Tuesday, 7 December 2010
14:00 - 15:30

Tomorrow's Technology and Education - Executives Perspective
(Forum Chair: Mark Wyllie, CEO, Flagship Solutions Group, USA)

Mr. Ray Smets
Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Networking Business Unit
Cisco, USA

Ray Smets is Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Wireless Networking Business Unit, the largest business within its Wireless, Security & Routing Technology Group (WSRTG).  He is responsible for technology and product development for Cisco's industry-leading 802.11n wireless LAN access point products, controllers, and software for management and mobile services solutions.

Smets has a +20-year track record leading high-growth technology business teams in the IT telecom, networking and security industries. 

Smets was a senior executive with several technology companies driving strategy, development, sales, business execution and transformation.  Smets was the President/GM of the worldwide sniffer technology business at McAfee Security that was later spun off and ultimately acquired by NetScout, Inc.  Smets was also Senior Vice President for Netopia, Inc., focused on building leading edge xDSL routers, gateways and remote management solutions.  Later acquired by Motorola, Smets was Vice President of Broadband Solutions within Motorola's Connected Home Solutions business where he directed the marketing, product management and partnership development for cable and telco broadband CPE, Femtocell and software businesses.  Most recently, Smets led Packeteer's worldwide sales, marketing and business development efforts in the WAN Optimization and Application Acceleration market through its successful sale to Blue Coat Systems.

Smets' career began at BellSouth Corporation where he was a Cisco customer and served for over 15 years in executive roles heading up leading-edge subsidiaries and business units.  In his more recent role, Smets was Vice President of Network Transformation which included leading the science and technology assessment labs, driving next generation network architecture, and the commercialization of the latest service provider solutions.  Smets was also President of the Internet Services subsidiary where he led the deployment of a large-scale IP infrastructure and grew the Internet Access business from a start-up to a top ten U.S. Internet service provider.  During this time, a large Cisco-powered network was deployed, leading the network transformation to IP. 

Smets also holds over 10 technology patents and speaks frequently at industry engagements worldwide. Smets holds a B.S. degree in computer engineering from the University of Florida, an M.B.A. degree from Nova-Southeastern University, and is an alumnus of the Stanford University Executive Program.


Dr. Barbara M. Olds (ASEE Fellow)
Acting Deputy Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources
National Science Foundation

Barbara M. Olds is Acting Deputy Assistant Director and Senior Advisor to the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) of the U. S. National Science Foundation where she focuses on issues related to international science and engineering education, program and project evaluation, and education and education research policy.  She previously served in the EHR Directorate at NSF as an Expert/Consultant on education issues, as Division Director for the Division on Research, Evaluation and Communication, and as Acting Division Director for the Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education.   She served two terms on the International Advisory Committee for NSF and chaired the Committee of Visitors for NSF's international activities in 2008.

Dr. Olds is Professor Emerita of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines.  During her long career there, she served as the director of the Engineering Practices Introductory Course Sequence (EPICS), as the director of the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs for Engineers, and, most recently, as the Associate Provost for Educational Innovation.  Her research interests lie primarily in understanding and assessing engineering student learning.  She has participated in a number of curriculum innovation projects and has been active in the engineering education research and evaluation communities, publishing numerous papers, making presentations, and conducting invited workshops globally.  She is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, a Senior Editor for the Journal of Engineering Education, and was a Fulbright lecturer/researcher in Sweden.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Denver, all in English.