Internet2 Mourns the Loss of Former Chief Information Architect George Brett
Former Internet2 Chief Information Architect George Brett passed away Feb. 8 at the age of 67. Brett worked at Internet2 from 2001-2010, first as chief information architect and later as senior manager of knowledge and information services. During a significant period of his time at Internet2, Brett was responsible for the planning and production of the Internet2 website, electronic collections, and collaboration spaces. He was also a leader in communicating the application and integration of computers and networked information resources in education, research, and civic environments. As chief information architect, he also led for a period of time the End-to-End Performance Initiative, which focused on improving performance monitoring and resolution throughout the Internet2 Network infrastructure.
“We are saddened to hear of the loss of George, who was well-known in the Internet2 community and provided many contributions during his time here,” said Ana Hunsinger, vice president of community engagement at Internet2. “One of his most memorable professional attributes was his ability to communicate the value of advanced networks and technology innovations to a broad audience. Many of us who worked with him remember his gentle demeanor, fantastic sense of humor and genuine kindness to others. I had the opportunity to work with George and I know he will be missed by many at Internet2. George will also always be remembered for how deeply he cared about his family. We send our deepest sympathy to Sally and George’s close and extended family.”
Brett’s early career included positions at the Clearinghouse for Networking Information Discovery and Retrieval, the Southeastern Universities Research Association, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications. After working at Internet2, Brett went on to work at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and later General Dynamics.
For more information on Brett, including a list of presentations he gave while at Internet2, visit his Internet2 Speaker’s Bureau page.