Co-founder, Arbor Networks /
Chair, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
"Arbor Networks is a wonderful example of how the innovation economy can work when universities, government and entrepreneurs align behind great ideas and great technology. The technology transfer program at the University of Michigan was a highly effective link in facilitating the commercialization of technology for Arbor, demonstrating clearly how federally funded university research can result in a powerful engine for economic growth."
G. Robert Malan
$40 million FY08
TSC MEMBER INSTITUTION(S):
University of Michigan
Department of Defense
National Science Foundation
HOW NETWORKS GROW
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
Arbor Networks is an online security company launched in 2000 by University of Michigan Computer Science professor Dr. Farnam Jahanian and doctoral student G. Robert Malan, who had developed technology in the University of Michigan Software Systems Lab.
The company boasts a 70 percent market share and 300 customers around the world. Their security solutions, which manage and protect the entire network — from the network core to the broadband edge — are deployed in the backbones of all the major service provider and MSO networks across the globe, including MCI, Sprint, AT&T, Earthlink, Asia Netcom and British Telecom. In 2006, Arbor Networks was named one of the twenty fastest growing private companies in North America. In August 2010, Arbor Networks was acquired by Tektronix Communications of Plano, TX.
UNIVERSITY-BASED RESEARCH CONNECTION:
Arbor Networks founder Farnam Jahanian to head NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate.
The company was launched in 2000 by University of Michigan computer science professor Dr. Farnam Jahanian and doctoral student G. Robert Malan, who had developed the technology in the U-M Software Systems Lab. Dr. Jahanian serves as Chairman of the Board and Dr. Malan as Chief Technology Officer.
Arbor Networks maintains R&D facilities in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has added over 60 jobs and an estimated $20 million to the local economy
ROLE OF FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDING:
The network security research conducted at the University of Michigan Software Systems Lab was supported by a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Defense, through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Earlier networking research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.
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