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Scott Jordan Named FCC CTO

Computer science professor comes from University of California, Irvine

Scott Jordan is the FCC’s new chief technology officer. He succeeds Henning Schulzrinne, who will return to Columbia University and continue to help the commission part-time as a technology advisor.

“Scott’s engineering and technical expertise, particularly with respect to the Internet, will provide great assistance to the commission as we consider decisions that will affect America’s communications platforms,” said FCC Chairman Wheeler as he made the announcement.

Wheeler said the contributions of outgoing Chief Technology Officer Henning Schulzrinne are many, saying he played an invaluable role within the agency in making sure its tech transition efforts have a sound grounding in technology.

In his role as chief technology officer, Jordan will be the senior advisor on technical matters across the agency, engaging with tech experts both in and outside the FCC.

Jordan joins the commission from the University of California, Irvine, where he is a computer science professor. Jordan is known for his research on communications platforms, pricing and differentiated services on the Internet. In the technology arena, Jordan works to further integrate voice, data, and video on the Internet and on wireless networks, according to the agency.

Jordan received his undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics, electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, also obtained from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to joining U.C.-Irvine, Jordan was an associate professor at Northwestern University and an IEEE Congressional Fellow, working in the United States Senate on Internet and telecommunications policy issues, as well as on the FCC Open Internet Technical Advisory Committee.

Jordan starts Sept. 8.

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