Christian Huitema, born on 1953 in Nantes, France, was the first non-American president of the IAB (Internet Architecture Board), serving from April 1993 to July 1995. He is currently a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft.
After graduating from the Ecole Polytechnique of France, Huitema served for 5 years as an engineer in the SEMA Montrouge before returning to the National Center for Telecommunications Research in Issy-les-Moulineaux. In 1986, he joined the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA). Huitema collaborated on several research projects including the NADIR Project (jointly with CNET) to study the use of computer satellites, the ESPRIT THORN project (The first implementation of the X.500 distributed directory), and the RODEO project, which aims to define and test communication protocols for high speed networks. He worked as a chief scientist for Bellcore in the mid-1990s. Huitema was also involved with the creation of the Teredo tunneling system.
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- IPv6, the new Internet Protocol
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