San Jose, CA
$39.5 billion FY08
TSC MEMBER INSTITUTION(S):
Department of Defense
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
CHANGING THE WAY WE WORK
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
Cisco Systems, Inc. is the world’s leading supplier of computer networking products, systems, and services. Cisco was born 25 years ago out of a need to address a simple problem: Husband and wife Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, both working for Stanford University, wanted to email each other from their respective offices located in different buildings but couldn’t due to technological shortcomings. A technology had to be invented to deal with disparate local area protocols. In solving their problem the multi-protocol router was born. Since then Cisco has helped shape the Internet and transformed how people connect, communicate and collaborate.
UNIVERSITY-BASED RESEARCH CONNECTION:
Len Bosack and Sandra Lerner both earned their graduate degrees at Stanford University and were employed by the university in the early 1980s. Bosack was the Director of Computer Facilities for Stanford’s Department of Computer Science, and Lerner was Director of Computer Facilities for Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. In his role at Stanford’s Department of Computer Sciences, Bosack was instrumental in Stanford’s participation in the evolving Department of Defense-funded Internet.
ROLE OF FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDING:
Bosack was involved in Stanford’s Department of Defense-funded work through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the Internet.
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