Elise Gerich

From 1987 to 1996, Elise Gerich was actively involved in the deployment of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) NSFNET, which promoted advanced networking in the U.S. and became the network model for the commercial Internet. As a project systems manager at the Merit Network in 1987, Gerich oversaw the expansion of the NSFNET’s T-1 backbone, which a year earlier had become the principal backbone of the Internet. She also oversaw the network’s more difficult 1991 migration to the T-3 backbone, successfully coordinating operations and engineering efforts to troubleshoot the backbone’s technical issues. Read her full bio here.