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Internet2 Inclusivity Award Recipients, Network Startup Resource Center-Internet2 Fellows Announced

Posted on May 07, 2018 by Sara Aly
Tags: 2018 Internet2 Global Summit, Frontpage News, Inclusivity Initiative Award, International Community, Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative, Internet2 Member

Women and underrepresented IT professionals in research and education receive funding to attend the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit meeting in San Diego, California


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 7, 2018—Internet2 today announced four recipients of the Internet2 Inclusivity Award and two recipients of the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)-Internet2 Fellowship for its annual meeting, the Internet2 Global Summit, taking place this week in San Diego, CA.

This year’s award recipients and fellows are:

  • Gladys Andino, Purdue University, inclusivity award recipient
  • Lisa Barry, East Carolina University, inclusivity award recipient
  • Stephanie Collins, Virginia Tech, inclusivity award recipient
  • Manisha Kanodia, University of California San Diego, inclusivity award recipient
  • Magreth Mushi, Tanzania Education and Research Network, NSRC-Internet2 fellow
  • Nosiku Sililo, Zambian Research and Education Network, NSRC-Internet2 fellow

Andino, Barry, Collins, Kanodia, Mushi, and Sililo will be recognized during the 2018 Global Summit general session on Tuesday, May 8 at 3:15 p.m. PT in San Diego.

The Internet2 Inclusivity Award is a scholarship that was established in 2014 by the Internet2 community as part of a larger community-led effort to improve diversity and inclusion in the information technology field within research and education. This scholarship provides recipients the opportunity to engage in discussions around the latest applied innovations and best-practices for their campuses, as well as access to mentors and a network of women IT and technology professionals.

Since 2000, the NSRC and Internet2 have worked with universities, network service providers, and industry and government agencies in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean to provide support to research and education communities in countries underserved by the current research and education networking infrastructure.

“We all have a responsibility as individuals and as a community to be forces for positive change when it comes to diversity and inclusion,” said Ana Hunsinger, vice president of community engagement at Internet2. “Congratulations to all of our award recipients and fellows, and a special thank you to our members who are also supporting the meaningful participation of underrepresented groups in the information technology field from both the national and global research and education communities.”

Both the award and fellowship cover travel expenses, hotel accommodation, and conference registration for the 2018 Global Summit. Funding for this year’s inclusivity award is made possible by Cisco, DLT Solutions, Duo Security, Internet2, Microsoft, and Oracle Dyn. Funding for the two fellowships is provided by NSRC and Internet2.

"The NSRC group is delighted with the awesome results of the joint fellowship program with Internet2 over the years. It's enriching for both the sponsored fellows and for the attendees of the Internet2 Global Summit to learn from each other and develop new working relationships,” said Steven Huter, director of the NSRC. “We are happy for Magreth from TERNET and Nosiku from ZAMREN - two wonderful young leaders who are doing great work in their communities."

A full list of the 2018 Internet2 Inclusivity Award recipients and NSRC-Internet2 fellows, along with their bios, appears below:

Gladys K. Andino, Ph.D. is currently a senior scientific applications analyst in research computing at Purdue University. While providing computing expertise to students, staff and faculty with her advanced knowledge of bioinformatics software, analysis, and pipelines, she also provides instruction related to Unix and HPC – both in standalone workshops and as a guest lecturer in academic courses. In her continued pursuit to work with faculty, other researchers, and students at Purdue, she developed and currently teaches a new for-credit course, “HPC for Life Sciences.” Gladys’ vision for this course is to continue training future scientists to use computing in their research, which is key in Purdue’s goals to advance data science and educate the researchers of tomorrow. As a champion of gender diversity in the tech field, she co-founded Purdue’s “Women in HPC” program in 2016. This initiative was created as part of Purdue’s commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion by promoting participation of women in HPC. Her doctoral research involved examining gene expression and viral concentration in Varroa mites, one of the principal causes of honey bee hive collapses worldwide. An entomologist by training, her doctoral work integrated computational bioinformatics and high-performance computing techniques from the ground up. With a passion for both learning and teaching, Gladys enjoys helping to guide the next generation of researchers as a computational life sciences specialist for Purdue’s research computing.

Lisa Barry serves as a network analyst within the information technology and computing services department for East Carolina University (ECU). She started with ECU in 2015 as a network engineer and quickly demonstrated her capacity for advanced networking challenges. Lisa’s current responsibilities include administration of enterprise-level network services including firewalls, VPN systems, intrusion detection and prevention systems. Lisa also maintains identity services, access control systems and load balancing for backend servers. She is dedicated to providing excellent user experiences while maintaining a high standard of network security and performance.

Stephanie Collins serves as the IT project manager for the information technology unit within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Virginia Tech. Her current responsibilities are to lead, coordinate and manage diverse information technology projects that transform business processes across 126 statewide extension offices, agricultural research centers and 4-H centers, in addition to 13 college departments within CALS and multiple colleges within Virginia Tech to improve the user experience across the unit’s various platforms. She has had the opportunity to serve CALS since 1997 in multiple IT roles. She is currently pursuing a master’s in public administration at Virginia Tech for intellectual growth and to enhance her contribution to CALS.

Manisha Kanodia is a senior applications and database developer in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor - Academic Affairs at UCSD. She joined UCSD in 2008 in the information technology team at Rady School of Management. In her current role, she develops campus wide applications that fulfill the business needs of various departments. She enjoys her work with the institutional research department’s data analytics team. Ever since earning her bachelor’s degree in computer science, she has been working in the IT sector for 15 years and is passionate about developing broad solutions that fit unmet needs. She serves on the UCSD women's conference committee and engages with the women in advance computing group on campus to enhance collaboration and knowledge sharing. She is also a member of the UCSD’s campus wide technology conference committee (Campus LISA). Manisha also volunteers with San Diego community’s nonprofit organizations, such as Dollars for Scholars as a selection chair. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and cooking international cuisines for her two teenage kids.

Magreth Mushi, Ph.D. is Tanzania Education and Research Network’s (TERNET) chief executive officer since April 2017 and a PI at the Open University of Tanzania. She holds a doctorate with a specialization in network security from North Carolina State University under Fulbright and Google Anita Borg Scholarships (2012-2016). She earned her master's and bachelor's degrees in computer science from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2005 and 2008 respectively. Her areas of research interest include network security, as well as network administration and management in software defined networks. She has also engaged with the newly emerging field of Science of Security (SoS), where she seeks to foster her research in network security.

Nosiku Sililo works as a systems administrator for the Zambia Research and Education Network (ZAMREN), the national research and education network in Zambia. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Copperbelt University and a master's degree in information and knowledge management from Stellenbosch University. She has been instrumental in the deployment of Eduroam at several learning institutions in Zambia and is currently leading the charge to join Edugain and develop federated identity in Zambia's colleges and universities. She is also the lead engineer in the development of Zamren's High Performance Computing cluster.

The 2018 Internet2 Global Summit meeting convenes research and education technology leaders from May 6-9 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel, and is co-hosted by CENIC, the University of California San Diego, and San Diego State University.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos of the award recipients and fellows’ recognition during the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit will be made available on Monday, May 7 after 2:15 p.m. PT. Contact Sara Aly:

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The Network Startup Resource Center, which is based at the University of Oregon, was established in 1992 to provide technical assistance to organizations setting up computer networks in new areas to connect scientists engaged in collaborative research and education. For the past 25 years, the NSRC has helped develop Internet infrastructure and network operations communities in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, and the Middle East. The NSRC is partially funded by the International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program of the U.S. National Science Foundation and Google, with additional contributions from dozens of public and private organizations.

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Sara Aly, Internet2