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Brian Cashman

Brian Cashman photo Title: Network Planning Manager
Division: Network Services
Areas of Responsibility: Member Technical Support for Network Services
Years in Advanced Technology: 40+
Best Known For: Adopting four children from Russia (2 girls, 2 boys) + 1 biological daughter

Brian started in information technology and networking at the University of Michigan more than 35 years ago, where he managed their academic backbone network. After U-M, he worked at the always ground-breaking Michigan research and education network leader, Merit Network, managing their statewide backbone network for seven years. Brian has served as a member of ANSI standard committee X3T9.5 and developed one of the first fiber optic network standards, FDDI. He joined Internet2 in 2007.

How did you get involved in the field of advanced networking/technology?

Having been in networking so long, I grew into it. As technology changes, you have to change to go along with it.

What is your proudest accomplishment in the Internet2 community?

For Internet2’s BTOP project, I served as a bridge between the technical planning and administrative and financial planning efforts. It was an immense internal undertaking that transformed Internet2.

What is your favorite part of being a Network Planning Manager?

Working with and talking to the people who use the network to accomplish amazing science and research.

Who are collaborators that you respect most in the community and why?

I most respect the people who manage the various regional networks across the country. Having been there, I understand the challenges they face as the technology changes constantly.