Please join me in congratulating one of the campus’s most valuable
technical contributors, Michael Sinatra, on his new position at the Energy
Sciences Network (ESnet) based at the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory. As Network Engineer, Michael will take on responsibility for
the nation wide department of energy high-speed network that supports all
DOE labs. While I know you share my disappointment at the loss of a valued
colleague, Michael’s new job with the ESnet team will enable him to pursue
his interest in working on a national scale, while continuing his
long-standing involvement with the Berkeley campus community.
Michael's ties to the campus are much broader than the networking
community. He arrived at Berkeley more than 18 years ago to pursue
graduate studies in political science. After receiving a master's degree,
he became interested in statistical and formal (game theory) methods,
which led him to gain a familiarity with the Unix-based systems that
typically ran the analytical software relevant to these methods. Later, he
further added to his technical credentials as a Sun SPARCstation
administrator while working on one of the campus’s first educational
websites for the Institute of International Studies. In late 1995, Michael
received an additional part-time appointment with IST's Computer-Assisted
Survey Methods Program (now part of SSCL in IST-Data Services), where he
helped manage a small computer lab and provided desktop support,
statistical consulting for graduate students, and server administration
before moving on to the College of Chemistry as an entry-level systems and
In 1999, ready for new career challenges, Michael joined IST's
Communication and Network Services. He was appointed to the Security
Working Group, which reported to the ITATF (predecessor of the ITAC), and
helped shape the creation of the current SNS organization and the Campus
Information Security and Privacy Committee (CISPC). His campuswide
contributions have been numerous, including helping create the CalNet
service, serving as one of the first CalNet Deputies, designing the campus
data center, creating a firewall service, implementing DNSSEC, and most
recently, developing the IPv6 service, which has brought national
attention to Berkeley for its pioneering efforts in this area.
Michael also was one of the early coordinators of the Micronet list and
group and has been an active participant since then, providing countless
members of our community with technical guidance and support, always with
his signature touch of humor. You won’t want to miss his next presentation
to Micronet on January 26, provocatively titled "The gathering storm(s)”.
Michael will continue to be an ongoing part of the campus community as he
works to mentor new senior network administrators who we will be
recruiting this spring.
Please join me in thanking Michael for his many contributions to the
campus and wishing him the best in his new role.
AVC & CIO
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