Conference Keynote Speakers

Monday March 11: Larry Smarr • Director, Calit2

The first Keynote Speaker for the CENIC 2013 Annual Conference, Building Blocks for Next Gen Networks is founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) Larry Smarr. Dr. Smarr will be speaking on Monday, March 11.

As well as being the founding Director of Calit2, a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, Dr. Smarr also holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2006 he received the IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award for his lifetime achievements in distributed computing systems. He serves on the NASA Advisory Council to the NASA Administrator, the DOE ESnet Policy Board, and chairs the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure. For eight years he was a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, serving 3 directors. He served as PI of the NSF OptIPuter project and for the last 7 years he has been the PI of the Moore Foundation CAMERA global microbial metagenomics computational repository.

His personal interests include growing orchids, snorkeling coral reefs, and quantifying the state of his body. You can follow him on his life-streaming portal at


Tuesday March 12: David McGowan • Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Markets, University of San Diego

The second Keynote Speaker for the CENIC 2013 Annual Conference, Building Blocks for Next Gen Networks is Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Markets David McGowan of the University of San Diego. Dr. McGowan will be speaking on Tuesday, March 12.

Professor McGowan teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property (IP), antitrust and legal ethics. His research addresses topics such as antitrust policy in software markets, the implications of network effects for IP policy, legal problems associated with standard-setting organizations, open-source software development, and the elements of judgment students must acquire to develop judgment about practicing law.

McGowan was associate editor of the California Law Review and a member of the national moot court team at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include “Big But Brittle: Economic Perspectives of the Law Firm in the New Economy” in 2011 Columbia Business Law Journal 1 (with Lemley) (2011); “Some Realism about the Free Speech Critique of Copyright” in 74 Fordham Law Review 101 (2005); “Copyright Nonconsequentialism” in 69 Missouri Law Review 1 (2004); and “Legal Implications of Network Economic Effects” in 86 California Law Review 479 (1998).

Wednesday March 13: Greg Bell • Director, ESnet • Division Director for Scientific Networking, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The third Keynote Speaker for the CENIC 2013 Annual Conference, Building Blocks for Next Gen Networks is Director of ESnet Greg Bell. Dr. Bell will be speaking on Wednesday, March 13.

Before joining ESnet, he worked in Berkeley Lab’s IT Division as Chief Technology Architect, reporting to the CIO. Bell’s professional interests include advanced networking, collaborative tools, sustainable IT, cloud services, high-performance computing, and security models for open science. Prior to his work for the IT Division, Bell served as a network engineer for Berkeley Lab’s LBLnet Services Group. Before coming to Berkeley Lab, Bell managed a non-profit agency serving political refugees and served as an analyst for Amnesty International. Dr. Bell has a Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley and an A.B. in English from Harvard College.