Steve Stephen D. Crocker


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Dr. Stephen (Steve) D. Crocker

President and CEO, Edgemoor Research Institute


Dr. Crocker is an Internet pioneer and computer scientist with expertise in computer and network security and formal methods.  He is president and CEO of Edgemoor Research Institute, a non-profit organization founded to develop and promulgate principles of directory registration systems.


Before founding Edgemoor, Dr. Crocker spent 15 years in senior positions at ICANN.  His ICANN service started as the founding chair of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and 14 years on the board of directors, including 6½ years as chair.


In the late 1960s and early 1970s, while he was a graduate student at UCLA, he was part of the team that developed the protocols for the Arpanet and laid the foundation for today’s Internet.  He organized the Network Working Group, the forerunner of the modern Internet Engineering Task Force, initiated the Request for Comment (RFC) series of notes through which protocol designs are documented and shared, and laid the foundation for the open architectural structure of the Internet Protocols.  For this work, Dr. Crocker was awarded the 2002 IEEE Internet Award.  He remained active in the Internet standards work through the IETF and IAB and served as the first security area director on the Internet Engineering Steering Group from 1989 to 1994.  


Dr. Crocker’s experience includes research management at DARPA, USC/ISI, and The Aerospace Corporation, vice president of Trusted Information Systems, and co-founder of CyberCash, Inc., Longitude Systems, Inc., and Shinkuro, Inc.


Dr. Crocker earned his BA in mathematics and Ph.D. in computer science at UCLA and studied artificial intelligence at MIT.  He has an honorary doctorate from the University of San Martín de Porres in Lima, Perú, was selected in the initial group of members of the Internet Society’s Internet Hall of Fame Pioneers, and had a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Internet Society. 

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