MAGPI GigaPoP, University of Pennsylvania
Greg Palmer has been in the field of communications industry since 1980 working for companies such as Okidata. In 1988 he received a business degree in Operations Management from LaSalle University. In 1990, he collaborated with the Okidata Japanese parent company, OKI Electric, to build an international network that included Japan, Thailand, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Following ten years of service with Okidata, Greg took the position of Director of Campus Computing at Drexel University in Philadelphia. At Drexel, he wrote, and received, a grant from the National Science Foundation for connection to the vBNS national backbone. Next, he took a position in Europe working at Christian Dalloz, Ltd, a French company that manufacturers and distributes personal safety products as Director of Operations where he was responsible for coordinating connectivity and local LAN support for 42 sites worldwide. After the better part of six months, he chose to return to the academic community at the University of Pennsylvania as the Director of MAGPI to create a financially self-sustaining high performance Metropolitan Area Network in the Philadelphia region dedicated to the research and education community.