54)
Lisa Partridge (Frontier Communications)  Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54)
Marlene Kovac (Carrier Ethernet Academy) Certification Committee MEF-CECP Program Market Awareness
Marjory Sy (PLDT) Marketing Committee contributions to Understanding Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance white paper;
Technical and Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Mark Gibson (Amdocs)  Technical & Operations Committee Projects 
Mehmet Toy (Comcast) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Michael Waldo (ADVA Optical) Technical & Operations Committee Services Area Projects
Pradeep Kondamuri (Ciena) Technical & Operations Committee Services and Orchestration Area Projects
Steve Cole (Frontier Communications)  Technical & Operations Committee EIP Project (MEF 54) 
Steven Paterson (Liquid Telecom) Speaker at MEF EMEA seminars in London and Pretoria; Marketing Committee Regional Participation - EMEA
Thomas Mandeville (Iometrix) Certification Committee Infrastructure Projects

Editor

After the successful publishing of new white papers, best practices guides and specifications, Editors of these documents are recognized for their leadership and achievements. The recognized individuals receive a framed certificate and a gift.

 

Recent Awards

Andrea Mazzini, Nokia
MEF 59: MEF Network Resource Management - Information Model: Connectivity

Jack Pugaczewski , CenturyLink
MEF 60: MEF Network Resource Provisioning - Interface Profile Specification

 

 

 

Technical Documents

The following is a complete listing of technical document editors recognized for their leadership and achievements:
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 1: Ethernet Services Model, Phase 1
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.0.2: OVC Layer 2 Control Protocol Tunneling
Amendment to MEF 26
Lior Shabtay, Atrica
MEF 2: Requirements and Framework for Ethernet
Service Protection in Metro Ethernet Networks
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.0.3: Service Level Specification Amendment to MEF 26
Tim Frost, Zarlink
MEF 3: Circuit Emulation Service Definitions,
Framework and Requirements in Metro Ethernet Networks
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.1: External Network Network Interface (ENNI) Phase 2
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 4: Metro Ethernet Network Architecture
Framework - Part 1: Generic Framework
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.2: External Network Network Interfaces (ENNI) and Operator Services Attributes
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow
Osama Aboul-Magd, Nortel

MEF 5: Traffic Management Specification: Phase I
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 27: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 5: Enhanced UNI Attributes & Part 6: L2CP Handling
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow

MEF 6: Ethernet Services Definitions, Phase 1
Andy Mayer, Telcordia
MEF 28: External Network Network Interface (ENNI)
Support for UNI Tunnel Access and Virtual UNI
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 6.1: Ethernet Services Definitions, Phase 2
Chris Purdy, CENX
MEF 29: Ethernet Services Constructs
Roman Kraznowski, Verizon
MEF 6.1.1: Amendment: Layer 2 Control Protocol (L2CP)
John Lemon, Adtran
MEF 30: Service OAM Fault Management Implementation Agreement
Raghu Ranganathan, Ciena
MEF 6.2:  Metro Ethernet Services Definitions Phase 3
John Lemon, Adtran
MEF 30.1: Service OAM Fault Management Implementation Agreement Phase 2
Andy Mayer, Telcordia
MEF 7: EMS-NMS Information Model
John Lemon, Independent Consultant
MEF 30.1.1: Amendment to MEF 30.1 – Correction to Requirement
Brian Hedstrom, CableLabs
MEF 7.1.1: Technical Corrections to MEF 7.1
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 31: Service OAM Fault Management Definition of Managed Objects
Jimmy Hu, Ciena
MEF 7.3: Carrier Ethernet Services Management Information Model Technical Specification
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 31.0.1: Amendment to Service OAM SNMP MIB for Fault Management
Tim Frost, Zarlink
MEF 8: Implementation Agreement for the Emulation
of PDH Circuits over Metro Ethernet Networks
Yoav Cohen, RAD
MEF 32: Service Protection Across an External Interface
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 9: Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Services at the UNI
Steve Holmgren, AT&T
MEF 33: Ethernet Access Services E-Access
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10: Ethernet Services Attributes, Phase 1
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 34: Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Access Services
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.1: Ethernet Services Attributes, Phase 2
Scott Mansfield, Ericsson
MEF 35: Service OAM Performance Monitoring IA
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.1.1: Amendment to Ethernet Services Attributes Phase 2
Jimmy Hu, Ciena
MEF 35.0.1: SOAM PM IA Amendment (1SL)
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.2.1: Performance Attributes Amendment to MEF 10.2
Jimmy Hu, Ciena
MEF 35.0.2: (SOAM Performance Management)
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.3: Ethernet Service Attributes Phase 3
David Ball, Cisco Systems
MEF 35.1: SOAM PM AI Phase 2
Hongliang Zhang, T-Mobile
MEF 10.3.1: Composite Performance Metric (CPM) Amendment to MEF 10.3
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 36: Service OAM SNMP MIB for Performance Monitoring
Lucy Yong, Huawei
MEF 10.3.2: UNI Resiliency Enhancement Amendment to MEF 10.3
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 36.1: Service OAM SNMP MIB for Performance Monitoring Amendment
Dinesh Mohan, Nortel
MEF 11: User Network Interface (UNI) Requirements and Framework
Carsten Rossenhoevel, EANTC
MEF 37: Abstract Test Suite for ENNI
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 12: Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework,
Part 2: Ethernet Services Layer
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 38: Service OAM Fault Management YANG Modules
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 12.1.1: Amendment: UTA, VUNI
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 39: Service OAM Performance Monitoring YANG Module
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 12.2: Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework,
Part 2: Ethernet Services Layer
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 40: UNI and EVC Definition of Managed Objects
Shahram Davari, PMC-Sierra, Inc.
MEF 13: User Network Interface (UNI) Type 1
Implementation Agreement
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 41: Generic Token Bucket Algorithm
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 14: Abstract Test Suite for Traffic Management Phase 1
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 42: ENNI-OVC MIB
Andy Mayer, Telcordia
MEF 15: Requirements for Management of Metro Ethernet Phase 1 Network Elements
Henry Fowler, AT&T
MEF 43: Virtual NID (vNID) Functionality for E-Access
Vijay Raghavendran, Cisco
MEF 16: Ethernet Local Management Interface (E-LMI)
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 44: Virtual NID (vNID) Definition of Managed Objects
Dinesh Mohan, Nortel
MEF 17: Service OAM Requirements & Framework – Phase 1
Steve Haddock, Independent Consultant
MEF 45: Multi-CEN L2CP
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 18: Abstract Test Suite for Circuit Emulation Services
John Lemon, Independent Consultant
MEF 46: Latching Loopback Protocol and Functionality
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 19: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 1
Ben Mack-Crane, Huawei
MEF 47: Carrier Ethernet Services for Cloud Implementation Agreement
Shahram Davari, T-Pack
MEF 20: User Network Interface (UNI) Type 2 
Implementation Agreement
Bruno Giguère, MEF
MEF 48: Carrier Ethernet Service Activation Testing (SAT)
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 21: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 1: Link OAM
Mike Bencheck, Siama Systems
MEF 49: Service Activation Testing Control Protocol and PDU Formats
Jonathan Olsson, Ericsson
MEF 22: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement, Phase 1
Mike Bencheck, Siama Systems
MEF 49.0.1: Service Activation Testing Control Protocol and PDU Formats Amendment
Raghu Ranganathan, Ciena
MEF 22.1: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement Phase 2
Brian Hedstrom, Telecommunications Consultant
Glenn Swanson, Oracle

MEF 50: Carrier Ethernet Service Lifecycle Process Model
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
MEF 22.1.1: Amendment to MEF 22.1 – Small Cell Backhaul
Jin-Gen Wang, Level 3
MEF 50.1: MEF Services Lifecycle Process Flows Specification
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
MEF 22.2: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement Phase 3
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 51: OVC Services
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
MEF 22.2.1: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement Phase 3
Chunming Liu, T-Mobile
Brian Hedstrom, Telecommunications Consultant

MEF 52: Carrier Ethernet Performance Reporting Framework
Bill Rembert, AT&T
MEF 23: Implementation Agreement, Carrier Ethernet
Class of Service – Phase 1
Colin Stormont, Comcast
MEF 53: MEF SOC Ethernet Services Qualification Questionnaire
Steve Haddock, MEF
Larry Samberg, HFR, Inc.

MEF 23.2: Carrier Ethernet Class of Service – Phase 3
Dan Blemings, AT&T
MEF 54: Ethernet Interconnection Points (EIP): Implementation Agreement
Bill Bjorkman, MEF
MEF 23.2.1: Amendment to MEF 23.2
Models for Bandwidth Profiles with Token Sharing
Andrew Mayer, MEF
Scott Mansfield, Ericsson

MEF 55: Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO): Reference Architecture and Framework
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 24: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 2: E-LMI
Pradeep Kondamuri, Ciena Corporation
MEF 56: Service Configuration and Activation –
Interface Profile Specification
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 24: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 2: E-LMI
Dawn Kaplan, Ericsson
MEF 57: Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification
Business Requirements and Use Cases
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 25: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 3: Service OAM
Mahesh Jethanandani, Cisco Systems
MEF 58: Legato - EVC Services YANG
Service Configuration & Activation
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26: External Network Network Interface (ENNI) Phase I
Andrea Mazzini, Nokia Networks
MEF 59: Network Resource Management
Information Model: Connectivity
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.0.1: Corrected Figure 10 for MEF 26
Jack Pugaczewski, CenturyLink
MEF 60: Interface Profile Specification
Network Resource Provisioning
   

White Papers

The following is a complete listing of white paper editors recognized for their leadership and achievements:
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow
Understanding SD-WAN Managed Services
Service Components, MEF LSO Reference Architecture and Use Cases
Anthony Peres, Nokia Networks
Eitan Schwartz, RAD
Prayson Pate, ADVA Optical Networking
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow

Carrier Ethernet and NFV
Christopher Cullan, InfoVista
Understanding Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance Part I:
An Introduction to Service Assurance and CE Service Performance Attributes
Bruno Giguère, MEF
CE 2.0 Service Management Lifecycle
Christopher Cullan, InfoVista
Understanding Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance Part II:
How to Measure CE Performance Attributes
Rami Yaron, Telco Systems
Karim Traore, Symmetricom/SCF
Sychnronization for LTE Small Cells
Jon Kieffer, Fujitsu
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow

Understanding Bandwidth Profiles in MEF 6.2 Service Definitions
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
Rami Yaron, Telco Systems
Julius Robson, SCF
Backhaul for Urban Small Cells (jointly developed by MEF and Small Cell Forum)
Andy Mayer, MEF
Scott Mansfield, Ericsson
The Third Network: Lifecycle Service Orchestration Vision
Mannix O'Connor, MRV
Glenn Swanson, Oracle
Carrier Ethernet and SDN Part 2: Practical Considerations
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF Third Network Vision based on Network as a Service Principles
Abel Tong, Cyan
Carrier Ethernet and SDN Part 1: An Industry Perspective
 

Distinguished Fellow

The MEF Distinguished Fellow Award is given annually to individuals who have contributed significantly to the MEF and the network industry over a long period of time and have demonstrated exceptional leadership within the MEF. This year’s recipient will be announced at MEF18 in Los Angeles, California, October 29 - November 2, 2018. The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2018.

Scott Mansfield Scott Mansfield
Director and Secretary, MEF
Standardization Researcher, Development Unit Network Products, Ericsson

MEF Distinguished Fellow (2017)

Scott Mansfield is a Standardization Researcher in Ericsson’s Development Unit Network Products group. Scott has been Ericsson’s MEF Coordinator for the past 10 years and is also holds leadership positions in the Internet Society, the IETF, and the ITU-T. The networking industry is undergoing a massive change in the way networks are architected, deployed, and managed.

MEF is at the forefront, guiding the change to enable new, innovative, services while protecting investments. A focus on collaboration and cooperation among the MEF’s committees and between the MEF and partner Standards Bodies has provided the ability for the MEF to set a vision for industry and, together, turn that vision into reality. Fostering this style of cooperative thought leadership not only ensures the viability of MEF, but illustrates MEF members as industry leaders attracting others to the MEF to be part of something bigger. New opportunities emerge as the MEF evolves into a hybrid organization consisting of traditional standards, software, and applications. My goal on the MEF Forum Board is to continue looking forward for new areas that provide a platform for evangelizing the MEF vision.

Previous Winners

Steve’s long contribution to the industry deserves the recognition by MEF. He made a difference to the industry, and he continues to do so.

Key Highlight of Stephen’s professional profile:

Former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Extreme Networks
Former Chair, IEEE 802.1 Interworking Task Group
Former Vice-Chair, IEEE 802.3ae 10Gb/s Ethernet Task Force
MEF Editor, Multi-CEN L2CP (MEF 45), CoS IA (MEF 23.2)
MEF Adhoc Leader, Bandwidth Profile
Chair: IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation
Co-Editor: IEEE 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.1ad Provider Bridging, IEEE 802.1ah Provider Backbone Bridging

After retiring from Cisco, Bob continued to serve as MEF Editor at Large, and has made significant contributions to the MEF's technical development being an editor of eleven MEF specifications. Most notably, he was the editor of MEF 1 (Ethernet Service Attributes), which has been at the heart of the MEF Technical specifications. He was also editor on specifications MEF 10-10.2, MEF 26, 26.0.1, 26.0.2, 26.0.3, 26.1, and has made and participated in over 700 technical contributions. As a long-time contributor to the MEF and former member of the MEF Board of Directors, he has led, reviewed, commented and influenced countless projects.

Bob has a BS Engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University (formerly Case Institute of Technology), a MS Electrical Engineering degree, and a Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences degree—the latter two degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the theory of Nonlinear Optimization Algorithms. He received two faculty appointments in EECS at Berkeley.

At the MEF, Bill was co-chair of the MEF Technical Committee, leading the technical development of MEF specifications for seven years. He was editor of three MEF technical specifications - MEF 6 (Ethernet Services Definitions), MEF 6.1 (Ethernet Services Definitions, Phase 2) and MEF 10.2.1 (performance metric amendment to MEF 10.2); and is currently editor of the OVC Services project. As a longstanding key technical contributor to MEF, he also participated in many projects, including vNID, Carrier Ethernet Classes of Service, Mobile Backhaul, UNI Types 1 and 2, ENNI, several ATS's, Service OAM FM and PM and Service Activation projects, and led the development of MEF's first ‘Best Practices' paper – Multi CoS for Mobile Backhaul.

Bill stepped down as co-chair of the MEF Technical Committee in 2012. He currently consults in the areas of data networks and services, standards development and Carrier Ethernet training.

A founding member and leading contributor to all MEF committees, he was editor of MEF 5 and 6 and contributed to MEF 1/5/6/10/22/33/50 technical specifications. He authored the MEF's Ethernet Services primer and was editor and co-author of the MEF's Carrier Ethernet Security Best Practice, Carrier Ethernet for Private Cloud Service Delivery papers and most recently, the Third Network Vision and Strategy paper. Over the years, Ralph has given keynotes and presented on panels sessions and workshops at industry events on many MEF topics including the MEF’s Third Network vision to deliver Network as a Service at the GEN14 conference. Ralph created the MEF's highly successful Carrier Ethernet Professional Certification Program, developed both MEF-CECP and MEF-CECP 2.0 exams, and co-authored the industry’s first MEF-CECP exam study guide. Ralph regularly contributes to architecture, service orchestration, service activation and configuration APIs, SDN, NFV, and information/data modeling work in Technical, Marketing and Service Operations Committees. Ralph is a longstanding member of the MEF Board of Directors and is currently a Co-chair of the MEF Global Marketing Committee.

Eric’s many contributions to the MEF have been in both the certification and marketing teams. He is currently co-chair of the certification committee responsible for the development of the MEF 2.0 certification program. Some current areas AT&T heavily supports/leads are Mobile Backhaul, Certification, Multi-Network Layer 2 Control Protocol, and Virtual NID.

Eric’s background in the development of standards strategies brings a strong practical focus in order to fulfill the goal of “Accelerating the Adoption of Carrier Ethernet”.

He is a Senior Member of IEEE with many publications and patents in addition to conference presentations. He has also been active in the industry as member of various conference committees including as chair.

IMTC Fellows

Patrick Luthi was Manager of Technology Standards at Cisco and a member of the Office of the CTO in the Collaboration Technology Group. He joined Cisco through the acquisition of Tandberg in 2010 and worked for Tandberg since 2002. At Cisco/Tandberg, he was responsible for managing technical standardization activities, coordinating related developments and representing the company in international standards organizations and industry fora. He authored IETF proposed standard RTP Payload Format for ITU-T G.722.1 (RFC 5577 and 3047) and RTP Payload Format for H.264 RCDO Video (RFC 6185). He is currently the Rapporteur for the ITU-T multimedia systems, terminals and data conferencing Experts group (Q1/16), and the Editor of the H.320 series, H.233, H.234, H.243 and other ITU-T Recommendations. Patrick Luthi is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is now the CTO of Ecma International, an industry association dedicated to the standardization of Information and Communication Technology and Consumer Electronics.

Ralph Neff received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994 and 2000, respectively. He is currently Director of Global Standards and Intellectual Property at PacketVideo Corporation.

Prior to 1994, Jim Polizotto helped create a multimedia development laboratory for IBM in the heart of Silicon Valley, and he was responsible for delivering many successful products to the marketplace. Among his more significant multimedia accomplishments at IBM, Jim’s organization developed an Internet based multimedia video streaming server in 1993 that was voted Best New Product at Spring COMDEX 1993 by Byte Magazine. Jim was also responsible for introducing several OSI products to the marketplace. Jim has been a strong advocate of international standards throughout his career. He has a BA from the University of Rochester in New York.

Mr. Wolf was one of the Packet Switched Streaming Services (PSS) pioneers. In 2000 he was a major force in the formation of the IMTC PSS Activity Group which grew from a handful of companies focused on PSS to more than 30 members. He drove several initiatives, including formalizing interoperability testing techniques which became the Gold Standard for PSS. Mr. Wolf served as the chair for this activity group and also served as an IMTC Director from 2006 – 2008. Mr. Wolf has been employed Rhythm NewMedia since 2006. He holds 2 US pending patents related to streaming and file format. Prior to Rhythm NewMedia, Mr. Wolf worked at Emblaze in the R&D and CTO divisions.

Dr. Lantz holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Rochester, as well as BS and MS degrees in the same field from Washington State University and the University of Rochester, respectively. His standards-related activities include stints on the DARPA Berkeley Unix Advisory Committee, the NSF CSNET Technical Committee, the NSF Distributed Systems Architecture Board, the Internet Collaboration Technology Research Group, the Internet Architecture / Activities Board, the Internet Research Steering Group, and IFIP Working Group 2.7 (Operating System Interfaces). He holds 34 patents and has authored over 50 published works. Keith Lantz has been actively involved with the IMTC since 1999 and has held several Board Officer positions including Treasurer. During his participation on the IMTC Board, he focused on fostering close ties with the IETF and worked on improving the quality of the IMTC Forum, an annual industry event. He continues to support the IMTC’s mission to promote, encourage and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia telecommunications solutions — with a specific eye toward ubiquitous deployment of IP-based video telephony and unified messaging.

He has been involved in IMTC work since its very beginning in 1994. Since 1999 he served the IMTC as Director, and from 2001-2006, was elected as the President of the IMTC. Istvan has written close to one hundred papers, two books and holds close to twelve patents. He is now the President of ECMA International, an industry association dedicated to the standardization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Consumer Electronics (CE).

He is a co-author of Digital Compression for Multimedia: Principles and Standards (Morgan Kaufmann, 1998), a contributor to Multimedia Communications (Academic Press, 2001) and the Wiley Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (John Wiley & Sons, 2002). Dave Lindbergh was elected a Director in 2004, and served as a Director and Treasurer from January 2005 until he resigned in September 2006.

During that time Mr. Grandgent worked for PictureTel, and later for Octave Communications Inc., Salem, NH. He was one of the primary drivers of the T.120 series standard and also participated in the ITU-T Study Group 16.

She presented on behalf of the IMTC at the tutorial for E-Learning in Spring, 2001 and expanded the presentation into an IMTC tutorial with multiple member presenters for Telecon West. She later became the Vice President of the IMTC Marketing as well as the Education and Promotion Work Group.

Ms. Hodges is an entrepreneur and currently President of Outrageous Choice, an organization that educates people on techniques that develop the mental and emotional tools needed to achieve optimal performance

 

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