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Colorado State’s Pat Burns Awarded Internet2 2014 Richard Rose Award

Posted on Apr 08, 2014 by Todd Sedmak
Tags: Community, Frontpage News, Global Summit

Colorado State’s Pat Burns Awarded Internet2 2014 Richard Rose Award For Extending Advanced Networking Into the K-20 Education Community

DENVER—April 8, 2014--Internet2 today honored Pat Burns, Colorado State University’s Dean of Libraries, Vice President for Information Technology and professor of Mechanical Engineering, as this year's Richard Rose Award winner 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 have worked 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 of 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, Sr. Director, Middleware and Security, Internet2.

The Richard Rose Award, developed by the Internet2 K20 Initiative community in which Richard Rose played an early and influential leadership role, focuses on efforts to extend advanced networking and applications from research universities to the broadest education community, including primary and secondary schools, community colleges, libraries, museums, zoos, aquariums, and performing arts and cultural centers, and other community anchor institutions.

Mr. Rose was the executive director of the University of Maryland Academic Telecommunications System and University System of Maryland Office of IT, when he passed away in January 2007.

More details about the Rose Award and information about prior recipients can be found at

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Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, in which the Network Operations Center is powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 93,000 community anchor institutions, 250 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks, 80 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries.

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Todd Sedmak, Internet2, 202-803-8978 or