CIARA FIU (United States)
As the Assistant Vice President for Technology Augmented Research at FIU, Dr. Julio E. Ibarra is responsible for furthering the mission of the Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) – to contribute to the pace and the quality of research at FIU through the application of advanced Cyberinfrastructure. He is responsible for strategic planning and development of advanced research networking services, including the development and management of the AMPATH International Exchange Point for Research and Education networks. He is the Principal Investigator of the Americas Lightpaths (AmLight), an NSF-OCI International Research Networks Connection funded project (#OCI-0963053), which involves planning and implementation of high-performance international network connections to enhance U.S. e-science initiatives in Latin America. He has been PI and Co-PI on several other NSF grants to broaden participation in science and engineering research and education through the application of Information and Communications Technology.
Dr. Ibarra has been active in initiatives to advance networking and Internet technologies for the State of Florida. He is a board member of the Florida Lambda Rail, LLC – Florida’s research and education network initiative. He served on the Governor’s IT Florida Task Force subcommittee on Infrastructure and Technology Development, as a subject matter expert. He is co-author of the policy recommendation for the development of a Network Access Point (NAP) in South Florida to enhance the State’s e-Commerce opportunities with Latin America.