John Vig Presents IEEE Milestone at UCLA

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 29 October, 2009 – John Vig, president and CEO of IEEE, presented University of California, Los Angeles with an IEEE Milestone award for it being the location of first Arpanet connection in 1969.

Vig made the presentation during a UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science event marking the 40th anniversary of the Internet. In October 1969, a UCLA team led by computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock sent the very first message over the Arpanet, ushering in a technological revolution that has transformed communications, education, culture, business, and entertainment.

The Milestone citation reads: “Birthplace of the Internet, 1969. At 10:30 p.m., 29 October 1969, the first Arpanet message was sent from this UCLA site to the Stanford Research Institute. Based on packet switching and dynamic resource allocation, the sharing of information digitally from this first node of Arpanet launched the Internet revolution.”

The IEEE Milestone program honors significant achievements in electrical, electronic, and computer engineering, and the associated sciences. Milestones recognize the technological innovation and excellence found in unique products, services, seminal papers, and patents. Each Milestone recognizes a significant achievement that occurred at least 25 years ago, in an area of technology represented in IEEE.

“IEEE feels that it is important to recognize pioneering events, and the people behind them. Milestones are landmarks in the progress of technology, and in the progress of civilization,” Vig said.

Vig noted that the Arpanet Milestone, and other Milestone awards dedicated this year, add even more significance to the year-long celebration of IEEE’s 125th anniversary. Both the IEEE Coastal Los Angeles and IEEE Central Coast sections recommended that the Milestone be noted. Their nominations were combined.

The Milestones Program concept was launched in 1983 as part of the IEEE’s Centennial Celebration in 1984. All of the nearly 90 Milestone Awards dedicated since the program’s inception have been for unique and pioneering efforts.

Speakers at the event included: Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of One Laptop per Child and chairman emeritus of MIT Media Laboratory; Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post; Duran Duran bassist John Taylor; Blizzard Entertainment co-founders Mike Morhaime and Frank Pearce; Shiva Shivakumar, vice president and entrepreneur-in-residence, Google; Thomas Gewecke, Warner Bros. president of digital distribution; Symantec CTO Mark Bregman; and Cisco senior vice president Gary Bridge.

In conjunction with the UCLA event, the IEEE Computer Society’s IEEE Internet Computing magazine has posted an interview with Kleinrock, from the March/April 1997 issue, about the Internet’s origins, as well as a piece from the January/February 2000 issue in which he predicted where things might be today with the Internet. The articles are available for free download and viewing on Computing Now, the Computer Society’s online periodicals portal.

About the Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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