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JRP Reflecting

Reflection – written February 12 , 1997

Occasionally I get an invitation to speak about the Future of the Internet at a university. In the summer of 1996 I visited Lehigh University (my alma mater) and spoke at a combined session of the ACM and IEEE membership. This was a technical audience. I asked how many were writing Java programs and all the hands went up. Later in the year I went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the invitation of Professor Ron LaPorte of the University of Pittsburgh to visit the College of Epidemiology . Ron is leading some terrific work called the Global Health Network . I got the chance to meet some wonderful and creative people who are collaborating to improve the health of the world. While I was in town I took the opportunity to visit Transarc , a great technology company owned by IBM. In February 1997 I visited at The JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. A group of 100+ faculty and students heard my views about the Internet but more importantly stimulated my thinking through an extended Q&A session. I told them they were the most fortunate graduating class in many years because they are about to enter a networked world of e-business and they could be the entrepreneurs who would help create it.

Universities where I have given lectures or participated on panels

  • Harvard University
  • Lehigh University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern University
  • Temple University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh