SRI Is Proud to host an historic event

IEEE Milestone Celebration

The IEEE Milestone celebration will be held at SRI’s PARC campus on Friday, May 17, to celebrate the creation of three world-changing technologies: the Alto personal computer, Ethernet, and the Laser Printer invented and developed at Xerox PARC.

The program, to be hosted by SRI’s Chief Executive Officer David Parekh, will include conversations with Vint Cerf and Bob Metcalfe — two people whose contributions have fundamentally shaped modern networking and computing. We will be joined by Tom Coughlin, IEEE President, and Brian Berg, IEEE History Committee Vice Chair. Guests are invited to witness the unveiling of the IEEE Milestone plaques and join us for a celebratory reception.

Save your spot!

Friday, May 17, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SRI’s PARC Campus: 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA

The talks will be followed by an unveiling of the
bronze IEEE Milestone plaques for the Alto, Ethernet, and Laser Printer;
guests are welcome to enjoy networking and refreshments to follow.

Our speakers

Bob Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor & Turing Award winner


Bob Metcalfe, a 2022 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient, is best known for the invention, standardization, and commercialization of the Ethernet in the early 1970s, which he initially created while at Xerox PARC. Ethernet became the world’s first open, multi-vendor local area network standard. The idea of sharing proprietary computer technology for a common standard to benefit everyone was a radical idea at that time. 

Vint Cerf, co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols & architecture of the Internet


Currently Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, Vint Cerf is often referred to as one of the “fathers of the Internet” for his role in designing TCP/IP and the architecture of the Internet. He is the former chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Event hosted by SRI’s David Parekh

David Parekh, Ph.D., is the chief executive officer of SRI, a leading nonprofit research and development organization serving government and industry. Parekh has more than 30 years of experience leading research for industrial and academic research organizations. Parekh serves on the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Science Center and served as a board director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He joined SRI in December 2021.

IEEE Milestone Celebration Program

Welcome and Introductions: David Parekh, SRI Chief Executive Officer
Keynote Speakers: Vint Cerf & Bob Metcalfe
IEEE Milestone History: Tom Coughlin & Brian Berg
Panel discussion: David Parekh, Vint Cerf, Bob Metcalfe

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An independent nonprofit R&D institute founded in 1946, SRI acquired the Palo Alto Research Center in 2023 through a donation from Xerox, and it has been almost 40 years since we acquired Sarnoff Corp. (formerly RCA Labs). This is a momentous occasion for the computing industry, and we are thrilled to be hosting this event. Together, SRI is the proud holder of nine IEEE Milestones: Shakey the Robot, Mother of all Demos, Computer Mouse, Color TV, Liquid Crystal Displays, TIROS1 Weather Satellite, Ethernet, Laser Printing, and the Alto Computer.