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2014 Rose Award Winner: Patrick J. Burns

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Patrick J. Burns, Colorado State University Dean of Libraries, Vice President for Information Technology and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Patrick J. Burns, Colorado State University Dean of Libraries, Vice President for Information Technology and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been chosen as the 2014 Richard Rose Award winner. The award was conferred during the Internet2 2014 Global Summit. This annual award recognizes extraordinary individual contributions that extend the reach of advanced networking to the K-20 education community.

“Pat Burns is an exemplary recipient of the Richard Rose Award,” said Internet2 President and CEO, H. David Lambert. “Pat has worked for decades to bring advanced networking to Colorado and western U.S. research and education institutions. For example, he was instrumental in creating Westnet, the Front Range Gigapop (FRGP), Colorado Supernet (CSN), the State Multi-use Network (MNT) and ensuring their egalitarian use by K-12 school districts, public libraries, museums, and all community anchor tenants across the state. Knowing Pat, he will continue to be a strong and enthusiastic leader in extending advanced networking technologies that benefit teaching, learning and research at all levels.”

“Pat helped to imbue the rest of us with some of his strong sense of community by having Westnet operated by the University of Colorado at Boulder, and I was fortunate to be able to work with Pat from the technical and operations side of the project,” said David Wood, system analyst for networking, University of Colorado at Boulder. “Pat was always finding yet another school district or library that would benefit from a connection to the network. Pat was a key member in supporting annual science fairs for high schools in Colorado, and would rope in some us to help judge these events. His mentoring of us and the high school students was yet another example of how he has led us all to be more involved with advancing science and technology in our communities.”

“Pat has poured his passion and his intellect into shaping the Internet to serve all communities. It is a remarkable track record, now spanning thirty years of doing the right thing for the Internet in the US, in the West, in Colorado and at CSU,” said Ken Klingenstein, Senior Director, Middleware and Security, Internet2.