Wolverine Caucus

Next Caucus Event, 3/25/15:
Michigan and the Internet
Past, Present and Future   PDF Flyer  or  DOC Flyer

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These exchanges are very common these days, but none of them would have been likely without the development of the “World Wide Web”. Much has been written regarding the origin of the Internet, but most do not know that the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan played a key role in the Internet’s early years. Today, the State continues to benefit from that early innovation and the organizations it generated.
As the Internet and the applications it supports continue to evolve, what are Michigan’s opportunities? What new innovations and changes are on the horizon, and how might we enhance the world’s Internet future? Please join us for this enlightening and intriguing conversation with one of the Internet’s founding innovators, UM Professor Douglas Van Houweling!

Featured speaker:

Douglas E. Van Houweling, Professor of Information, School of Information, and the founding president and CEO of Internet2.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 11:30 - 12:30
Note: GCSI, Second Floor • 120 North Washington Square, Suite 110, Lansing, MI 48933

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Douglas E. Van Houweling

Douglas E. Van Houweling, the founding president and CEO of Internet2, played a major role in Internet development in the United States. He is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, and from 2010-2014, he was the associate dean for research and innovation. Dr. Van Houweling is Chairman of the Board of MERIT, Inc., a Michigan statewide computing network. The National Science Foundation awarded MERIT, Inc. responsibility for operation and management of the NSFNET national backbone in partnership with IBM, MCI and the Michigan Strategic Fund in 1987. Van Houweling was also chairman of the board of Advanced Network and Services Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that implemented and operated the world’s largest Internet backbone network, from 1991 until 1995. He received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and his PhD in government from Indiana University.

Upcoming Caucus Events FLYER

April: IBM Watson Comes to the Classroom
April 28, 2015
Featured speaker: Dr. David Chesney, UM Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering

September: Let's Play Ball!
September 23, 2015
Featured speaker: Carol S. Hutchins, Head Softball Coach of the University of Michigan

October: Preserving Our Great Lakes
October 20, 2015
Featured speakers:
John Callewaert, Ph.D., Integrated Assessment Center Director, UM Graham Sustainability Institute;
Nicole Berg, Planet Blue Ambassador (PBA) Program Coordinator, UM Graham Sustainability Institute

About the Wolverine Caucus

Wolverine Caucus members are U-M alumni working in and around State of Michigan government, including legislators, lobbyists, staff, and advisors who meet with U-M experts on timely, relevant public policy subjects during the legislative session.

Our mission is to provide diverse forums at which University of Michigan friends can meet one another, enjoy fellowship, exchange views and learn from the world-class talents of U-M faculty and administrators.

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