Patrick Christian has worked in the telecommunications industry in public and private practice for over 30 years. In his current role as Director of Networking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Information Technology (DoIT), Pat leads a team of 55 people responsible for network architecture, operations and administration of over 3300 miles of network in 7 states and the 160+ building campus network in support of academic, administrative and research activities.
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 to develop 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. He currently serves as secretary of the organization.
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.