Fred Baker (engineer)

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Fred Baker
Fred Baker, IETF chair
Frederick J. Baker

(1952-02-28) February 28, 1952 (age 72)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Occupation(s)Engineer, Former IETF chair

Frederick J. Baker (born February 28, 1952), is an American engineer, specializing in developing computer network protocols for the Internet.


Baker attended the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology from 1970 to 1973. He developed computer network technology starting in 1978 at Control Data Corporation (CDC), Vitalink Communications Corporation, and Advanced Computer Communications.

He joined Cisco Systems in 1994.[1] He became a Cisco Fellow in 1998, working in university relations and as a research ambassador, and in the IETF. He left Cisco Systems in 2016.[2]

Since 1989, Baker has been involved with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the body that develops standards for the Internet. He chaired a number of IETF working groups, including several that specified the management information bases (MIB) used to manage network bridges[3][4] and popular telecommunications links.[5] Baker served as IETF chair from 1996 to 2001, when he was succeeded by Harald Tveit Alvestrand.[6] He served on the Internet Architecture Board from 1996 through 2002. He has co-authored or edited over fifty Request for Comments (RFC) documents on Internet protocols and contributed to others.[7] The subjects covered include network management, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Routing Information Protocol (RIPv2) routing, quality of service (using both the Integrated services and Differentiated Services models), Lawful Interception, precedence-based services on the Internet, and others.

In addition, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society 2002 through 2008, and as its chair from 2002 through 2006. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Council of the US Federal Communications Commission from 2005 through 2009.[8] He has worked as liaison to other standards organizations such as the ITU-T.[9] In 2009 he became chair of the RFC Series Oversight Committee.[10]

He co-chaired the IPv6 Operations Working Group in the IETF,[11] represented the IETF on the National Institute of Standards and Technology Smart Grid Smart Grid Interoperability Panel[12] and Architecture Committee (until 2013),[13] and was Cisco's representative to a Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group.[2][14] Baker also has several patents.[15][16]


  1. ^ "Bio-data of Mr. Fred Baker" (PDF). International Workshop on e-Access for All. Bangalore, India. February 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "About Us - Research at Cisco". Cisco Systems. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Bridge MIB () Charter". 38th IETF Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee proceedings. April 1997. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  4. ^ Eric Decker; et al. (July 1993). "Definitions of Managed Objects for Bridges". RFC 1493. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ Fred Baker; J. Watt (January 1993). "Definitions of Managed Objects for the DS1 and E1 Interface Types". RFC 1406. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  6. ^ "Past IESG Members and IETF Chairs". official IETF web site. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Fred Baker Data (all documents)". RFC database tool. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  8. ^ "Technological Advisory Council Members and Affiliations" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission Office of Engineering and technology. October 20, 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2008. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  9. ^ "Internet Standardization and the IETF - ITU" (PPT). ITU Telcomm '99 presentation. 1999. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  10. ^ "The RFC Series Editor". official web site. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  11. ^ "IPv6 Operations (v6ops)". IETF web site. Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  12. ^ "Current List of SGIP Member Organizations". NIST web site. July 29, 2011. Archived from the original on October 17, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  13. ^ "SGAC members". NIST web site. Archived from the original on October 17, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  14. ^ "Technical Participants". web site. Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  15. ^ John H. Hart; Frederick J. Baker. "Method and apparatus for bridging local area networks". US Patent 4706081. Filed December 14, 1984, issued November 10, 1987
  16. ^ James L. Fenton; Michael A. Thomas; Frederick J. Baker. "Method and System for Verifying Identification of an Electronic Mail Message". US Patent 2008/0320591. Filed September 3, 2008

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