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Computer network and networks security pioneer to speak at NMSU

Radia Perlman, distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, will present a public lecture, "10 Things I Learned About Computer Networks and Life," at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in New Mexico State University's Thomas and Brown Hall, Room 104.

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Perlman will provide an overview of her work and career, and the impact her work has had on the way networks work today.

Radia Perlman

The lecture is part of a three-day series of seminars, lectures and meetings Oct. 23-25 hosted by the NSF-ADVANCE Program and sponsored by the Department of Computer Science. Perlman will present a research seminar, "Data: How to Make It Be There When You Want It and Go Away When You Want It Gone," at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in Science Hall, Room 107.

Perlman's work in routing protocols has had a profound impact on the Internet. Her spanning tree algorithm is used by all bridges and switches, and her contributions to routing protocols make the routing protocols in the Internet today scalable and robust.

She also launched "tangible computing" in the early 1970s. This process involved making the concepts of programming comprehensible (even to preschool children). She is the author of "Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols" and co-author of "Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World," both textbooks used in many universities and popular as reference books for engineers. She has a Ph.D. from MIT.

The ADVANCE Visiting Professors Program seeks to bring about increased interaction between nationally recognized female scholars and students of all ages. During her visit, Perlman will meet with students and faculty to discuss her career and research.

For more information on these and other events scheduled for Perlman's visit, contact NMSU's ADVANCE Program Office at (505) 646-2583.