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May 10, 2001

Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives to Deliver UMBC Graduate Commencement Keynote

Baltimore, Md. - Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), Robert E. Kahn, will deliver the keynote address at UMBC's graduate commencement ceremony. More than 200 master's and doctoral degrees will be awarded at the ceremony, to be held in the Retriever Activities Center, at 10 a.m. on May 23.

Kahn founded CNRI in 1986 after a thirteen-year term at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). CNRI was created as a not-for-profit organization to provide leadership and funding for research and development of the National Information Infrastructure.

After receiving a B.E.E. from the City College of New York in 1960, Kahn earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University in 1962 and 1964 respectively. In 1972 he moved to DARPA and subsequently became Director of DARPA's Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO).

Kahn conceived the idea of open-architecture networking and is a co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols and was responsible for originating DARPA's Internet Program which he led for the first three years. Kahn coined the term "National Information Infrastructure" (NII) in the mid 1980s, which later became more widely known as the Information Super Highway.

Kahn is the 1997 recipient of the White House National Medal of Technology, a two-time winner of the Secretary of Defense Civilian Service Award, and the 2001 Charles Stark Draper Prize from the National Academy of Engineering.

For more information on commencement, please visit the UMBC commencement web site at www.umbc.edu/commencement, or call the commencement hotline at 410-455-3100.

Posted by dwinds1 at May 10, 2001 12:00 AM