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University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory

Our Mission
To provide a neutral environment to foster multivendor interoperability, conformance to standards, and improvement of data networking while attracting students to, and educating them for, future employment in cutting-edge technologies.
Our Vision
To be the world's premier data networking resource. Using our knowledge, tools, services and relationships, we will enable the next generation of technology and engineers.
Our Values
Neutral, Secure, and Confidential
• We are committed to neutrality above all other influences. We exist because of the need for an independent, neutral, 3rd party that can serve as arbiter for the networking industry. We maintain an unmitigated commitment to the confidentiality and security of customer information provided in an unbiased safe haven, enabling industry members to resolve issues collaboratively.
• We believe in unbiased results. We are committed to providing the most accurate and highest quality results utilizing consistent methodologies and upholding the highest principles in execution and delivery. We believe it is more important to get the job done right, and deliver honest results, than to simply get it done.
• We treat our customers and each other with respect. We hold ourselves accountable for our actions. Our decisions reflect our commitment to offer only the highest quality tools, knowledge, and services. We are dedicated to our customers while actively working to instill our values in each other to help build successful careers.
Financial Sustainability
• We are planning for the future. We are a 100% industry funded, non-profit organization. We believe in the value of the services we offer to the industry and we are committed to their growth, as well as continuous improvement, by listening to our customers' needs. Careful fiscal planning and responsibility allow us to sustain and grow our business.
Thought Leadership
• Ideas fuel the development of new technologies. Our employees help generate ideas which are based on their participation in every facet of the technology cycle. The active role we take in providing feedback to industry organizations has allowed us to lead interoperability and conformance efforts since 1988.
Empowered Employees
• We provide the means, our employees do the rest. Our belief is that every employee has the ability to effect change within our organization and the global industries we serve. Through open communication, everyone has the keys they need to open new doors for themselves, and the organization, while pursuing the projects that excite them.
Learning Institution
• Our student employees are tomorrow's pioneers. We are dedicated to continuous improvement and establishing an organization where learning is rewarded. We believe in challenging ourselves by asking, "What did I learn today?" and maintaining an environment that is structured to create leaders.

CategoryEducation & Research
Based inUnited States of America
ITU Global DirectoryUniversity of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory
Ms Erica Johnson

Erica Johnson was named Director of the University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham, NH, in 2007. In this position she utilizes her industry experience in networking, building certification test programs and creating relationships with forums leading the UNH-IOL’s continued success.

In her role at the UNH-IOL, Erica supports industry leaders, professional staff, and student employees with thought leadership and industry guidance that makes the UNH-IOL the innovative leader of third party testing services.

She was part of the initial drive to assemble the UNH-IOL’s four separate campus locations into a single lab in 2002 and now has facilitated the lab’s move to a brand new facility in downtown Durham, NH, set for completion late 2015.

Recently named the Open Networking Foundation Testing Leadership Council Chair, Erica adds this appointment to the Co-Chair of the IPv6 Forum’s IPv6 Ready Logo Program.  She had also been recognized by Fierce Telecom’s list of “Women in Wireline”, and was awarded, by the University of New Hampshire, with the UNH Women’s Commission’s Stephanie Thomas Staff Award in honor of her achievements in promoting and embodying the advancement of women in the sciences. Erica also acts as a Director on the UNH CEPS Alumni Society Board, UNH Broadband Center of Excellence Board and is Co-editor of the Network Testing Series for IEEE Communications Magazine.

Erica first hired into the UNH-IOL’s Fast Ethernet Consortium in 1999 while doing her undergraduate work at UNH where she quickly learned about testing interoperability and auto negotiation. After graduating with her BS in Computer Science in 2001, she moved into a staff position within the IP Consortium at the UNH-IOL where she lead the RIP Automation project team in designing, implementation and deployment of an object orientated cross platform test solution used for network and higher layer protocol testing, after which she began managing the IPv6 Consortium.

Having completed her MBA at UNH in 2011, Erica continues building certification programs with organizations like the Open Networking Foundation, NATF, IPv6 Ready Logo, and USGv6. Her lab initiatives include commercialization of UNH-IOL testing products, STEM educational opportunities including internships at the lab and within industry, career placement for student employees and creating a new foundation to fund the education of future engineers.