Pat Christian


Patrick Christian has worked in the telecommunications industry in public and private practice for over 30 years.  In his current role as an Assistant Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Information Technology (DoIT), Pat is responsible for network architecture, budget and operations of over 3300 miles of network in 7 states in support of academic, administrative and research activities.  These networks include:

* UW-System Network (SysNet) - interconnecting UW-System facilities in WI to each other, the Internet and special purpose research networks

* Broadband Optical, Research, Education and Research Network (BOREAS-Net) - a regional optical network interconnecting upper Midwest universities to worldwide scientific instruments, labs, computation and data storage resources

* Metropolitan Unified Fiber Network (MUFN) - a greater Madison metropolitan area education, government, healthcare and commercial fiber network

Pat chaired a Big10 athletic conference committee to build and operate the Big10 Academic Alliance (BTAA) OmniPoP, a network exchange in downtown Chicago, and was its first operations chair.  He also co-chaired a national higher education committee to redesign a nationwide higher education network (Internet2) peering (network interconnect) service.  In addition, Pat wrote an $8.86 million dollar grant, developed and is secretary of a non-profit, public/private community-based network organization called MUFN ( that operates over 200 miles of fiber-optic network in the greater Madison metropolitan area.

Pat is married with 3 children and currently lives in the Madison area.  He holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin. His hobbies include golf, soccer coaching, politics and following his children's athletic activities.