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MEF-Awards-2019---PROFESSIONALS-outlinedRecognizing individuals who have demonstrated exceptional professional excellence in advancing MEF work, including development & implementation of MEF 3.0 solutions. The categories include the Outstanding Contributor Award, Top 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 Contributors

2020 MEF Outstanding Contributors

Recognizes an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional professional excellence and leadership in advancing MEF work, including development and implementation of MEF 3.0 solutions. This award recognizes the MEF members who have been major contributors over the past year. Contributions may be related to any MEF project or ad hoc, marketing and education, collaboration with open source and industry standards groups, and other MEF initiatives.

 

Nicholas Thomas

Nicholas Thomas

Fortinet

Co-editor of Application Security for SD-WAN Services Project (MEF W88) in the Application Committee. He is a key subject matter expert for this project. Also helping with SASE ad hoc.

Ralph Santitoro

Ralph Santitoro

Fujitsu Network Communications

Ralph has been a driving force behind SD-WAN standardization from its outset in MEF.  He continued to make valuable contributions to MEF W70.1 and MEF W88. He is also leading an ad hoc on Zero Trust that stands a good chance of becoming a new project.

Jack Pugaczewski

Jack Pugaczewski

CenturyLink

Editor MEF 82, MEF 86, MEF W7.4, MEF W100, MEF W101, MEF W107, MEF W96; Contributor: multiple LSO projects.

Karthik Sethuraman

Aidan Anderson

AT&T

Contributor: Sonata Projects; Substantial contributions to two LSO Sonata-oriented White Papers - The Case for... and Business and Operational... In addition has provided exceptional expertise in driving our planning of LSO Sonata adoption work.

Mike Bencheck

Mike Bencheck

Spirent

Editor MEF 79, MEF 81, MEF W80, MEF W79.0.1, MEF 81.0.1, MEF 57.2, MEF W107, MEF W96; Co-editor of MEF 66, W66.1, W67, and contributor to MEF 48.1

Contributor Contribution(s)
Nicolas Thomas (Fortinet) Co-editor of Application Security for SD-WAN Services Project (MEF W88) in the Application Committee. He is a key subject matter expert for this project. Also helping with SASE ad hoc.
Ralph Santitoro (Fujitsu Network Communications) Ralph has been a driving force behind SD-WAN standardization from its outset in MEF.  He continued to make valuable contributions to MEF W70.1 and MEF W88. He is also leading an ad hoc on Zero Trust that stands a good chance of becoming a new project.
Jack Pugaczewski (CenturyLink) Editor MEF 82, MEF 86, MEF W7.4, MEF W100, MEF W101, MEF W107, MEF W96
Contributor: multiple LSO projects.
Aidan Anderson (AT&T) Contributor: Sonata Projects; Substantial contributions to two LSO Sonata-oriented White Papers - The Case for.... and Business and Operational....In addition has provided exceptional expertise in driving our planning of LSO Sonata adoption work.
Mike Bencheck (Spirent) Editor MEF 79, MEF 81, MEF W80, MEF W79.0.1, MEF 81.0.1, MEF 57.2, MEF W107, MEF W96; Co-editor of MEF 66, W66.1, W67, and contributor to MEF 48.1

Top Contributors

2020 MEF Top Contributors

Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated professional excellence in advancing MEF work, including development and implementation of MEF 3.0 solutions; Significant and consistent contributions to MEF work over the past year. Contributions may be related to any approved MEF standards project or ad hoc, marketing and education or certification projects, collaboration with open source and industry standards groups,and other MEF initiatives.

 

Alastair Johnson
Alastair Johnson
Cisco
Enrique Hernandez
Enrique H. Valencia
Nokia
John Strassner
John Strassner
Futurewei
Nicholas Boileau
Nicholas Boileau
Bell Canada
Tim Wadhwa-Brown
Tim Wadhwa-Brown
Cisco
Nico Walters
Nico Walters
CMC Networks
Andrea Mazzini
Andrea Mazzini
Nokia
Ludovic Robert
Ludovic Robert
Orange
Min San Yoon
Min Sang Yoon
TATA Communications
Mehmet Toy
Mehmet Toy
Verizon
Abinash Vishwakarma
Abinash Vishwakarma
Netcracker
Hiroki Baba
Hiroki Baba
NTT
Sibylle Schaller
Sibylle Schaller
NEC
Bruce Eldridge
Bruce Eldridge
Retired (was CenturyLink)
John Siwko
John Siwko
AT&T
Ryan Hoffman
Ryan Hoffman
Telus
Bartosz Michalik
Bartosz Michalik
Amartus
Basil Najem
Basil Najem
Bell Canada
Neil Danilowicz
Neil Danilowicz
Versa
Todd Spraggins
Todd Spraggins
Oracle
Michael Kearns
Michael Kearns
Amartus
David Martin
David Martin
Nokia
Greg Mirsky
Greg Mirsky
ZTE
Raghu Ranganathan
Raghu Ranganathan
Ciena
Fahim Sabir
Fahim Sabir
Colt
Contributor Contribution(s)
Alastair Johnson (Cisco) Co-editor of MEF 70.1.  Contributed to MEF W88 and Universal SD-WAN Edge.
Enrique H. Valencia (Nokia) Contributor to MEF W70.1 and MEF W105
John Strassner (Futurewei) Contributor to Intent ad hoc and Zero Trust ad hoc; MEF 78.1
Nicholas Boileau (Bell Canada) Contributor to MEF W88
Tim Wadhwa-Brown (Cisco) Contributor to MEF W88. Provided valuable comments in CfC#1 and helped make significant improvements to the spec.
Nico Walters (CMC Networks) Contributor to MEF W70.1; Consistent and valuable contributions of service provider perspectives in MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services White Paper and more recently SASE work.
Andrea Mazzini (Nokia) Editor of MEF W89 and MEF W72.1
Ludovic Robert (Orange) Contributor to Sonata Projects.
Min Sang Yoon (TATA Communications) Editor of MEF W111, MEF W103; Contributor to MEF W72.1
Mehmet Toy (Verizon) Editor of MEF W55.1, MEF W76; Editor of W68
Abinash Vishwakarma (Netcracker) Provided critical expertise over a period of several months to the VNF Licensing White Paper and introduction of this topic in BoFs.
Hiroki Baba (NTT) Determined leadership over several months of the group that published Slicing for Shared 5G Access White Paper.
Sibylle Schaller (NEC) Value and extensive contribution to Slicing for Shared 5G Access White Paper. MEF 84 contributions.
Bruce Eldridge (Retired - was CenturyLink) Editor of MEF 65 and contributor to W41.0.1
John Siwko (AT&T) Contributor to MEF 6.3, MEF 65, W41.0.1, W47.1
Ryan Hoffman (Telus) Editor of MEF 69, W69.1
Bartosz Michalik (Amartus) Contributor to Sonata and Legato projects.
Basil Najem (Bell Canada) Contributor to MEF 70.1, MEF 88, and Universal SD-WAN Edge ad hoc.
Neil Danilowicz (Versa) Contributor to MEF W70, W88, W105
Todd Spraggins (Oracle) Contributor to Universal SD-WAN Edge ad-hoc and MEF W88
Michael Kearns (Amartus) Contributor to two LSO Sonata-oriented White Papers - The Case for... and Business and Operational... In addition has provided exceptional expertise in developing the putative DevTest concept.
David Martin (Nokia) Determined leadership over several months of the group that published MEF 3.0 Optical Transport Services White Paper. Editor of MEF 64 and contributor to workshops.
Greg Mirsky (ZTE) Co-editor of MEF 66, W66.1, W67
Raghu Ranganathan (Ciena) Editor of MEF 6.3, W47.1 and contributor to W68, W69.1
Fahim Sabir (Colt) Editor of MEF W110, Contributor to Sonata projects.

Editors

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

Mike Bencheck, Greg Mirsky
MEF 66: Service OAM for IP Services

Steve Haddock
MEF 41.0.1: GTBA Clarification

John Strassner
MEF 78.1: MEF Core Model Phase 2

Yufei Shi
MEF 90: SD-WAN Test Requirements

Jack Pugaczewski
MEF 82: MEF Services Model

Eric Gray
MEF 22.3.1: Transport Services for Mobile Networks Amendment

Fahim Sabir, Ludovic Robert, Dhurvas Sivakumar
MEF 79: Address, Service Site, and Product Offering Qualification Management Requirements and Use Cases

Fahim Sabir, Ludovic Robert, Dhurvas Sivakumar
MEF 81: Product Inventory Management Requirements and Use Cases

Fahim Sabir, Ludovic Robert, Dhurvas Sivakumar
MEF 81.0.1: Amendment to MEF 81: Product Inventory Management

Andrea Mazzini
MEF 83: Network Resource Model - OAM

Mike Bencheck, Jack Pugacaewski
MEF 86: Presto Service OAM Interface Profile Specification

David Martin
MEF 64: Operator Layer 1 Service Attributes and Services

Bruce Eldridge
MEF 65: Simplified Transit E-Line Service

Isabelle Morency
MEF 48.1: Ethernet Service Activation Testing

Raghu Ranganathan
MEF 6.3: Subscriber Ethernet Services Definitions

Ryan Hoffman
MEF 69: Subscriber IP Service Definitions

 

 

 

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
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 27: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 5: Enhanced UNI Attributes & Part 6: L2CP Handling
Lior Shabtay, Atrica
MEF 2: Requirements and Framework for Ethernet
Service Protection in Metro Ethernet Networks
Andy Mayer, Telcordia
MEF 28: External Network Network Interface (ENNI)
Support for UNI Tunnel Access and Virtual UNI
Tim Frost, Zarlink
MEF 3: Circuit Emulation Service Definitions,
Framework and Requirements in Metro Ethernet Networks
Chris Purdy, CENX
MEF 29: Ethernet Services Constructs
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 4: Metro Ethernet Network Architecture
Framework - Part 1: Generic Framework
John Lemon, Adtran
MEF 30: Service OAM Fault Management Implementation Agreement
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow
Osama Aboul-Magd, Nortel

MEF 5: Traffic Management Specification: Phase I
John Lemon, Adtran
MEF 30.1: Service OAM Fault Management Implementation Agreement Phase 2
Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow

MEF 6: Ethernet Services Definitions, Phase 1
John Lemon, Independent Consultant
MEF 30.1.1: Amendment to MEF 30.1 – Correction to Requirement
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 6.1: Ethernet Services Definitions, Phase 2
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 31: Service OAM Fault Management Definition of Managed Objects
Roman Kraznowski, Verizon
MEF 6.1.1: Amendment: Layer 2 Control Protocol (L2CP)
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 31.0.1: Amendment to Service OAM SNMP MIB for Fault Management
Raghu Ranganathan, Ciena
MEF 6.2:  Metro Ethernet Services Definitions Phase 3
Yoav Cohen, RAD
MEF 32: Service Protection Across an External Interface
Raghu Ranganathan
MEF 6.3: Subscriber Ethernet Services Definitions
Steve Holmgren, AT&T
MEF 33: Ethernet Access Services E-Access
Andy Mayer, Telcordia
MEF 7: EMS-NMS Information Model
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 34: Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Access Services
Brian Hedstrom, CableLabs
MEF 7.1.1: Technical Corrections to MEF 7.1
Scott Mansfield, Ericsson
MEF 35: Service OAM Performance Monitoring IA
Jimmy Hu, Ciena
MEF 7.3: Carrier Ethernet Services Management Information Model Technical Specification
Jimmy Hu, Ciena
MEF 35.0.1: SOAM PM IA Amendment (1SL)
Tim Frost, Zarlink
MEF 8: Implementation Agreement for the Emulation
of PDH Circuits over Metro Ethernet Networks
Jimmy Hu, Ciena
MEF 35.0.2: (SOAM Performance Management)
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 9: Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Services at the UNI
David Ball, Cisco Systems
MEF 35.1: SOAM PM AI Phase 2
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10: Ethernet Services Attributes, Phase 1
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 36: Service OAM SNMP MIB for Performance Monitoring
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.1: Ethernet Services Attributes, Phase 2
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 36.1: Service OAM SNMP MIB for Performance Monitoring Amendment
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.1.1: Amendment to Ethernet Services Attributes Phase 2
Carsten Rossenhoevel, EANTC
MEF 37: Abstract Test Suite for ENNI
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.2.1: Performance Attributes Amendment to MEF 10.2
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 38: Service OAM Fault Management YANG Modules
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 10.3: Ethernet Service Attributes Phase 3
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 39: Service OAM Performance Monitoring YANG Module
Hongliang Zhang, T-Mobile
MEF 10.3.1: Composite Performance Metric (CPM) Amendment to MEF 10.3
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 40: UNI and EVC Definition of Managed Objects
Lucy Yong, Huawei
MEF 10.3.2: UNI Resiliency Enhancement Amendment to MEF 10.3
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 41: Generic Token Bucket Algorithm
Dinesh Mohan, Nortel
MEF 11: User Network Interface (UNI) Requirements and Framework
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 42: ENNI-OVC MIB
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 12: Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework,
Part 2: Ethernet Services Layer
Henry Fowler, AT&T
MEF 43: Virtual NID (vNID) Functionality for E-Access
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 12.1.1: Amendment: UTA, VUNI
Steve Mood, Omnitron
MEF 44: Virtual NID (vNID) Definition of Managed Objects
Enrique Hernandez-Valencia, Alcatel-Lucent
MEF 12.2: Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework,
Part 2: Ethernet Services Layer
Steve Haddock, Independent Consultant
MEF 45: Multi-CEN L2CP
Shahram Davari, PMC-Sierra, Inc.
MEF 13: User Network Interface (UNI) Type 1
Implementation Agreement
John Lemon, Independent Consultant
MEF 46: Latching Loopback Protocol and Functionality
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 14: Abstract Test Suite for Traffic Management Phase 1
Ben Mack-Crane, Huawei
MEF 47: Carrier Ethernet Services for Cloud Implementation Agreement
Andy Mayer, Telcordia
MEF 15: Requirements for Management of Metro Ethernet Phase 1 Network Elements
Bruno Giguère, MEF
MEF 48: Carrier Ethernet Service Activation Testing (SAT)
Vijay Raghavendran, Cisco
MEF 16: Ethernet Local Management Interface (E-LMI)
Isabelle Morency
MEF 48.1: Ethernet Service Activation Testing
Dinesh Mohan, Nortel
MEF 17: Service OAM Requirements & Framework – Phase 1
Mike Bencheck, Siama Systems
MEF 49: Service Activation Testing Control Protocol and PDU Formats
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 18: Abstract Test Suite for Circuit Emulation Services
Mike Bencheck, Siama Systems
MEF 49.0.1: Service Activation Testing Control Protocol and PDU Formats Amendment
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 19: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 1
Brian Hedstrom, Telecommunications Consultant
Glenn Swanson, Oracle

MEF 50: Carrier Ethernet Service Lifecycle Process Model
Shahram Davari, T-Pack
MEF 20: User Network Interface (UNI) Type 2 
Implementation Agreement
Jin-Gen Wang, Level 3
MEF 50.1: MEF Services Lifecycle Process Flows Specification
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 21: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 1: Link OAM
Bill Bjorkman, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 51: OVC Services
Jonathan Olsson, Ericsson
MEF 22: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement, Phase 1
Chunming Liu, T-Mobile
Brian Hedstrom, Telecommunications Consultant

MEF 52: Carrier Ethernet Performance Reporting Framework
Raghu Ranganathan, Ciena
MEF 22.1: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement Phase 2
Colin Stormont, Comcast
MEF 53: MEF SOC Ethernet Services Qualification Questionnaire
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
MEF 22.1.1: Amendment to MEF 22.1 – Small Cell Backhaul
Dan Blemings, AT&T
MEF 54: Ethernet Interconnection Points (EIP): Implementation Agreement
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
MEF 22.2: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement Phase 3
Andrew Mayer, MEF
Scott Mansfield, Ericsson

MEF 55: Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO): Reference Architecture and Framework
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
MEF 22.2.1: Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement Phase 3
Pradeep Kondamuri, Ciena Corporation
MEF 56: Service Configuration and Activation –
Interface Profile Specification
Glenn Parsons, Ericsson
MEF 22.3: Transport Services for Mobile Networks (TSMN)
Dawn Kaplan, Ericsson
MEF 57: Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification
Business Requirements and Use Cases
Eric Gray
MEF 22.3.1: Transport Services for Mobile Networks – Amendment
Mahesh Jethanandani, Cisco Systems
MEF 58: Legato - EVC Services YANG
Service Configuration & Activation
Bill Rembert, AT&T
MEF 23: Implementation Agreement, Carrier Ethernet
Class of Service – Phase 1
Andrea Mazzini, Nokia Networks
MEF 59: Network Resource Management
Information Model: Connectivity
Steve Haddock, MEF
Larry Samberg, HFR, Inc.

MEF 23.2: Carrier Ethernet Class of Service – Phase 3
Jack Pugaczewski, CenturyLink
MEF 60: Interface Profile Specification
Network Resource Provisioning
Bill Bjorkman, MEF
MEF 23.2.1: Amendment to MEF 23.2
Models for Bandwidth Profiles with Token Sharing
David Ball, Cisco
MEF 61: IP Service Attributes for Subscriber IP Services
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 24: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 2: E-LMI
Vincent Alesi, Verizon
MEF 62: Managed Access E-Line IA
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 24: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 2: E-LMI
David Martin, Nokia
MEF 63: Subscriber L1 Service Attributes
Isabelle Morency, Iometrix
MEF 25: Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2, Part 3: Service OAM
David Martin
MEF 64: Operator Layer 1 Service Attributes and Services
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26: External Network Network Interface (ENNI) Phase I
Bruce Eldridge
MEF 65: Simplified Transit E-Line Service
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.0.1: Corrected Figure 10 for MEF 26
Ryan Hoffman
MEF 69: Subscriber IP Service Definitions
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.0.2: OVC Layer 2 Control Protocol Tunneling
Amendment to MEF 26
Fahim Sabir, Ludovic Robert, Dhurvas Sivakumar
MEF 79: Address, Service Site, and Product Offering Qualification Management Requirements and Use Cases
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.0.3: Service Level Specification Amendment to MEF 26
Fahim Sabir, Ludovic Robert, Dhurvas Sivakumar
MEF 81 Product Inventory Management Requirements and Use Cases
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.1: External Network Network Interface (ENNI) Phase 2
Fahim Sabir, Ludovic Robert, Dhurvas Sivakumar
MEF 81.0.1: Amendment to MEF 81: Product Inventory Management
Bob Klessig, MEF Distinguished Fellow
MEF 26.2: External Network Network Interfaces (ENNI) and Operator Services Attributes
Andrea Mazzini
MEF 83: Network Resource Model - OAM
  Mike Bencheck, Jack Pugacaewski
MEF 86: Presto Service OAM Interface Profile Specification
   

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 Fellows

The MEF Distinguished Fellow Award is given each year to an exceptional individual who has, over time, provided a major contribution to the development, adoption and impact of MEF’s standards and has contributed significantly to the transformation of the organization from its carrier ethernet origins to the now broader and very ambitious mission of MEF. This year’s recipient will be announced during the plenary session of the Virtual Q4 MEF Members Meeting, Monday, October 26, 2020.

Nomination Information and instructions for the Distinguished Fellow Award:

  • Each year, an email will be sent to members announcing nominations are open for the Distinguished Fellow award.
  • One person will be recognized.
  • Any MEF member can be nominated as a candidate to receive this award. This is not specific to any committee.
  • Nominations can be made by any MEF member.
  • The nominations should include a maximum 500 word narrative stating why the individual deserves to be chosen. Please submit your nomination to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 9, 2020.
  • A Nomination Committee will be formed, comprised of individuals making the nominations and designated representative(s) of the Board of Directors. Please indicate in your nomination if you wish participate in the nomination committee.
  • The Nomination Committee will make a recommendation to the MEF Board of Directors.

David Ball David Ball
Principal Engineer, Cisco
MEF Distinguished Fellow (2019)

David Ball is a Principal Engineer at Cisco, where he has been developing networking software and solving customer problems for nearly 20 years. He has been an active participant in MEF for the last 10 years and was editor of MEF 35.1 (Carrier Ethernet Performance Monitoring) and MEF 61.1 (IP Service Attributes), as well as contributing to many other MEF standards alongside work in other SDOs. He has received many accolades for the insightful nature of his comments that have helped ensure the quality of MEF standards, including in Carrier Ethernet, IP Services, SD-WAN, and LSO. As a MEF co-chair, he has led the Services and LSO committees and driven reform of the way MEF works to enable faster, more agile standards development. He also regularly presents MEF workshops to help promote wider understanding of MEF's work.

Within Cisco, David has worked in a range of areas including BGP, Carrier Ethernet, Virtual Firewalls, Frequency Synchronization, YANG Manageability, and Software Disaggregation.

Previous Winners

Jack Pugaczewski Jack Pugaczewski
Distinguished Architect, CenturyLink
MEF Distinguished Fellow (2018)

Jack Pugaczewski received his Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from University of Minnesota Institute of Technology in 1982 and M.S. degree in Software Engineering from University of St. Thomas in 1994. He is a Distinguished Architect at CenturyLink working on SDN/NFV and network management software projects. He is editor of MEF NRP API Project, co-editor of MEF PRESTO SOAM and SAT Interface Profile Specification and co-lead of MEF Topology Engine OpenLSO Microservice Project. He currently holds 11 patents in area of networking and network management software. Jack is an IEEE member.

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.

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 Ad hoc 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

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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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