Ben Schultz recognized as ‘Internet Pioneer’ by IPv6 Forum
Youngest-ever recipient honored along with Major Roswell Dixon, DoD
and Hiroshi Esaki, IPv6 Promotion Council of Japan
SANTA MONICA, Calif., N.A. IPv6 Summit, June 17, 2004 – Ben Schultz, a principle
technical architect of the Moonv6 project at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability
Laboratory (UNH-IOL), was honored as one of three key advocates of the next-generation
Internet protocol (IPv6).
Schultz is the youngest person ever to be given the “Internet Pioneer” award. The award was
presented yesterday at the North American IPv6 Summit by both Jim Bound, Chairman of the
North American IPv6 Task Force and CTO of the IPv6 Forum, and Latif Ladid, President of the
IPv6 Forum. The award publicly acknowledges creative and persistent contributions to the
evolution and momentum of IPv6.
As a managing engineer at the UNH-IOL since 1998, Schultz has been writing and
implementing test plans with a focus on new technologies, including IPv6, multi-protocol
label switching (MPLS) and optical networking. The Internet Pioneer award recognizes
the UNH-IOL’s contribution to Moonv6, the largest next-generation Internet network in
the world, stretching from the UNH-IOL in Durham, New Hampshire to the NASA Ames
Research Center in Silicon Valley.
“We would not have Moonv6 without you and the University of New Hampshire,” Bound told
Schultz. “We can’t thank you enough for the unbelievable work you’ve done for IPv6.”
Schultz was honored alongside Hiroshi Esaki, executive chair of the IPv6 Promotion Council of
Japan, and a major force behind the IPv6 Forum’s “IPv6 Ready” testing and logo program, and
Major Roswell Dixon, of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Interoperability Test Command.
Dixon was also decorated by his commanding officer for his work in helping to transition the
military to the new technology. All three were hailed as major players in the drive to foster IPv6.
“We are very fortunate to have a strongly unified technical community working collectively to
move IPv6 forward, and the UNH-IOL is honored to play a key role in that,” Schultz said. “The
rapid build-out of the Moonv6 network demonstrates the power of the cooperative approach to
interoperability and technology development.”
About the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory
Established in 1988, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL)
is a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive interoperability and conformance-based
testing through 19 technology-based groups, called consortiums. Test solutions created at the
UNH-IOL offer a set of methods to increase interoperability through protocol operations,
signaling, point-to-point and multi-system scenarios. For more information, visit the UNH-IOL
website at: www.iol.unh.edu.
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