is Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science
and Public Policy in the School of Computer Science
at Carnegie Mellon University holding secondary appointments
in the Heinz College and the Engineering
Public Policy Group.
He recently (2003) retired as the Alfred Fitler Moore
Professor of Telecommunication Systems at the University
of Pennsylvania where he he held appointments as Professor
of Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School
of Business and as a Faculty Associate of the Annenberg
School of Communications.
In January 17, 2000, he was appointed to be Chief Technologist
at the US Federal Communications Commission while on
leave from UPenn for one year ending in early June 2001.
While at UPenn, he co-directed The Penn Initiative on
Markets, Technology and Policy. He was also Director
of the Distributed Systems Laboratory - DSL where he
managed leading edge research in Ultra High Speed Networking.
Research papers of the DSL are available in its electronic
His early academic research work was focused at creating
the worlds first operational Distributed Computer System
-- DCS while at the ICS Department at the University
of California at Irvine. After that, while with the
Electrical Engineering Department of the University
of Delaware, he helped conceive and organize CSNet,
NSFNet and the NREN.
He graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology
in 1956 and then started a eleven year career at Bell
Laboratories where he helped design the first electronic
switching system - the ESS as well as co-designer of
the programming language SNOBOL. He then went west to
The Rand Corporation and to Scientific Data Systems
prior to joining academia. At both Bell Labs and Rand,
he had the privilege, at a young age, of working with
and learning from giants in our field.
In 1999, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor
of Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology
where he also serves as a Trustee of the Institute.
Prior to his appointment to the FCC, he served on the
US Presidential Advisory Board on Information Technology
and currently is a Member of the FCC's Technological
Advisory Council. This year he was appointed to the
Advisory Council or the CISE Directorate of the National
Prof. Farber is a Trustee of the Electronic Frontier
Foundation -- the EFF. He is a Visiting Professor of
the Center for Global Communications of Japan -- Glocom
of the International University of Japan, a Member of
the Advisory Board at the National Institute of Informatics
of Japan and a Member of the Advisory Boards of both
the Center for Democracy and Technology and EPIC.
He is a Fellow of both the ACM and the IEEE and was
the recipient of the 1995 ACM Sigcomm Award for life
long contributions to the computer communications field.
He was awarded in 1997 the prestigious John Scott Award
for Contributions to Humanity.
He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet
Society as well as having serving 10 years on the National
Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications
Board -- CSTB.
He was named in the 1997 edition of the UPSIDE's Elite
100, as one of the Visionaries of the field and was
named in the 1999 Network World as one of the 25 most
powerful people in Networking. In 2002 he was named
by Business Week as one of the top 25 leaders in E-Commerce.
His industrial experiences are extensive, just as he
entered the academic world; he co-founded Caine, Farber
& Gordon Inc. (CFG Inc.) which became one of the
leading suppliers of software design methodology. His
consulting activities include Intel, the RAND Corp among
others. He is also on a number of industrial advisory
and management boards, major among these are NTT DoCoMo,
Boingo, Rainmaker and E-tenna.