Debbie Fligor Wins Networking Award

Technology Services is pleased to announce that our own Debbie Fligor is a recipient of the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) Collaboration award.

The award recognizes and promotes excellence among women in networking by providing a unique opportunity to participate in the 2015 SCinet team as part of the annual Supercomputing conference . 

The University Corporations for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the Department of Energy’s Energy Science Network (ESnet), and the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) collaborated to develop the program. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Fligor currently serves as a Lead Network Engineer for Technology Services. She is among five female IT professionals to receive the award. The finalists were selected from nineteen IT professionals from around the country.

The award allows recipients to participate in one of the SCinet groups.

SCinet is a high performance network that supports super computing activities at the 2015 Supercomputing Conference (SC), held in Austin, Texas this year. Conference participants use SCinet to show and test high-performance applications. Every year volunteers work together in groups to build the network.

Fligor will be working with the Routing group. “I will be helping with the router configuration, and making sure it works and stays working during the show,” she says. Fligor has been assigned two mentors who will help her ensure that routers are properly configured for the conference.

The award covers the cost of assembling SCinet at the conference in November, including setup and teardown weeks. 

Fligor is excited to work with different brands of equipment and to widen her professional network. But she also hopes to enhance Technology Services and the University of Illinois more broadly. 

“This is […]an opportunity to learn different ways to configure routers and provide networking, especially for high performance computing which is very different than what an average desktop in someone’s office needs. I’ll be able to share everything I learn with the rest of the Networking team [and help] the University of Illinois [be] recognized as being involved in high speed and research computing.”

Please join us in congratulating Debbie Fligor on this prestigious award.