EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 2, 2002
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Phil Edholm

Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Network Architecture for Optical Ethernet and Enterprise Product Portfolio business units Nortel Networks


Network Transformation: The Impact of Bandwidth on the Carrier Networks




The fundamental changes in the relationship between bandwidth and the complexity of network operations has been transformed by the recent changes in fiber capacity. The potential impact of this on networks and their operation will be discussed and the impact on carriers and enterprises examined.


Phil Edholm is the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Network Architecture for Nortel Networks Optical Ethernet and Enterprise Product Portfolio business units. He is responsible for developing the strategic vision and technology roadmaps associated with Nortel Networks’ solutions for service providers and enterprises. In this role, he has technology leadership for Nortel’s Optical Ethernet portfolio and across Nortel’s enterprise line of data and voice networking products. Within Nortel, Phil has been responsible for multimedia initiatives in campus and enterprise networking, as well as advanced multimedia services. He has developed VoIP technologies and Java based collaboration applications, as well as played a key role in the merger of Northern Telecom and Bay Networks. Phil’s background includes extensive LAN and data communications experience, including 9 years with Sytek/Hughes LAN Systems and 4 years with Silicon Valley start-ups. Phil started his career with General Motors and built and managed the world’s largest in-plant manufacturing network in 1979-1982. Phil was a member of the IEEE 802.3 standards committee during the definition of broadband Ethernet, developed the first multi- protocol network interfaces, and was a founder of and the first VP of Marketing for the Frame Relay Forum. Phil has 2 patents with over 10 patent applications pending. He holds a BSME/EE from GMI/Kettering University.