Since 1998, Tim Lance has served as President of NYSERNet, the New York State Education and Research Network. During his tenure, NYSERNet deployed many generations of research backbones, the first of which played a crucial role in the rapid restoration of commodity Internet service in the hours and days after 9/11. Under his leadership NYSERNet moved from dependence on carrier circuits to control of transport, beginning with a still expanding fiber deployment in NYC and then a statewide DWDM optical infrastructure. NYSERNet created a carrier-neutral collocation facility at 32 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, home of MANLAN, nodes for Internet2, ESNET, NOAA, NORDUnet and peering point for CANARIE, GEANT, SURFNET, and many other international networks. Seven years ago NYSERNet created a business continuity center in Syracuse where institutions house critical IT equipment that can function in lieu of primary equipment on campus. Rapidly growing demand for continuity and newly conceived services has driven a doubling of that facility this year.
Dr. Lance brought his research experience in mathematics and collaborations with the life sciences, chemistry, and physics to interactions with the NYSERNet R&E community. NYSERNet members and researchers at IBM, GE, Corning and other corporate research facilities in New York have explored collaboration and cooperation on problems like energy, environment, and health care. In 2008 Dr. Lance and NYSERNet hosted a discussion at the New York Academy of Sciences to try to understand how such work that crosses disciplines, institutions, and sectors can be accomplished. One (of many) outcome was creation of the High Performance Computing Consortium (https://hpc2.org/). Those efforts continue in an expanded way with the recently formed Research Advisory Councils with members from wide ranging institutions and disciplines across the state. Even as the Council learns how to sustain this kind of discourse they have provided valuable direction shaping insight to the NYSERNet community and to external bodies such as the House Science Committee.