MEF Professional Awards

Industry professionals demonstrating passion, dedication, commitment, and contribution.

Recognizing Member Contributors

At MEF, we recognize the individuals who have demonstrated passion, dedication, and commitment towards advancing MEF work. Their contributions are critical to the overall development of MEF and its value to our industry.

Thank you to these individuals and their supporting member organizations.

Outstanding Contributors   |   Top Contributors   |   Editors   |   Distinguished Fellows

Professional Awards

Outstanding Contributors

Each year, MEF recognizes the elite group of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional professional excellence and leadership in advancing MEF work. We consider contributions to MEF products, ad-hoc projects, marketing and education, collaboration with open-source and industry-standards groups, and other MEF initiatives.

2020

Aidan Anderson

AT&T

Aidan Anderson

2020

Mike Bencheck

Spirent

Mike Bencheck

2020

Jack Pugaczewski

Lumen

Jack Pugaczewski

2020

Ralph Santitoro

Fujitsu Network Communications

Ralph Santitoro

2020

Nicholas Thomas

Fortinet

Nicolas Thomas

2019

Mike Bencheck

Spirent

Mike Bencheck

2019

Jack Pugaczewski

Lumen

Jack Pugaczewski

2019

Ludovic Robert

Orange

Ludovic Robert

2019

Fahim Sabir

Colt

Fahim Sabir

2019

Karthik Sethuraman

NEC America

karthik sethuraman

2019

John Strassner

Futurewei

John Strassner

Top Contributors

Each year, MEF recognizes individuals who have demonstrated professional excellence in advancing MEF work with significant and consistent contributions over the past year. We consider contributions to MEF products, ad-hoc projects, marketing and education, collaboration with open source and industry standards groups, and other MEF initiatives.

2020

Hiroki Baba

NTT

hiroki baba

2020

Nicholas Boileau

Bell Canada

nicholas boileau

2020

Neil Danilowicz

Neil Danilowicz

2020

Bruce Eldridge

Retired (was CenturyLink)

Bruce Eldridge

2020

Ryan Hoffman

Telus

Ryan Hoffman

2020

Alastair Johnson

Cisco

Alastair Johnson

2020

Michael Kearns

Amartus

michael kearns

2020

David Martin

Nokia

David Martin

2020

Andrea Mazzini

Nokia

andrea mazzini

2020

Bartosz Michalik

Amartus

Bartosz Michalik

2020

Greg Mirsky

ZTE

Greg Mirsky headshot

2020

Basil Najem

Bell Canada

Basil Najem

2020

Raghu Ranganathan

Ciena

Raghu Ranganathan

2020

Ludovic Robert

Orange

Ludovic Robert

2020

Fahim Sabir

Colt

Fahim Sabir

2020

Sibylle Schaller

NEC

Sibylle Schaller

2020

John Siwko

AT&T

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2020

Todd Spraggins

Oracle

Todd Spraggins

2020

John Strassner

Futurewei

John Strassner

2020

Mehmet Toy

Verizon

Mehmet Toy

2020

Enrique H. Valencia

Nokia

Enrique Hernandez

2020

Abinash Vishwakarma

Netcracker

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2020

Tim Wadhwa-Brown

Cisco

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2020

Nico Walters

CMC Networks

Nico Walters

2020

Min Sang Yoon

TATA Communications

Min Sang Yoon

2019

Linda Dunbar

Futurewei

Linda Dunbar

2019

Bruce Eldridge

Lumen

Bruce Eldridge

2019

Enrique Hernandez

Nokia

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2019

Ryan Hoffman

Telus

Ryan Hoffman

2019

Dawn Howell

Equinix

Dawn Howell

2019

Donald Hunter

Cisco

donald hunter

2019

Alastair Johnson

Nokia

Alastair Johnson

2019

Dawn Kaplan

Ericsson

Dawn Kaplan

2019

Ahmad Khalil

Tata Communications

Ahmad Khalil

2019

Gabriele Laghi

Sparkle

Gabriele Laghi

2019

Daniele Mancuso

Sparkle

Daniele Mancuso

2019

David Martin

Nokia

David Martin

2019

Andrea Mazzini

Nokia

andrea mazzini

2019

Bartosz Michalik

Amartus

Bartosz Michalik

2019

Greg Mirsky

ZTE

Greg Mirsky headshot

2019

Isabelle Morency

Iometrix

isabelle-morency

2019

Basil Najem

Bell Canada

Basil Najem

2019

Raghu Ranganathan

Ciena

Raghu Ranganathan

2019

Ralph Santitoro

Fujitsu

Ralph Santitoro

2019

Sibylle Schaller

NEC Lab

sibylle Schaller

2019

Shahar Steiff

PCCW Global

Shahar Steiff

2019

Sarit Tager

ECI

Sarit Tager

2019

Nicolas Thomas

Fortinet

Nicolas Thomas

2019

Mehmet Toy

Verizon

Mehmet Toy

Editors

MEF’s products are defined in its standards and each standard is shepherded through its evolution, from concept to ratified-industry standard, by its editor(s). From organizing calls to reconciling each and every comment and concern, the editor’s task can be daunting. Each year, MEF recognizes these individuals who have taken on this challenging role in leading the creation of MEF standards.

2020

Mike Bencheck

Spirent

Mike Bencheck

2020

Bruce Eldridge

Retired (was CenturyLink)

Bruce Eldridge

2020

Eric Gray

Ericsson

eric gray

2020

Steve Haddock

MEF

Steve Haddock

2020

Ryan Hoffman

Telus

Ryan Hoffman

2020

Andrea Mazzini

Nokia

andrea mazzini

2020

Greg Mirsky

ZTE

Greg Mirsky headshot

2020

Isabelle Morency

Iometrix

isabelle-morency

2020

Jack Pugacaewski

Lumen

Jack Pugaczewski

2020

Raghu Ranganathan

Ciena

Raghu Ranganathan

2020

Ludovic Robert

Orange

Ludovic Robert

2020

Fahim Sabir

Colt Technology Services

Fahim Sabir

2020

Yufei Shi

Spirent

yufei shi

2020

Dhurvas Sivakumar

AT&T

Dhurvas Sivakumar

2020

John Strassner

Futurewei

John Strassner

2019

Alastair Johnson

Nokia

Alastair Johnson

2019

David Martin

Nokia

David Martin

2019

Andrea Mazzini

Nokia

andrea mazzini

2019

Larry Samberg

MEF

Larry Samberg

2019

Karthik Sethuraman

NEC America

karthik sethuraman

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.

The Award uses a member-nomination process where any MEF member is eligible for nomination. The nominations are reviewed by a Nomination Committee composed of individuals making the nominations and designated representative(s) of the Board of Directors. This committee makes a recommendation for the award recipient to the MEF Board of Directors.

2020

Dr. Mehmet Toy

Verizon

Mehmet Toy

2020

John Strassner

Futurewei

John Strassner

2019

David Ball

Cisco

David Ball

2018

Jack Pugaczewski

CenturyLink

Jack Pugaczewski

2017

Scott Mansfield

Ericsson

scott-mansfield

2016

Steve Haddock

MEF

Steve Haddock

2015

Eric Puetz

AT&T Labs

Eric Puetz

2015

Raghu Ranganathan

Ciena

Raghu Ranganathan

2014

Ralph Santitoro

Fujitsu Network Communications

Ralph Santitoro

2013

Bill Bjorkman

International Carrier Ethernet Solutions

Bill Bjorkman

2012

Dr. Bob Klessig

MEF

Bob Klessig headshot