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EECS 500 Fall 2011 Seminar

Presenter: 
Lev Gonick
Title: 
Connected Communities
Affiliation: 
CWRU
Location: 
White Building Room 411
Time: 
11:30am-12:30pm
Date: 
11/01/2011
Biography: 

 Lev Gonick has been teaching, working, and living on the Net since 1987.

 Lev Gonick is vice president for information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also the founder and now Board Chair Emeritus of OneCleveland now known as OneCommunity, the award winning project to create a connected community throughout Northeast Ohio through ultra broadband wired and wireless network connectivity. In 2010 Gonick and his colleagues at Case Western Reserve launched the nation's first gigabit fiber to the home research program called the Case Connection Zone.

In 2011 Government Technology awarded Lev one of their "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation." In the same year Crain's Business Cleveland named Gonick one its "10 Difference Makers" in Northeast Ohio and Broadband Properties honored him with their Cornerstone Award for "using fiber to build an inclusive society and empower individuals." In 2010 he received recognition as "Visionary of the Year" from NATOA. In 2006, Lev was recognized by ComputerWorld as a Premier 100 IT leader and honored in the same year by CIO magazine with a CIO 100 Award. In 2007, he and Case Western Reserve were recognized with a ComputerWorld Laureate for leveraging technology to address community priorities.

Lev currently serves on the Boards of Moodlerooms and Monarch Teaching Technologies, (educational software developers for persons with autism). He is also an active member of the Cisco Corporation Higher Education Executive Exchange. Finally, he serves on numerous community Boards including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland and the Bellefaire JCB for Children.

Lev has served as co-chair of the CIO Executive Council's higher education committee, as president of the board of the New Media Consortium, and on the board of the National LambdaRail (NLR), the nation's next generation advanced networking research effort.