Steve Corbato


Steve Corbató is the Director of Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Strategic Initiatives within the Office of Information Technology at the University of Utah. In this capacity, he coordinates the development and application of campus IT resources in support of faculty-driven research initiatives. In addition, he is active in furthering the development of advanced networking and other CI capabilities in collaboration with other research-oriented universities and organizations within the Intermountain West.

From 2000 to 2006, he served in several national leadership positions at Internet2, a higher education non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that facilitate the development, deployment, and use of revolutionary Internet technologies. While at Internet2, he initially oversaw all national network infrastructure activities – including the Abilene Network, the MAN LAN exchange point in New York City, and the FiberCo dark fiber holding vehicle. He later served as the Managing Director for Technology with responsibility for a broad R&D portfolio including research facilitation, network performance and security, federated identity management, and middleware.

Prior to joining Internet2, Dr. Corbató was the technical lead for the Pacific Northwest Gigapop and manager of network engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. He played a key role in the development of the IP network within the Washington State K-20 Network.

He currently serves as a board member, chair, and treasurer of FirstMile.US, a non-profit organization supporting the development of community broadband networks in the U.S. From 2003 until 2006, he represented Internet2 as a board member and treasurer for National LambdaRail (NLR), Inc. He also has served as an elected member of the Advisory Council for the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN). He currently is a member of the statewide steering group for the Utah Education Network (UEN).

Corbató’s academic background is in experimental astrophysics. He received his B.A. cum laude from Rice University in Houston and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia – both degrees in physics. He later was a member of the cosmic ray astrophysics research group at the University of Utah.

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