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  • Philip Straus

BAF Welcomes First Three Advisors

The Blockchain Acceleration Foundation (BAF) is pleased to announce the first three members of its advisory board: UCLA Professor Leonard Kleinrock, USC Professor and Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow Bhaskar Krishnamachari, and computer programmer and entrepreneur Brian J. Fox.

“I am honored to welcome Mr. Fox, Mr. Krishnamachari, and Mr. Kleinrock as advisors to the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation,” said BAF President Cameron Dennis. “As we continue developing our educational programs, the ability to draw upon our advisors’ collective expertise and extensive networks in both academia and industry will be invaluable.”

BAF’s advisors will contribute industry knowledge and thinking to the organization’s current and future work, give advice and support to the board of directors and officers, make introductions within their networks, and serve as a public advocate for the organization.

Leonard Kleinrock

Leonard Kleinrock is an Internet Pioneer and Computer Scientist currently teaching at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Mr. Kleinrock developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet, as a graduate student at MIT. As a UCLA professor five years later, he was asked by the Advanced Research Projects Agency to put his theory into practice. In September 1969, with a team of select graduates and others, Mr. Kleinrock brought up the first node of the ARPANET, the seedling that grew into today’s global Internet. One month later he directed the first transmission to pass over the blossoming network.

Now known as one of the fathers of the internet, Kleinrock has been recognized with many distinguished international honors for his work, including the National Medal of Science, the United States’ highest honor for achievement in the sciences. Watch the following video to hear Mr. Kleinrock discuss the childhood event that led to his career in engineering, his research on packet switching, and the process of bringing the early Internet to life.

Bhaskar Krishnamachari

Bhaskar Krishnamachari is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC and Director of the Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (CCI). His expertise spans several fields, including wireless networks, IoT, distributed computing, and machine learning, and he recently became active in research on blockchain technologies. Mr. Krishnamachari co-authored a paper describing a system that incentivizes fair play in e-commerce absent a third party, and ultimately believes a similar protocol could enable millions of everyday “microtransactions” between interconnected devices.

Mr. Krishnamachari has co-authored over 300 papers, which have been collectively cited more than 25,000 times. He has received the NSF CAREER Award and the ASEE Terman Award for outstanding electrical and computer engineering educators, as well as several best paper awards including at ACM/IEEE IPSN and ACM MobiCom. In 2011 he was listed in MIT technology review magazine’s TR-35 list of top 35 innovators under the age of 35, and in 2015 was named one of Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10.”

Brian J. Fox

Brian J. Fox is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is a staunch supporter of Free Software, and is the author of the GNU Bash shell. As the first technical employee at the Free Software Foundation, Mr. Fox worked with Richard Stallman at MIT, where his software output included GNU Makeinfo, GNU Info, GNU Finger, GNU Readline, GNU History, and contributions to GDB. Fox also was the maintainer of Emacs for quite some time. After his tenure at the FSF, Mr. Fox became a consultant to firms worldwide, and in the spring of 1995 created the first online banking system at Wells Fargo. This was followed immediately by the creation of MetaHTML, the first complete programming language designed for creating dynamic websites.

Mr. Fox is currently the CEO of venture technology firm Opus Logica, is the first technical founder of Orchid Labs, is a founder/partner in Kano.ONE, and is a general partner in Kano VC. Kano is an advisory/venture firm for blockchain startups focused on the creation of positive social impact. In 2017, Mr. Fox co-authored a New York Times piece with former CIA Director R. James Woolsey Jr. advocating open source election systems as a means of securing US elections against Russian interference.