As Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, Michael Nelson manages a team helping define and implement IBMís Next Generation Internet Strategy. His group is working with university researchers on NGi techonology, shaping standards for the NGi, and communicating IBMís NGi vision to customers, policy makers, and the general public. He is also responsible for organizing IBMís involvement in the Global Internet Project, a coaliton of 14 telecom and computer companies working to address key Internet issues.
Prior to joining IBM in July, 1998, Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. There he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce, spur development and deployment of new technologies, and improve the reliability and security of the nationís telecommunications network.
Before joining the FCC in January, 1997, Nelson was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked with Vice President Gore and the Presidentís Science Advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy.
From 1988 to 1993, Nelson served as a professional staff member for the Senateís Subcommittee on Science, Techology, and Space, chaired by then-Senator Gore. He was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act.
Michael Nelson received his B.S. in geology from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from MIT.