Rob Vietzke is Executive Director of Network Services for Internet2. His responsibilities include the operational aspects of the Internet2 network, state and regional network relationships, internal Internet2 IT systems and other management areas. Rob served as the transition director for the Internet2 network upgrade from the Abilene network to the new Internet2 network. Prior to joining Internet2, Rob was Director of Networking and Telecommunications for the University of Connecticut and Director and Network Architect for the Connecticut Education Network. The Connecticut Education Network was the first K20 network in the United States to deploy an all optical gigabit network to ever school district and college in a state.