Pankaj Shah

Executive Director
Ohio Academic Resources Network

Pankaj Shah serves as executive director of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), the technology infrastructure and operations arm of the University System of Ohio, under the Ohio Board of Regents. His duties include management and operation of the statewide network and a national Internet2 GigaPoP; design, architecture, implementation and maintenance of shared services systems and storage infrastructure; identification and development of the services and applications which can be hosted collaboratively; consolidation and standardization of technology; identification of future technology trends; and technology strategic planning.

Previously, Shah served as Marquette University’s director of infrastructure for information technology services, where he was responsible for networking, systems, storage, telecommunications and security.  During an earlier tenure with OARnet, he was responsible for creating and managing the Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC-Ohio) and was an instrumental partner in the Transportable Satellite Internet System, a satellite trailer used for distance learning and special events in areas where reliable terrestrial Internet connectivity is unavailable.

With more than 25 years in the industry, Shah has held positions in public, private and not-for-profit sectors including engagement manager at Resource One Computer System, where he managed the City of Columbus project; senior manager for the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), where he set up the state-of-the-art IT department; manager for the New York City Transit Authority (MTA) - Division of Track; and systems administrator for the City University of New York-Computer Science Department.

Shah in recent years has focused on emerging needs in research, education, government and economic development. While managing complex cyberinfrastructure, he has identified trends in high-speed data transfer, videoconferencing and optical, wireless and satellite-based hybrid networking.

Shah represents OARnet on The Quilt and Internet2’s governance and nominations committee. He also serves on the steering committee of StateNets group within Net@edu and Educause. Additionally, Shah contributed to the Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, 2nd Edition.

He received a diploma in mechanical engineering, as well as advance tool technology certification, from S.B.M Polytechnic in Bombay (Mumbai), India. He earned his masters in computer and information science from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Areas of Expertise
America competitiveness initiatives
Broadband initiatives
Cyberinfrastructure
Large-scale national networking
National Innovation Act of 2008

Updated 03/09/2009

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