For more than 20 years, David Jent has worked at Indiana University in all aspects of network design, installation, project management, and strategic direction setting. His strong network background provides a stable foundation for leading senior technical staff and managing complex network engineering design issues, and for managing critical relationships with the National Research and Education Network community. His current portfolio includes managing the Global Research Network Operations Center Engineering team, which operates ten-plus state, national, and international R&E networks including the New Internet2 Network and National Lambda Rail.

Jent is also the managing director of operations for the Indiana GigaPop, which spans two diverse, co-located facilities in Indianapolis and Chicago. The Indiana GigaPop provides commodity internet and R&E network connectivity to major state/regional institutions, and is active in the Quilt organization and in projects in the state of Indiana to further the deployment of high speed networking. In addition, Jent’s division supports I-Light, the optical network that connects Indiana schools of higher education.

In the recent past Jent served as project manager for the Next Generation Abilene Router (NGAR) deployment project. He was also the project manager for the installation of dark fiber between Bloomington, Indianapolis, and West Lafayette. This network was the first university-owned dark fiber infrastructure of its size in the nation. Jent has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University, awarded at IUPUI.