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Internet2 Names Sherilyn Shiotsu Evans of CENIC Winner of 2018 Richard Rose Award

Posted on May 08, 2018 by Sara Aly
Tags: 2018 Internet2 Global Summit, Frontpage News, Internet2 Member, Research & Education Networks, Richard Rose Award

Evans to be recognized for her contributions to community anchor institutions and formal and informal education during the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2018 — Internet2 today announced that Sherilyn Shiotsu Evans, senior vice president and chief operating officer at CENIC, is this year’s winner of the Richard Rose Award. The award honors educators or technologists who have made demonstrable impacts on the formal and informal education community by extending advanced networking, content, and services to community anchors nationwide. Evans will receive her award today at the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit taking place in San Diego, CA.

In her current role, Evans oversees CENIC's internal operations, both technical and non-technical, and represents the organization externally to the global advanced networking community. She joined CENIC in 2000, initially providing leadership to the Digital California Project, which extended broadband connectivity to K-12 schools in California. Prior to joining CENIC, Evans enjoyed a successful 20-year career at the University of California, serving on the IT management team at the UC Office of the President.

“I’m honored to be included among the distinguished recipients of the Richard Rose Award,” said Evans. “However, the accomplishments are not mine alone; truly, this award recognizes the work of the many fine people with whom I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate over the years.”

CENIC President and CEO Louis Fox recalls first working with Evans on the Pacific Lighthouse project in the late 1990s. “Sherilyn's idea was to take advantage of cultural repositories, often stored at universities, of video and audio recordings, photographs, and other media that could be digitized, organized, and shared with a broad education audience,” said Fox. “The appetite for this information among our institutions was remarkable. Several teachers were engaged to create curriculum materials for social studies classes at middle and high schools. We then extended this model into science and technology with similar organizations like the Exploratorium and the Pacific Science Center.”

Evan’s lifetime of leadership and accomplishment in support of community anchor institutions is unprecedented in its breadth and depth. Her outreach work extends beyond K-20 institutions to rural communities in California, Washington, Montana, and British Columbia.

“For nearly two decades as a top member of CENIC’s leadership team, Sherilyn Evans has been a tireless force of nature, relentlessly driving R&E networking initiatives, bringing the open Internet to entirely new communities, and making the projects and underlying operations actually work for not only bleeding-edge research labs, but also the most geographically and/or economically challenged K-12 districts, libraries, and community clinics,” said Ron Johnson, professor, emeritus vice president IT and CTO at The University of Washington and CEO of the Pacific NorthWest Gigapop.

Dr. Stephanie Couch, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, has known Evans since 2000, having worked closely with her and others to secure funding to develop the K-12 portion of CENIC’s K-20 network. “Throughout the years, Sherilyn’s actions have demonstrated tremendous commitment to ensuring that young people and residents from underserved areas of California have access to adequate bandwidth, services, and high-quality educational programs enabled by high-speed networks,” said Dr. Couch. “She is a rare colleague in the sense that she has tremendous technical knowledge as well as the people skills needed to manage complex technological initiatives. Her ability to communicate and to work with those in the IT sector as well as novices who need to support IT is of immense value to the advanced networking community.”

The Rose Award is named in honor of Richard Rose (1947-2007), who was an early leader in the national Internet2 K-20 Initiative, now the Internet2 Community Anchor Program. Rose was executive director of the University of Maryland Academic Telecommunications System and the University System of Maryland Office of Information Technology. He was an indefatigable advocate for extending the Internet2 Network to students at all levels—in both formal and informal education—in the U.S. to broaden and deepen opportunities in learning, scholarship and science. The Rose Award is given annually based on criteria such as commitment to the mission and vision of the Internet2 Community Anchor Program, recognized innovation in the community, and leadership and mentoring qualities.

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 Sherilyn Shiotsu Evans’s recognition during the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit will be made available on Tuesday, May 8 after 4:30 p.m. PT. Please contact Sara Aly:

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 328 U.S. universities, 60 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 100,000 community anchor institutions, over 900 InCommon participants, and 69 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.; Washington, D.C.; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

About CENIC •
CENIC connects California to the world — advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and others at vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, USC, and the Naval Postgraduate School. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.

Media contact:
Sara Aly, Internet2