Glenn Ricart

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Dr. Glenn Ricart is an Internet pioneer and entrepreneur with a broad range of technology and business leadership experience in large corporations, startups, academia, the U.S. military, and government research.

He is known for his pioneering work in bringing the ARPAnet protocols into academic and commercial use. In the mid-1980s, while academic CIO at the University of Maryland College Park, his teams created the first implementation of TCP/IP for the IBM PC; created the first campus-wide TCP/IP network, shipped and managed the software that powered the first non-military TCP/IP national network, the NSFnet; created the first open Internet interchange point (the FIX and later MAE-EAST); and proposed and created the first operating NSFnet regional network, SURAnet.

Career History

Dr. Glenn Ricart is currently the Board Member and Secretary at Public Interest Registry [1]. His previous positions have included President and CEO of National LambdaRail, Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers Center for Advanced Research, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of CenterBeam, and Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Novell here he has helped move that company to embrace TCP/IP.


Dr. Ricart has founded or co-founded three start-ups: Consultants in Computer Technology, SURAnet, and CenterBeam. CenterBeam survived the dot-com bust and is still providing directory-based remote IT management services in San José even today.