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Columbia Professor Henning Schulzrinne FCC’s New CTO

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has appointed Columbia University professor Henning Schulzrinne as the agency’s new chief technology officer according to an agency announcement Monday.

At Columbia, Schulzrinne is Julian Clarence Levi Professor of mathematical methods and computer science and a professor of engineering at the university’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Schulzrinne, an engineering fellow with the agency since 2010, will guide the FCC’s work on technology and engineering issues with the agency’s Office of Engineering and Technology. He will also advise on matters across the agency to ensure that FCC policies are driving technological innovation and will help the agency engage with outside technology experts.

“The communications technology revolution is key to our economy and broad opportunity,” Genachowski said. “With the appointment of Henning — a world-class technologist — we extend our commitment to technology excellence at the FCC and to strong engagement with outside technology experts.”

An author of more than 250 journal and conference papers, Schulzrinne is known for developing protocols that enable voice-over-IP and other multimedia applications that are now standard for the Internet according to the FCC.

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