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Switch SUPERNAP Named as Presenting Sponsor of DRI's 2014 Nevada Medal Event

For Immediate Release: January 22, 2014

Las Vegas and Reno events to honor Dr. Albert "Yu-Min" Lin's contributions to technology-enabled exploration on a global level

Las Vegas / Reno – The Desert Research Institute (DRI) today announced that Switch SUPERNAP will be the presenting sponsor for DRI's Nevada Medal Event, which will take place in Reno on March 25, 2014 and in Las Vegas on March 27, 2014.

The $50,000 presenting sponsorship contribution will support DRI's local and global applied research in earth and ecosystems, atmospheric, and hydrologic sciences.

switch-logo“Switch SUPERNAP is honored to be the presenting sponsor of the 2014 DRI Nevada Medal honoring Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin for his impressive and pioneering work,” said Switch SUPERNAP Executive Vice President of Colocation Missy Young. “The Desert Research Institute’s programs and initiatives support economic diversification in the State of Nevada and continue to foster and recognize scientific and engineering talent.”

Missy Young is a member of the Desert Research Institute Foundation Board of Trustees. She is dedicated to helping diversify Nevada’s economy and serving the local community through philanthropic efforts.

Switch SUPERNAP is the world's leader in data center ecosystem design, development and mission critical operations, providing unrivaled independent solutions for colocation, connectivity, cloud and collaboration ecosystems. CEO and Founder Rob Roy is committed to paying forward the success of Switch SUPERNAP and is passionate about enabling a more diverse Nevada economy. He created The inNEVation Center, a philanthropic effort to support economic diversification and foster collaboration between Nevada entrepreneurs, business leaders and the community.

For 27 years the Desert Research Institute has awarded the DRI Nevada Medal to acknowledge outstanding achievement in science and engineering. The 2014 recipient, Dr. Albert "Yu-Min" Lin, is a research scientist at the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society in the field of technology-enabled exploration.

As the creator and Principal Investigator of the Valley of the Khans Project, Dr. Lin's international, multidisciplinary effort to locate the tomb of Genghis Khan has mobilized thousands of people across the globe to engage their scientific curiosity by way of innovative crowdsourcing techniques and applied data analysis.

"DRI is honored to partner with Switch SUPERNAP and very thankful for their generous support of the 2014 DRI Nevada Medal Event," said Dr. Stephen G. Wells, DRI President. "Switch SUPERNAP Founder and CEO Rob Roy epitomizes the tradition of innovation and achievement that the DRI Nevada Medal events strive to honor each year in the scientific community. His sponsorship of this award is a tremendous symbol of Switch’s continued efforts to help make Nevada a global leader.” 

Guests are invited to attend the 2014 DRI Nevada Medal Event, hosted by the DRI Foundation. The evening programs in Reno and Las Vegas feature both a private and a general cocktail reception followed by a formal dinner with presentation of the DRI Nevada Medal Award and a talk by Dr. Lin.

Events are scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Reno and Thursday March 27, 2014 in Las Vegas.For tickets and more information, please visit

Media Contacts:

Catherine Schell,
Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas

Justin Broglio,
Desert Research Institute, Reno

Stacy Garland
Modamedia for Switch SUPERNAP

About the Desert Research Institute: DRI, the nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education, conducts cutting-edge research in air, water, quality, land and life across Nevada, the United States and on every continent.

DRI Nevada Medal EventAbout the Nevada Medal: The DRI Nevada Medal was established by DRI in 1988 and is the highest award given annually by Nevada to recognize and acknowledge outstanding achievement in science and engineering. The annual award includes an eight-ounce minted medallion of .999 pure Nevada silver and $20,000 lecture honorarium. The recipient of DRI’s Nevada Medal is chosen by members of a committee, representing the Governor of Nevada, the DRI President and the DRI Foundation. The most recent medalist was Dr. Nina V. Fedoroff. The previous three were Drs. Steven Squyres, Robert Ballard, and Francis Collins.

About Switch SUPERNAP: Switch SUPERNAP is the world's leader in data center ecosystem design, development and mission critical operations, providing unrivaled independent solutions for colocation, connectivity, cloud and collaboration ecosystems. Switch SUPERNAP represents innovation, security and reliability for more than 1,000 global clients, from sophisticated startups to Fortune 100 powerhouses.

Rob Roy, CEO and founder of Switch SUPERNAP, is the technology inventor and designer of the SUPERNAPS. Rob Roy’s 218 patented and patent pending claims on data center systems, designs and related industry technologies, have changed the technology landscape. For more information about Switch SUPERNAP, please visit

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