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Lee W. McKnight

Syracuse University
Associate Professor
Syracuse, New York Area
Lee W.McKnight is an Associate Professor in the iSchool (The School of Information Studies), Syracuse University. Lee was Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation Wireless Grids Innovation Testbed (WiGiT) project, and recipient of the 2011 TACNY Award for Technology Project of Year. Lee is the inventor of edgeware, a new class of software for creating ad hoc overlay cloud to edge applications, known as gridlets and wiglets. Lee’s research focuses on virtual markets and wireless grids, the global information economy, national and international technology policy, and Internet governance and policy. He was an Associate Professor and Director of the Edward R. Murrow Center at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Principal Research Associate and Lecturer at MIT; and Founder of the Internet Telephony Consortium, also at MIT. Lee is on the Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council of TM Forum; and a member of IEEE P2030.4 smart grid interoperability task force. Lee is Founder and Member of the Board of Directors of Wireless Grids Corporation. Lee was a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of Summerhill Biomass Systems 2007-2013. McKnight teaches graduate and undergraduate courses such as Cloud Management, Information Policy, and Telecommunications Regulation at Syracuse University, and lectures annually in the MIT Professional Education short course, 'Technology, Organizations, and Innovation: Putting Ideas to Work.' His research interests span policy, economic, business and technical aspects of the global information economy. Professor McKnight's next 5 books on his ground-breaking virtual markets and wireless grids research will be published in 2014-2015 by Imperial College Press/World Scientific Press, Singapore and London. In addition to many peer reviewed journal articles in technical and policy journals, his academic work includes the co-authored and co-edited books published by MIT Press, ‘Creative Destruction: Business Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy’(2001,2002,Japanese translation by Toyo Kezai 2003; Chinese translation by Economic Sciences Press 2007), ‘Internet Telephony’(2001), ‘The Gordian Knot:Political Gridlock on the Information Highway’(1997,1999) and Internet Economics (MIT Press, 1997, 1998), a path breaking work that is the first to develop metrics for economic analysis of Internet transactions. McKnight received a Ph.D. in 1989 from MIT; an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in 1981; and a B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1978.