06.30.2010 12:10 PM
FCC Chairman Genachowski Appoints Chief Technologist
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Federal
Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced that
Douglas C. Sicker is the agency’s new chief technologist. Dr. Sicker will work
in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis and will advise the agency
on technological issues.
“I am delighted that Dr. Sicker is returning to provide the FCC with his broad
and deep knowledge about the communications networks and technologies of today
and tomorrow,” Genachowski said. “His technical expertise will help the FCC
pursue policies that spur investment, create jobs, promote innovation, and
advance our nation’s global technology leadership.”
Dr. Sicker currently is associate professor in the Department of Computer
Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a joint appointment in
the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. He recently served on the Omnibus
Broadband Initiative working on matters related to research and development.
He was previously director of Global Architecture at Level 3 Communications,
and before that, chief of the FCC’s Network Technology Division. He is a senior
member of the IEEE, as well as a member of the ACM and the Internet Society.
He has chaired and served on the program committees of numerous technical
conferences including IEEE, DySPAN, ISART and TPRC.
After leaving the FCC, he was the chair of the Network Reliability and
Interoperability Council steering committee, an FCC federal advisory group that
focuses on network reliability. Dr. Sicker also served on the Technical
Advisory Council of the FCC. His research interests include network and
wireless systems, network security, and telecommunications policy. Dr. Sicker
has research funded through the NSF, DARPA, the Internet Society and the
Federal Aviation Administration. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of