The Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center, a center within the Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies, was established in June 2004 as an integral part of the research agenda at Texas A&M University.



WaltDr. Walt Magnussen, Director TAMU Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center

Dr. Magnussen has been the director since it’s inception in 2004.  In this time he has received funding from Department of Homeland Security,  Department of Transportation,  Department of Justice, NIST, State of Texas and industry.  He currently serves on two committees for the DHS Safecom Advisory Panel, has served on several FCC Committees and task forces,  has served on APCO and NENA Committees and task forces and  has testified before the United States House of Representatives on NG 9-1-1 funding.  He is also currently serving as an advisor to the CBRS alliance and several public safety firms.


Michael Fox, Senior Associate Director

Michael Fox is senior associate director of Texas A&M University’s Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC), where he directs operations for the center’s research portfolio.  Mr. Fox has worked in telecommunications and Internet engineering since 1984, when, at LSU, he helped build one of the largest PBX systems in the country in response to the break-up of the Bell System, and he supported one of the first sites of the new NSFnet, which would later form the foundation of the Internet as we know it today.  Mr Fox held various executive positions at Wellfleet and Bay Networks as well as Nortel Networks, where he served as VP of Woldwide Systems Engineering, designing and supporting some of the largest networks in the world.  He later served as VP of Consulting Engineering and Business development at metro-Ethernet start-up Atrica (bought by Nokia), and VP of Services and Operations at virtual networking start-up Vyatta (bought by Brocade).  Prior to joining the ITEC Mr. Fox transitioned into VHF/UHF and microwave networks and designed, built and supported a countywide emergency communications network linking EOCs, hospitals and other key sites.

Joan Quintana, Associate Director

Joan Quintana directs the administration and communications for the center’s research portfolio. Ms. Quintana has worked in telecommunications and technology research since 1997 when she served as project administrator for the Advanced Law Enforcement and Response Technology (ALERT) program sponsored by Departments of Transportation and Justice. Joan later served as program manager for the Disaster Relief, Emergency and Medical Services (DREAMS) program sponsored by the US Army Materiel Command, among others. She has served the Texas Transportation Institute, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Texas Department of Transportation, and Texas A&M University Engineering throughout her career, working across engineering, technology transfer and economic development research, communications, and education.

Derek Ladd, IT Manager II

Managing and building out the LTE 4G architecture in our test Lab along with planning for future 5G CBRS environment at Internet2 Technologies Evaluation Center (ITEC) and Rellis.  Some of my roles include managing and maintaining local and remote virtual hosts, AWS cloud environments, network architecture, Windows & Linux servers, NAS, vetting and deploying 3rd party partner vendor images for evaluation, and train and manage our student workers for the ITEC to do the same.  We test user end to admin side of developing applications for public safety use including PTT, Chat, SIP, geospatial location tracking applications etc.  I am CJIS certified and always working to be conscious of security best practices and applying them to our test environment to comply with most government standards.   Directly involved with the strategic planning and execution of public safety exercises such as the Winter Institute to demonstrate the lab’s capability and showcase new technology applications and hardware that support first responders and their training.

Patrick Newman, Systems Administrator II

Patrick joined the ITEC team in November 2021 after 30+ years of serving in various levels and functions of IT in software solutions, manufacturing, distribution, and financial industries. At a very early age, Patrick got his start in the IT sector cabling IBM mainframe and midrange systems for his father.  When an opportunity was presented to become an IBM-trained midrange software developer, Patrick began his true journey through the technology world.  Throughout his career, he has been involved in the design, deployment, and maintenance of software, telecom, network, and systems. Patrick also proudly served in the United States Navy as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Technician, and continues to serve his community as a member of Lions Club International and other community outreach organizations.

ITEC Advisory Committee

Dr. Pierce Cantrell, Texas A&M UniversityDr. Cantrell

Pierce Cantrell received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., all in electrical engineering, from the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1976-1981 he served on active military duty with the Computer Networking Support Branch in the intelligence division at the NORAD/Cheyenne Mountain complex. Cantrell came to Texas A&M in 1982, where he is an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Texas A&M from March 1998 to June 2014. Cantrell’s research is in the general area of computer networking.

Johnathan Cree, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Johnathan Cree, Ph.D. is the Advanced Wireless Communication Principle Investigator at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  Dr. Cree is a computer scientist with over 15 years of experience working in wireless communications, Internet of Things and mobile telecommunications.  His work has supported a broad range of sponsors across multiple agencies including work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Department of Energy performing research, developing and deploying systems into the field.

Todd Early, Texas Department of Public Safety

Todd Early is the Deputy Assistant Director of the Public Safety Communications Service for the Texas Department of Public Safety.  He has oversight of 26 communications facilities, 10 wireless communications radio shops and the State’s mobile emergency communications program.

Todd is the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and the Texas Single Point of Contact for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).  He is the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Council (PSAC) member representing the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) and is the Chair of the FirstNet PSAC Early Builders Working Group.

Joe Fournier, Wireless Portfolio Manager, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa, Canada

Joe Fournier has 30 years of experience in the wireless domain working on product, system and network level research & development. He is currently with the Federal Government’s Centre for Security Science (CSS) in Ottawa, Canada responsible for the Wireless Technology portfolio. Prior to this, he led the wireless network design group at the Communications Research Centre (CRC) at Innovation Science and Economic Development. Before joining the federal government, Joe held senior management positions at a number of Industry organizations including Intelcan, Newbridge Networks and Alcatel Networks. While at Alcatel, Joe was Associate Vice President of Broadband Wireless. Over his career, he has travelled to and been involved with many turnkey wireless network designs and implementations in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Dr. GoulartDr. Ana Goulart, Texas A&M University

Ana Elisa Goulart received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Federal School of Engineering of Itajuba (EFEI) in Brazil. She received a M.S. degree in Information Systems Management from the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas in 1997. Goulart moved to the United States in 1997 where she earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University followed by a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Electronics Systems Engineering Technology program at Texas A&M. Her research interests include protocols for real-time voice and video communications and their performance, IP-based emergency communications, last-mile communication links for the SmartGrid, wireless network systems, and rural telecommunications.

Dr. Guofei Gu, Texas A&M University

Dr. Guofei Gu is a professor and holder of the Eppright Professorship in Engineering in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Before coming to Texas A&M, he received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests are in network and systems security, such as malware and APT defense, software-defined programmable security (e.g., SDN/NFV), mobile and IoT security, and intrusion/anomaly detection. Dr. Gu has served on the program committees of top-tier security conferences such as IEEE S&P, ACM CCS, USENIX Security, and NDSS, among many others. He is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Distinguished Member, an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (T-IFS) and the Steering Committee co-chair for International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm). He recently co-chaired the 2018 NSF Workshop on Programmable System Security in a Software Defined World. 

Professor Michael B. Hall, Davidson Professor of Science, Director of the Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies

Professor Hall is a leading authority in computational chemistry and the application of computer technology to problems that range from materials science to protein folding.  Professor Hall’s research career is reflected in over 395 peer-reviewed publications in major journals, continuous research grants from both the National Science Foundation and The Welch Foundation for over 45 years, and training 33 postdoctoral associates and 38 graduate students.  Professor Hall was born and raised in Pennsylvania and obtained his B. S. degree in Chemistry from Juniata College.  Following his Ph. D. work with Richard Fenske at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he was awarded an AEI postdoctoral fellowship in theoretical chemistry at the University of Manchester, England, where he studied with Ian Hillier. At Texas A&M University since 1975, he served as Head of the Department from 1986 to 1994, and as Executive Associate Dean in the College of Science from 1997 to 2017.  In 1997 he founded the Laboratory of Molecular Simulation and was Director until 2020 when it moved to become a unit in TAMU’s High-Performance Research Computing Facility.  He was named Davidson Professor of Science in 2004 and Director of the Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies in 2017.

Dr. Eman Hammad, Texas A&M University

Dr. Eman Hammad is a cybersecurity professional & interdisciplinary professional focusing on trustworthy & resilient complex systems and emerging technologies. She obtained her PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. Eman is currently an assistant professor of cybersecurity at the TAMUS RELLIS campus, where she is the founder and director of the innovations in Systems Trust & Resilience (iSTAR) lab. She is currently serving as the IEEE Future Networks Security Working Group Co-Chair and is a member of the IEEE NAB. Eman combines practical experience and theoretical research to shape her vision for resilient-by-design solutions in the connected world. 

Eman’s work has been published in more than 50 papers, and was recognized with merit awards (best paper award, best poster award) and has been featured on multiple outlets. Most recently, she was honored as one of Canada’s Top 20 Women in Cybersecurity. She delivered numerous invited talks in academic and industrial conferences, chaired and co-chaired several conferences and workshops, and participated in several panels. She serves on the advisory board of several initiatives. Eman is an active advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM and Cybersecurity. Her service has been recognized by IEEE exceptional, chapter achievement, and exemplary service awards

Kelli Merriweather, State of TX Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC)

Kelli Merriweather is the Executive Director of the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC).  The mission of the CSEC is to preserve and enhance public safety and health in Texas through reliable access to emergency communications services.

Kelli was appointed to the position in November 2011 and has been with the agency for 21 years, most recently as the Director of Programs responsible for the 9-1-1 and Poison Control Programs.  As Executive Director, her goals are to maintain and enhance high quality emergency communication through transparent and inclusive collaboration with the Regional Planning Commissions, other Texas 9-1-1 Entities, the Regional Poison Control Centers, and all other agency stakeholders.   Kelli is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has completed several executive management programs through the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  She is a member of the National Emergency Number Association and the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators, and serves on the Texas A&M University Internet Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC) Advisory Committee, the Texas Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) Advisory Board, and the Texas Parent to Parent Board of Directors.

Dr. Jason Moats, TEEX Testing & Innovation Center

Jason Moats, Ph.D. is the Director for the TEEX Testing and Innovation Center (TT&IC). In this position, Dr. Moats oversees technical services to assist and guide technology developers as they develop and refine technologies for the public safety, workplace safety, and homeland security ecosystems. The TT&IC also collaborates with researchers and scientists to develop technical solutions for the unique challenges of these same ecosystems by managing, coordinating, and consulting on research, training and education efforts, and technology transfer projects. Dr. Moats’ research interests include disaster response and management, technology transfer, technology adoption, human resource development, and the development of expertise in the future workforce.

He has nearly three decades of experience in emergency services. He has served as a firefighter an Emergency Medical Technician, and an emergency manager. He is a veteran of the United States Navy where he serves as a hospital corpsman aboard land and sea commands. In 2000, Moats served as an emergency manager for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management where he managed the state’s hazardous materials training program and built partnerships between response agencies throughout Kentucky. He was been decorated for valor on two occasions while serving as a firefighter/EMT in Florida and is a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has been with TEEX since 2002.

Dr. Robin Murphy, Texas A&M University

Robin Roberson Murphy received a B.M.E. in mechanical engineering, a M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science in 1980, 1989, and 1992, respectively, from Georgia Tech, where she was a Rockwell International Doctoral Fellow. She is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M, directs the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue and is an IEEE Fellow. Her research interests are artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, and heterogeneous teams of robots and she has over 100 publications including the best selling textbook, Introduction to AI Robotics (MIT Press 2000). She is a founder of the fields of rescue robots and human-robot interaction. In 2008, she was awarded the Al Aube Outstanding Contributor award by the AUVSI Foundation, for her insertion of ground, air, and sea robots for urban search and rescue at eleven disasters, including the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster and Hurricanes Katrina and Charley.

Jeff Newbold, Texas Division of Emergency Management

Jeff Newbold is the Chief Technology Officer for TDEM (Texas Divison of Emergency Management), overseeing the technology of the agency, enterprise architecture and leading Operations Technology efforts for deployment and solutions including Geospatial Information, Critical Information Systems Management, Communications, and traditional Information Technology direction and support. Prior to this role, he served as the State Coordinator for Critical Information Systems for the Texas Division of Emergency Management. He has supported as a part of Response and Recovery all incidents at the state level since joining TDEM in 2013 and before that all incidents since 2005 as a part of the Alamo Regional Command Center in San Antonio. He is a Certified Emergency Manager© and COML.

reddynewDr. Narasimha Reddy, Texas A&M University

Narasimha Reddy received a BTE in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India in August 1985, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 1987 and August 1990 respectively. Reddy is currently a J.W. Runyon Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M. Reddy’s research interests are in Computer Networks, Storage Systems, Multimedia systems, and Computer Architecture. Reddy is a Fellow of IEEE Computer Societyand is a member of ACM.

Dr. Srinivas Shakkottai, Texas A&M University

Dr. Srinivas Shakkottai is a Professor of Computer Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (by courtesy) at Texas A&M University.  Srinivas received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, after which he was a postdoctoral scholar in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University until 2008.  

His research interests include wireless networks, caching and content distribution, multi-agent learning and game theory, and reinforcement learning. He is also interested in systems design and networked application development, particularly on the wireless side.  He co-directs the Learning and Emerging Networked Systems (LENS) Laboratory at Texas A&M University.

Srinivas serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking.  He is the recipient of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Young Investigator Award (2009) and the NSF Career Award (2012), as well as research awards from Cisco (2008) and Google (2010). He also received an Outstanding Professor Award (2013), the Select Young Faculty Fellowship (2014), and the Engineering Genesis Award (2019) at Texas A&M University.  

Dale Shumaker, Texas State Wireless Association (TSWA)

Dale Shumaker, PE, is Vice President of Business Development at Enertech Resources, LLC.  Dale has over twenty years of experience in wireless site development and another three years in environmental investigation and remediation. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in 22 states. He has served as a Principal and Vice President coordinating the procurement and staffing of large and complex projects.  Customers include federal, state, and local governments and private wireless carriers.  Dale is a recognized expert within the wireless site development community and has authored a number of papers and presentations. Dale serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas State Wireless Association (TXWA), is the Southwest Ambassador for the NATE WIN Program, and is a Past-President of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers – Travis Chapter.

Dr. Alex Sprintson, Texas A&M University, on assignment with National Science Foundation

Alex Sprintson is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the California Institute of Technology from 2003-2005. His research interests lie in the general area of communication networks with a focus on network coding, network survivability and robustness and support for Quality of Service (QoS).

Dr. Radu Stoleru, Texas A&M University

Dr. Stoleru is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His current research interests include edge/fog computing, cyber physical systems (CPS), Internet-of-Things (IoT), distributed systems, and wireless networking. He is the recepient of the NSF CAREER, a Fullbright Scholar, and several other awards. Dr. Stoleru received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Virginia. He has authored or co-authored over 90 conference and journal papers with over 4,700 citations (Google Scholar). He is currently serving as an editorial board member for 3 international journals and has served as technical program committee member on numerous international conferences.

Jared VandenHeuvel, Program Coordinator, Texas Department of Public Safety’s Infrastructure Operations Division

Jared VandenHeuvel is a Program Coordinator for the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Infrastructure Operations Division. He manages the Public Safety Solutions Center, which consists of enterprise mobility management, emerging technology research, and the Texas Public Safety Broadband Program. In this role, he helps develop agency policy and strategy for the use of mobile broadband devices and applications. Jared participates in a number of public safety working groups dealing with FirstNet, communications interoperability, information sharing, and identity management. In his previous roles at DPS, Jared has worked as an intelligence analyst, and as a coordinator for technology projects such as air-to-ground video downlink, border sensor networks, and video analysis software. Jared is an Army veteran and holds a BA degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and a MS degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.

Jared Reinhardt, Chief of Emergency Communications, Texas Military Department

Jared Reinhardt is a decorated veteran that serves the Texas Military Department (TMD) as the Chief of Emergency Communications. He is charged with providing interoperable technical solutions for Command and Control of Texas Military Forces to the Governor, the Adjutant General, and State Partners during emergencies. He is a DoD Certified Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) Specialist, Space Operations Officer, Signal Officer, and Intelligence Analyst. His training and education includes Signal Captain’s Career Course; Army Basic Space Cadre School; Joint Task Force Staff Training; ICS 300/400/COM-L; Network +; Security +; Comptrollers Accreditation and Fiscal Law Course; Systems Planning, Engineering and Evaluation Device Training; Signal Basic Officer Leadership Course; All Source Intelligence Analyst Advanced Individual Training; and a Political Science, BA. A few of his notable awards include the Army Space Badge; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; and the Texas Humanitarian Service Ribbon.

Michael Tessler, Managing Partner at True North Advisory

Michael is a proven business leader and technology pioneer. As former CEO of BroadSoft, Michael led the company from its early beginnings to its successful exit to Cisco in 2018. Along with his co-founder, they led the creation of a new industry, moving enterprise communications to the cloud. Michael scaled the organization to 2,000 employees and served customers in over 80 countries. Michael created a very close relationship with the company’s global service provider partners, allowing the company to become the clear market leader in the hosted unified communication category.

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