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Joe Doupnik
Birthday: 22 July
Oxford, UK
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Joe Doupnik is currently based within Computer Services of the University of Oxford in England where he works on research and development issues concerned with Novell Operating Systems and associated software. Much of his time is spent assisting Novell with their beta testing programs in the Open Enterprise Server and SLES environments and more direct work with teams on problems of mutual interest. He is also part of MindworksUK, a company which specializes in technical education and events related primarily to Novells products.

Prior to moving to Oxford Joe was Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Utah State University. He taught undergraduate systems and networking courses, amongst other subjects, and detailed networking and operating system internals at the graduate level.

Prof Doupnik has been involved with computer networking and communications for over twenty years. A few note he helped design the NASA Science Internet when networking was new. He has managed computer systems large and small for three decades and has used them since the venerable IBM 650.

His primary areas of expertise in IT are networking, operating systems, applications related to them, protocols, even device drivers. A theme running through them is making the apparatus work for us, and making it work better than before. For some years he has done extensive beta testing of major products with Novell and others, and works behind the scenes with organisations on techniques. He is one of the three founding members of the Novell Technology Transfer Partners (TTP) organization which for nearly 25 years couples selected academic sites with Novell engineers on technology issues.

He has used Unix since the mid-70's and has an original AT&T source code license. He has made many contributions to open source software as well as closed projects. Some recall him as the author of the best known open source MS-DOS Kermit communications program, which today is running on the International Space Station.

In public he gives varied courses on networking related material, operating systems internals, and even a course on writing Linux device drivers. He supports managers through listserver and similar mechanisms, and he does consulting. A decade of developing and managing a large student open computer lab has taught him a lot about human factors and systems behavior, and it persists to this day with his daily interaction with many systems managers around the world.

His technical training is in Electrical Engineering and Space Physics, with MSc and PhD from Penn State University funded mostly by NASA. He has worked in the field of ionospheric physics for many years and has a long list of publications and activities in that area. Today he, like many, is exploiting computer systems to do interesting things for people.

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