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FCC Appoints New Chief Technologist

Julius-Genachowski-FCCFederal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski yesterday announced the appointment of Dr. Douglas C. Sicker as chief technologist of the commission.

Sicker will work in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis and counsel the agency on technological issues.

“I am delighted that Dr. Sicker is returning to provide the FCC with his broad and deep knowledge about the communications networks and technologies of today and tomorrow,” Genachowski said. “His technical expertise will help the FCC pursue policies that spur investment, create jobs, promote innovation, and advance our nation’s global technology leadership.”

Sicker is currently an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a joint appointment in the interdisciplinary telecommunications program. He previously served on the Omnibus Broadband Initiative working on research and development issues. Before that role, he was director of global architecture at Level 3 Communications, Inc. Another previous role was as chief of the network technology division at FCC.

Sicker is a member of IEEE, ACM and the Internet Society. He has chaired and served on the program committees of numerous technical conferences, including IEEE, DySPAN, ISART and TPRC. After leaving the FCC, he was the chair of the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council steering committee. Sicker also served on FCC’s Technical Advisory Council.

Sicker has research funded through the NSF, DARPA, the Internet Society and the Federal Aviation Administration. He earned his doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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