Aaron Falk is an Engineering Manager at Akamai Technologies, where he leads the Metadata Applications Services Team responsible for safe use of the configuration systems which administer Akamai’s global network of over 200,000 servers. Aaron has worked on diverse networking systems including content distribution networks, environmental sensors, software-defined testbeds for future Internet architectures, and satellite networks for broadband streaming, Internet access, and protected communications. Sometimes this required diving into strategic technologies such as caching, space-based packet switches, and high performance transport protocols. Often it required “cat herding” of researchers & engineers such as when launching, as engineering architect, the NSF-funded GENI project, or when leading four IETF working groups, chairing the Internet Research Task Force, and serving on the Internet Architecture Board.

Aaron is very proud to have worked on commercial projects at Akamai, Verivue, PanAmSat, and Hughes Space & Communications and government-funded projects at BBN Technologies, USC Information Sciences Institute, and TRW Space & Defense. In addition to Aaron’s work at Akamai, he currently chairs the IETF Transport Services (TAPS) working group and serves on the RFC Series Advisory Board and Internet Research Steering Group. Aaron is named on six US patents and received a BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Systems Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.