Events and Programs

An Evening With Vinton Cerf at Georgetown University

The NSTMF will host a conversation with the "Architect of the Internet", Vinton Cerf, at Georgetown University on March 27, 2017.

On March 27th, the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation hosted “An Evening with Vinton Cerf” at Georgetown University in partnership with two student organizations, The Triple Helix and Stemme. To view video of this event, click here.

“An Evening with Vinton Cerf” will celebrate the legacy of National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureate Vinton Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. Vinton Cerf will be interviewed by Karen Rose, Principal at Zynia Digital. The conversation will focus on Dr. Cerf’s origins, interest in technology and his key role in the development of the Internet. With focus on Dr. Cerf’s advocacy for a free and open Internet, the event will also explore net neutrality in today’s legislation of the Internet. The audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions following the interview.

An Evening With Vinton Cerf will be held in the Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University on Monday, March 27, 2017

Working with Robert Kahn in the 1970s, Dr. Cerf was integral in the development of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP), allowing the transmission of data between computers. Together they were award the National Medal of Technology in 1997. An alumnus of Stanford University and UCLA, Dr. Cerf has received multiple awards including the National Medal of Technology, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the ACM Alan M. Turing award. He has also appeared on the Colbert Report and at several TEDx events.

An Evening with Vinton Cerf is the first in a series of events that will provide a space for students to interact with NMS and NMTI Laureates. The NSTMF believes that this connection can become a powerful, positive motivating force. Every Laureate has a unique story and the NSTMF seeks to bring these personal and professional narratives into the public dialogue.

“To me the evening with program will serve as an important cornerstone in the NSTMF’s annual events calendar. Anytime our foundation can connect the next generation with NMS and NMTI Laureates, we are encouraging scientific and technological prosperity and progress; two characteristics that I believe are indicative of a thriving society.”

- Andrew Rathmann-Noonan, Executive Director

Through events such as the Evening With series and the National Medals Celebration, the NSTMF hopes to create a lasting connection between the public and the science and technology communities.

This event is sold-out. We will be livestreaming on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. We hope to "see" you there!