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Pat Burns honored by national networking community

April 9, 2014

Patrick Burns, Colorado State University's dean of libraries and vice president for information technology, was honored for his work to extend advanced networking to K-20 schools and community organizations.

Patrick Burns, right, recieves the Richard Rose Award from H. David Lambert, Internet2 president and CEO, at the 2014 Global Summit in Denver. Internet2, a member-owned advanced technology community, named Burns its Richard Rose Award winner on Tuesday during its 2014 Global Summit in Denver.

The annual award “recognizes extraordinary individual contributions to extending the reach of advanced networking from research universities to the broadest education community, including primary and secondary schools, community colleges, libraries, museums, and other cultural, artistic, historic, and scientific organizations.”

H. David Lambert, Internet2 president and CEO, said Burns exemplifies the spirit of the award, citing the CSU professor’s efforts to create various advanced networks including Colorado Supernet and the State Multi-use Network.

“(Burns) has worked for decades to bring advanced networking to Colorado and western U.S. research and education institutions,” Lambert said. “Knowing (Burns), he will continue to be a strong and enthusiastic leader in extending advanced networking technologies that benefit teaching, learning and research at all levels.”

Remarkable track record

“Pat has poured his passion and his intellect into shaping the Internet to serve all communities. It is a remarkable track record, now spanning 30 years of doing the right thing for the Internet in the U.S., in the West, in Colorado and at CSU,” said Ken Klingenstein, senior director, middleware and security for Internet2.

CSU President Tony Frank and Burns provided the introduction and preliminary remarks for the Summit's opening keynote speaker, Chris Vein, Chief Innovation Officer for Global Technology Development at the World Bank. The four-day event was attended by more than 800 of the nation's top higher ed chief information officers and other technologists .