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Steering Committee Members Announced for U.S. Identity Management Federation

Posted on Jan 30, 2018 by Sara Aly
Tags: Frontpage News, InCommon, InCommon Federation, InCommon Multifactor Authentication, Recent Posts, Trust & Identity

Leaders from the research and education community provide strategic direction, oversight, and recommendations for InCommon, the U.S. higher education trusted identity management federation


WASHINGTON, D.C., January 30, 2018 – Internet2 announced today the selection of two new members and reappointment of two returning members to the InCommon Steering Committee:

  • Mike Erickson, chief information officer at Colorado School of Mines, will serve a three-year term.
  • Laura Paglione, director of strategic initiatives at ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), will serve a three-year term.
  • Pankaj Shah, president and chief executive officer at Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN), is reappointed to a second three-year term.
  • Sean Reynolds, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Northwestern University, is reappointed to a second three-year term.

More than 950 institutions across the United States – including colleges, universities, government and nonprofit laboratories, research centers, agencies, and industry partners – rely on InCommon's identity management framework or take advantage of the InCommon Certificate Service for securing their web infrastructure.

“The InCommon Steering Committee is a group of 13 leaders from diverse institutions across the research and education community who volunteer their time and expertise to help us ensure that InCommon’s services and offerings align with the community’s needs for identity management,” said Kevin Morooney, vice president of trust and identity at Internet2. “Federated identity has been widely used by universities and other educational institutions for years. InCommon's identity management federation is an integral part of a comprehensive trust and identity framework being developed by the research and education community that supports academic scholarship on both a national and global level.”

The InCommon framework is based on federated identity, a mechanism by which a person can use credentials issued by their home institution to authenticate locally, then be authorized for access by the resource provider. This single sign-on environment protects privacy and sends only the necessary information to an online resource to establish access.

The InCommon Federation helps institutions streamline and standardize access to online resources through a single sign-on environment.

The InCommon Federation was formed in 2004 as a way of scaling the many online relationships an organization maintains when offering services to another or enabling access for its users to another’s services.

Recently, the National Science Foundation (NSF) added InCommon collaboration-ready requirements to its Campus Cyberinfrastructure Solicitation to help ensure that researchers can successfully use their campus credentials to access research-related services available via global federation.


Illustration of the multiple layers involved in identity access management (IAM) across the research and education community at the campus, national, and international levels.

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About Internet2

Internet2® is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves 327 U.S. universities, 60 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 94,000 community anchor institutions, over 900 InCommon participants, and 72 leading corporations working with our community, and 61 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries.

Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework.

Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

Media contact: Sara Aly