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FCC Names Henning Schulzrinne Chief Technology Officer

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Released: December 19, 2011

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December 19 , 2011
David Fiske, 202-418-0513


(Washington, D.C.) – FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today the appointment of Henning
Schulzrinne as Chief Technology Officer.
FCC Chairman Genachowski said, “I’m delighted that Henning will be joining us. The communications
technology revolution is key to our economy and broad opportunity. With the appointment of Henning –
a world-class technologist – we extend our commitment to technology excellence at the FCC and to
strong engagement with outside technology experts.”
As Chief Technology Officer, Schulzrinne will guide the FCC’s work on technology and engineering
issues, together with the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology. He will advise on matters across
the agency to ensure that FCC policies are driving technological innovation, including serving as a
resource to FCC Commissioners. He will also help the FCC engage with technology experts outside the
agency and promote technical excellence among agency staff. He will be based in the FCC’s Office of
Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.
Schulzrinne is Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Mathematical Methods and Computer Science and
Professor of Engineering at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University. He has
been an Engineering Fellow at the FCC since 2010. He has published more than 250 journal and
conference papers, and more than 70 Internet Requests for Comment (RFCs). He is widely known for the
development of key protocols that enable voice-over-IP (VoIP) and other multimedia applications that are
now Internet standards, including the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). His research interests include
Internet multimedia systems, applied network engineering, wireless networks, security, quality of service,
and performance evaluation.
Schulzrinne received his undergraduate degree in economics and electrical engineering from the
Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, his MSEE degree as a Fulbright scholar from the
University of Cincinnati, Ohio and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst,
Massachusetts. He was a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill and an
associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical
Engineering departments at Columbia University, New York. He is an IEEE Fellow and a former member
of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

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