Internet Architecture Board




The IAB is composed of twelve members selected by the IETF Nominations Committee, the IETF Chair (also selected by the IETF Nominations Committee), and several ex-officio and liaison positions.

IAB Members

Jari Arkko, Ericsson – IETF Chair

Jari Arkko Jari Arkko is an Expert on Internet Architecture with Ericsson Research in Jorvas, Finland. At the IETF, he has served six years as one of the Internet Area Directors in the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). He has published 32 RFCs, including specifications for Mobile IPv6, EAP-AKA, Diameter, SEND, and various IPv6 related documents. He has previously served as a chair of three IETF working groups, and has created and terminated over a dozen of working groups at the IETF in his Area Director role.Jari also serves as a chair of the Technical Advisory Board for the IP Smart Objects Alliance (IPSO) and works in a number of research projects at Ericsson. In the past, Jari has worked in the implementation of routers, VPN software, testing tools, modem banks, cellular network nodes, AAA systems, compilers, and AI systems. He received his Licentiate’s degree from Helsinki University of Technology in 1996. Jari’s main interests in the Internet include architecture, IPv6, small implementations, the Internet of Things, social media, Internet governance, and cutting through hype that often surrounds some aspects of our technology. He likes to build and and use the technology that he works with. For instance, he moved to an IPv6-only network in 2010 and builds smart home networks as a hobby. He frequently communicates with his laundry on Facebook.

Mary Barnes, MLB@Realtime Communications, LLC

Mary Barnes Mary Barnes is the Principal Consultant at MLB@Realtime Communications, LLC.  Mary has been involved in system architecture and product development for real-time communication systems for over 25 years, focusing for the past 16 years on IP communications and standards development.  She applies the depth and breadth of her experience with real time architectures and protocols to a variety of activities, including advising a startup (Wrethink) on a realtime communications network architecture and related protocols, working with a cable service provider in product engineering and next generation product planning and serving as a technical expert evaluating patents and related technologies.   She is an active contributor to the IETF. She is the author of RFCs relating to the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Centralized Conferencing, NAT/Firewall traversal, Geographic Location Delivery and Telepresence.   She currently serves as chair of the DISPATCH working group in the Real-time Applications and Infrastructure (RAI) Area. She is also a board member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).     She is past chair of the SIPPING and CLUE (Telepresence) WGs and the IETF Nominations Committee.  Prior to joining the IAB as a board member, she  served as Executive Director of the IAB.   Mary also served as the Vice-chair of the Technical WG in the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) (since merged with the IMTC).Prior experience includes a position as Principal Engineer in the Video Solutions Group at Polycom and various positions at Nortel.  Her final role was as Senior Advisor for Nortel, leading the IETF standards strategy for the Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions business unit (now Genband). She was also a senior manager/advisor for Nortel’s 3G IP research, participating in industry standards forums and prototyping a mobile IP based system. She is the inventor of several patents related to this work. She also designed and developed real-time software for Nortel’s DMS-based GSM and Enterprise products. Prior to her 22 years at Nortel, Mary developed real-time embedded software for GPS and video reconnaissance systems for Texas Instruments. Mary has a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Marc Blanchet, Viagénie

Mark Blanchet Marc Blanchet is President of Viagenie, a consulting and R&D firm in advanced IP networking engineering, with focus on IPv6, VoIP, internationalisation and space networking.Since 20 years, Marc has been involved in IPv6 engineering and deployment, as co-founder and CTO of Hexago, author of IETF documents (RFC3531, 5156, 5572), architect and co-implementor of the freenet6, the Tunnel Setup Protocol, project lead of the DNS64/NAT64 Viagenie implementation and other IPv6 initiatives. He co-ported Asterisk to IPv6. Marc was on the first board of the IPv6Forum and has been Vice-Chair of the Canadian ISACC IPv6 Task Group.Marc has been involved in internationalisation of the Internet, as co-chair of the initial internationalized domain names (idn), vcarddav, precis and iri IETF working groups and co-author of internationalisation protocols (RFC3454, RFC3491).Marc is also involved in space networking, by chairing the CCSDS SANA working group and is the architect of the SANA registry for space protocols.Marc authored the “Migrating to IPv6″ book published by Wiley and co-authored the Cisco IPv6 course. Marc received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Laval University.

Ralph Droms, Cisco

Ralph Droms Dr. Ralph Droms is a Cisco Distinguished Engineer in the office of the Enterprise Networking CTO.  At Cisco, he heads up a research project in the application of ICN to sensor and actuator networks.  Dr. Droms is also working on highly scalable DNS service discovery.Dr. Droms organized the IETF working group that designed DHCP in 1989 and has been active in the IETF in several roles ever since.  He is an author of more than 20 RFCs, including many of the core DHCP specifications.  Dr. Droms chaired the dhc WG until 2009, when he was selected to be an Internet Area Director in the IESG.  In addition to serving on the IAB, Dr. Droms is currently co-chair of the dnssd WG and technical advisor to the 6lo WG.  Dr. Droms was also an editor for the IPv6 requirements in the CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 specification and contributed to the ZigBee Alliance ZigBee-IP specification.Prior to joining Cisco in 2000, Dr. Droms was a member of the computer science department faculty at Bucknell University and co-director of the Computer Center at Bucknell.  He has also been a member of the computer science faculty at Pennsylvania State University, and was on the research staff at both IBM and Burroughs (Unisys).  Dr. Droms is a co-author of “The DHCP Handbook”.  His PhD is in computer science from Purdue University.

Ted Hardie, Google – IAB Executive Director

Ted Hardie Ted Hardie currently works for Google, putting networks, protocols, and people together in new and optimal ways.Ted first worked in the Internet field in 1988 when he joined the operations staff of the SRI NIC. He later became the technical lead for the NASA NIC, part of the NASA Science Internet project. After leaving NASA, he joined Equinix as its initial Director of Engineering before taking on the role of Director of Research and Development. He was an early-stage executive at Nominum before joining Qualcomm R & D. While he was Qualcomm’s Director of Internet and Wireless, he served the Internet community as a member of the Internet Architecture Board and as an Applications Area Director for the IETF. He served as Trustee of the Internet Society from 2007 to 2010, and as its Treasurer in 2008 to 2010, while Managing Director of Panasonic’s Silicon Valley Wireless Research Lab.Dr. Hardie received his bachelor’s degree from Yale and his doctorate from Stanford. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and a Yale-China Fellow, both in Hong Kong.

Joe Hildebrand, Cisco

Joe Hildebrand Joe Hildebrand is a Cisco Distinguished Engineer in the Corporate Technology Group, which builds corporate-scale technology strategies for Cisco. Previously, he ran architecture for WebEx, was the CTO at Jabber Inc., was the Chief Architect at a custom software development company, built battlefield messaging systems, and engineered robots and their control systems for safety-critical applications. Joe has co-chaired several IETF working groups, including XMPP and HyBi, serves on the RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC), and has a deep interest in protocols designed for use by typical application developers. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1992.

Russ Housley, Vigilsec

Russ Housley Russ Housley has worked in the computer and network security field since 1982, and he founded Vigil Security, LLC in September 2002. Russ began serving as the IETF Chair in March 2007. His security research and standards interests include security protocols, certificate management, cryptographic key distribution, and high assurance design and development practices. Prior to accepting the IETF Chair position, Russ served as the Security Area Director, and prior to that he chaired the Secure MIME (S/MIME) Working Group. Russ was editor for several cornerstone Internet PKI standards (including RFC 3280). In November 2004, Russ was recognized by the IEEE 802.11 working group for his contributions to IEEE 802.11i-2004, which fixes the severe security shortcoming of the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). Russ received his B.S. in computer science from Virginia Tech in 1982, and he received his M.S. in computer science from George Mason University in 1992.

Erik Nordmark, Arista

Erik Nordmark Erik Nordmark works on networking software at Arista based in California, USA. He has been active in the IETF since the early 1990-ies, as key contributor to IPv6 standards,co-chair in Mobile IP and TRILL, and as an Internet Area Director. His interest is in expanding the reach and capability of the core Internet standards to datacenters, virtualization, and towards low-powered devices, by providing architectures and standards that are robust across a large range of scales. Erik holds a Technical Licentiate Degree from Uppsala University and a Master of Science from Stanford University.

Robert Sparks, Oracle

Robert Sparks Robert Sparks is a member of the RFC Series Oversight Committee and the IAOC’s Tools Development and Technology Management Committees. He is a co-chair of the STIR working group, and is a past-chair of the SIMPLE and GEOPRIV working groups. Robert was an Area Director for the Real-time Applications and Infrastructure area from 2009-2013. He is a co-author of the core SIP specification and several of its updates and extensions, and has focused on improving the level of interoperability of SIP implementations by coordinating the SIPit interoperability events. He is also an active open source contributor.Robert is a Senior Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle. Before joining Oracle, he was a Principal Engineer at Tekelec, the VP of Research and Development at Estacado Systems, CTO at Xten Networks (now CounterPath), and has held management and research positions at dynamicsoft, Lucent, Worldcom and Texas A&M University. For over 15 years, Robert has focused on designing and developing real-time IP communications systems.Robert has a BSc in Computer Science and a MSc in Mathematics from Texas A&M University.

Andrew Sullivan, Dyn, Inc - IAB Chair

Andrew Sullivan Andrew Sullivan is Director of DNS Engineering at Dyn, an Infrastructure as a Service company based in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. He has been active in the IETF since 2005, and served as co-chair of the DNSEXT and SPFBIS working groups. His main areas of network specialization are the DNS and internationalization. Andrew holds a BA from the University of Ottawa and an MA from McMaster University, both in philosophy.

Dave Thaler, Microsoft Corporation

Dave Thaler is a Software Architect in the Windows Networking and Devices division at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1998, he was a routing developer at Merit Network. Since then, he has been responsible for multicast, IPv6, network diagnostics, and peer-to-peer efforts within Windows Networking, and also led the TCP/IP team during the design of the new TCP/IP stack in Windows Vista. Dave has been active in the IETF since 1995 and has authored over 20 RFCs, covering IPv6, multicast, MIBs, etc. He is also a member of the MIB Doctors group, and previously served as co-chair of the MALLOC WG. Dave holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.Website:

Brian Trammell, ETH Zurich - IAB Liaison to the IESG

Brian Trammell Brian Trammell is a Senior Researcher at the CSG at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. His primary focus is on network monitoring and measurement, specifically on performance measurement, security monitoring, measurement tools, and privacy issues in measurement and management. Active in the IETF since 2005, he’s co-authored 15 RFCs in the Security and Operations/Management areas, and co-chairs the IP Performance Metrics working group. Prior to his work with CSG, he was Engineering Technical Lead at the CERT Network Situational Awareness group, and a veteran of a variety of short-lived Internet start-ups. He earned a BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 2000.

Suzanne Woolf, independent consultant

Suzanne Woolf Suzanne is an independent consultant specializing in Internet infrastructure operations and policy. Her experience includes carrier network operations, DNS administration and root name server operations, IP address and DNS policy, infrastructure protocol development and implementation, and open source software engineering management in related areas. Her long-term background in technology and policy with the USC Information Sciences Institute, Internet Systems Consortium, ICANN, and current consulting clients have left her fascinated with the problems of technology at Internet scale, committed to building more open Internet, and warily interested in internet governance. Her primary technical interests include DNS and other naming systems, basic access and connectivity issues such as IPv4-IPv6 co-existence and the transition to IPv6, and supporting the growth of open systems in an increasingly compartmentalized and fragmented network.

Liaison and Ex-Officio Members

Alia Atlas, Juniper – Liaison from the IESG

Alissa Cooper Alia K. Atlas has 15 years of experience in the routing area. She started with research at BBN, built and designed routers at Avici Systems, worked on data-center fabrics and management at Google, did network modeling and planning at British Telecom, and works on routing architecture and technologies at Juniper Networks. In the IETF, she was the co-chair of the RTGWG and I2RS working groups. She is an author of RFC 4090, RFC 5286, RFC 5440, RFC 5443, and RFC 5837. Knowing that “bad things happen to good networks”, she has a technical interest in resiliency and fast-reroute in routing. Alia has a PhD in Computer Science from Boston University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT. Alia works in the Routing Architecture and Technology group at Juniper Networks.

Lars Eggert, NetApp – IRTF Chair, Ex-Officio

Lars Eggert Lars Eggert is Technical Director for Networking in NetApp’s Advanced Technology Group, based in Munich, Germany. In addition, Lars is an Adjunct Professor at Aalto University, Finland’s premier technical university. He pursues his scientific research interests in diverse areas of Internet technology, including architecture, end-to-end protocols, virtualization, measurements and resource scheduling, through collaborative research projects with leading universities and research labs, in part supported by DARPA, the NSF or the EU.Lars has also been leading the standardization efforts of many related topics as a steering group member of the IETF, and he currently chairs the IRTF, the IETF’s research arm. He is a senior member of the ACM and the IEEE, and serves on the program and organization committees of many academic conferences and workshops, such as ACM SIGCOMM and IEEE Infocom.Lars received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2003. Before joining NetApp in 2011, he was a Principal Scientist at Nokia Research Center in Helsinki, Finland and one of Nokia’s most senior technology experts, serving on the corporation’s CTO Technology Council. Before that, he was a senior researcher at NEC Laboratories.

Heather Flanagan, RFC Series Editor – Liaison from the RFC Editor, RSE

Mat Ford, ISOC – Liason from ISOC

Cindy Morgan, AMS – IAB Executive Administrative Manager

Emailing the IAB

You can contact the IAB at the address Individual IAB members can be reached at the email addresses linked from their names above.