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Program Directors

David Clark (

David Clark is Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Since the mid 70s, Dr. Clark has been leading the development of the Internet; from 1981- 1989 he acted as Chief Protocol Architect in this development, and chaired the Internet Activities Board. More recent projects include extensions to the Internet to support real-time traffic, explicit allocation of service, pricing and related economic issues, and policy issues surrounding the Internet, such as local loop deployment. He has also worked on computer and communications security. In addition to his appointment in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Dr. Clark operates a program in communications policy, located at the MIT Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development. . This program examines the broader context of the Internet — economics, societal impact and policy. The goal of his interdisciplinary research is to shape technological innovation and business planning by articulating this larger context for the Internet. Dr. Clark has contributed to a number of studies on the societal and policy impact of computer communications. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE.

Charles Fine (

Charlie Fine teaches operations strategy and supply chain management at MIT's Sloan School of Management and directs the roadmapping activities in MIT's Communications Futures Program. His research focuses on supply chain strategy and value chain roadmapping, with a particular focus on fast-clockspeed manufacturing industries. His work has supported design and improvement of supply chain relationships for companies in electronics, automotive, aerospace, communications, and consumer products. His current research examines dynamic models for assessing the leverage among the various components in complex industrial value chains and principles for value chain design, based on strategic and logistical assessments.

Professor Fine holds an AB in mathematics and management science from Duke University, an MS in operations research from Stanford University, and a PhD in business administration (decision sciences) from Stanford University. He is the author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage, Perseus Books, 1998. His work, on quality management, flexible manufacturing, supply chain management, and operations strategy, has also appeared in Management Science, Operations Research, Journal of Manufacturing and Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Annals of Operations Research, Games and Economic Behavior, Sloan Management Review, Supply Chain Management Review, and Interfaces.

Andrew Lippman (

Andrew Lippman is Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Media Laboratory. Andrew received both his B.S. (1971) and M.S. (1978) degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. In 1995 he completed his Ph.D. studies at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. He directs a $5.5 Million research consortium at the MIT Media Laboratory entitled "Digital Life" that addresses bits, people and community in a wired world. He has been a member of the editorial board of "Image Communications" and the ACM Multimedia Journal. He has also been one of the first members of the ISO Motion Picture Experts Group that developed the first standards for low-rate and high quality video compression. He holds eleven patents in television, digital image processing and interface technologies. His current research interests are in the domain of "viral systems" both as a new approach to wireless communications and as a basis for innovation.

Faculty & Research Staff

Natalie Klym (

Natalie Klym is the Executive Director and a Research Associate with CFP. She has over ten years experience studying and analyzing the impact of Internet technology on business and society. Before joining MIT's Communications Futures Program she worked as a senior analyst at research and consulting firm, Digital 4Sight, on numerous multi-client research projects that focused on ecommerce, supply chain management, e-government, and next generation Internet technologies. She has authored and contributed to several publications on the digital economy. Ms. Klym received her MA in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, and her BA in Economic Geography from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

William Lehr (

Dr. William Lehr is an economist and industry consultant. He is a research associate at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, currently working with the Communications Futures Program (, which is an industry-academic multidisciplinary research effort focused on road mapping the communications value chain. Previously, Dr. Lehr was the associate director of the MIT Research Program on Internet & Telecoms Convergence (ITC,, and was an associate research scholar and assistant professor on the faculty of Columbia University 's Graduate School of Business. Dr. Lehr's research focuses on the economics and regulatory policy of the Internet infrastructure industries. He teaches courses on the economics, business strategy, and public policy issues facing telecommunications, Internet, and eCommerce companies, and is a frequent speaker at international industry and academic conferences. He has published articles on such topics as the impact of the Internet on the structure of the communications infrastructure industries, telecommunications regulation, and the pricing of Internet services. He is currently engaged in research on the convergence of the Internet and telecommunication services and the implications for corporate strategy and public policy.

In addition to his academic research, Dr. Lehr provides litigation, economic, and business strategy consulting services for firms in the information technology industries. Dr. Lehr has advised information technology companies on strategic marketing, pricing, financial planning, and competitive strategy; and government agencies in the United States and abroad on telecommunications policy matters. Dr. Lehr has prepared expert witness testimony for both private litigation and for regulatory proceedings before the FCC and numerous state commissions.

Dr. Lehr holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford (1992), an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School (1985), and MSE (1984), BS (1979) and BA (1979) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Karen Sollins (

Karen Sollins is Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Her research focusses on network architecture, with a current emphasis on effective integration with network management capabilities into a future network architecture. Her passed research has been in areas defined by provision of network support for distributed systems and applications, which has led to publications in the areas of security, naming and identity, and a supporting information infrastructure. In addition to participation in the research community, she has also been active in both the Internet Engineering Task Force and the Internet Reserch Task Force. In her research, funded by a combination of NSF grants and industrial support, she supervises graduate students and teaches intermittently. She is currently co-chair of the CFP Security and Privacy Working Group. Karen received a BA in Mathematics from Swarthmore College and PhD from MIT. She spent two years at the National Science Foundation as a Senior Program Director for Networking Research.


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