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MONTEREY CHAPTER CHAPTER - Sep 22, 2017

Internet Founding Father Praises AFCEA Award Winner

Research performed by a recent graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) not only earned one of the chapter's top academic honors but caught the attention of Vinton Cerf, who is widely known as a father of the Internet. Capt. Julian D'Orsaneo, USMC, earned the 137th AFCEA John McReynolds Wozencraft Electrical and Computer Engineering Academic Honor Award, which recognizes a master's student in electrical and computer engineering who shows the greatest promise through his or her thesis work. The captain was honored at the NPS September commencement ceremony. Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, reviewed D'Orsaneo's thesis. The Internet pioneer "provided the young captain with words of encouragement that he was indeed on the right track for continuing research in detecting cyber attacks in a software-defined network," said Chapter President Lawrence Reeves. In a congratulatory letter to D'Orsaneo, Cerf wrote: "I am most impressed by your innovative use of wavelet-based anomaly detection in software-defined networks. This architecture is the next step in the evolution of the implementation of the Internet that Robert Kahn and I initiated and have worked on for so many years. Your thesis work contributes greatly to that objective, and I hope your future work and career will reflect the values that Jack Wozencraft held dear and inspired in others." D'Orsaneo said he was honored and surprised by the recognition from Cerf. "I can't tell you how much that means to me," he said. Cerf, who holds a Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. A native of Elverson, Pennsylvania, D'Orsaneo will be reporting to the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Virginia. The chapter's Wozencraft award is named for Jack Wozencraft, Ph.D., who was dean of research at the NPS from 1972 to 1974. He co-authored with Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs the MIT textbook "Principles of Communications Engineering," which remains in use today.

Event Photographs:

Joining the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) commencement speaker for the summer quarter, Adm. Bill Moran, USN, vice chief of naval operations (3rd from l), are (l-r) Cmdr. Thor Martinsen, Ph.D.; Chapter President Lawrence Reeves; John McEachen, NPS professor; Capt. Julian D'Orsaneo, USMC; Douglas Fouts, NPS professor; Rachel D'Orsaneo; Robert Ashton, NPS professor; Vice Adm. Ronald Route, USN (Ret.), NPS president; Herschel Loomis, NPS professor; and NPS Provost Steven Lerman. Adm. Moran spoke at September ceremony.
Joining the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) commencement speaker for the summer quarter, Adm. Bill Moran, USN, vice chief of naval operations (3rd from l), are (l-r) Cmdr. Thor Martinsen, Ph.D.; Chapter President Lawrence Reeves; John McEachen, NPS professor; Capt. Julian D'Orsaneo, USMC; Douglas Fouts, NPS professor; Rachel D'Orsaneo; Robert Ashton, NPS professor; Vice Adm. Ronald Route, USN (Ret.), NPS president; Herschel Loomis, NPS professor; and NPS Provost Steven Lerman. Adm. Moran spoke at September ceremony.
Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf, who reviewed the Wozencraft award winner's thesis, says he was most impressed by the
Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf, who reviewed the Wozencraft award winner's thesis, says he was most impressed by the "innovative use of wavelet-based anomaly detection in software-defined networks."

For more details regarding this event contact:
Ali Cybulski for Lawrence Reeves
571-296-9703

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