Reno and Las Vegas events to honor Duke University Professor and former U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot Dr. Mary Cummings
Las Vegas & Reno – Continuing its support of Nevada’s premier environmental research institute, the DRI Foundation proudly announced today that Switch SUPERNAP will return as presenting sponsor of the DRI Nevada Medal Award in April 2016.
The recognized world leader in data center and internet ecosystem design and operations, Switch SUPERNAP will continue its $50,000 presenting sponsorship contribution for the third year in a row. DRI Nevada Medal event proceeds support the Institute’s local and global applied research and higher education across the State of Nevada.
"DRI is a model for innovation and investment in Nevada," said Missy Young, Executive Vice President of Sales at SUPERNAP and DRI Foundation Board of Trustees member. "Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy believes in the Institute’s unique mission and that celebrating the accomplishments of a pioneering woman in science such as Dr. Mary Cummings illustrates the importance of investing in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education."
"Further," Young added. "Rob Roy is committed to gender equality and recognizes Dr. Cumming’s experiences as one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots and a leading female voice in the national drone conversation."
Dr. Cummings spent eleven years (1988–1999) as a naval officer and military pilot, earning the rank of lieutenant, and was one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots, flying an F/A-18 Hornet. Following a successful career in the military, she directed her passion for technology to academia and became a strong public advocate for the promotion of the responsible use of drone technology and related policies for both the military and the growing commercial and civilian industries.
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. The company recently broke ground on its new SUPERNAP campus at the Tahoe Reno Industrical Center in Northern Nevada. Housing seven buildings totaling 6.49-million square feet, the $3 billion data center will be the largest in the world once completed. In his 2015 State of the State Address, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said: "This will make Nevada the most digitally connected state in the United States."
"The DRI Foundation is honored to continue our wonderful relationship with Switch SUPERNAP," said Chuck Creigh, DRI Foundation Board of Trustees Chair. "Switch SUPERNAP Founder and CEO Rob Roy symbolizes the spirit of innovation and personal achievement that the DRI Nevada Medal Award strives to honor each year in the scientific community."
The 29th Annual DRI Nevada Medal Event in Reno will include a formal dinner and award ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The Las Vegas event will also include a formal dinner and award ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Both evenings will feature a cocktail hour beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the main event at 7 p.m.
For more information about event sponsorship, or to purchase tickets to the 2016 DRI Nevada Medal events please visit www.dri.edu
About the Desert Research Institute: DRI, the nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education, strives to be the world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world.
About the DRI Foundation: The DRI Foundation's mission is to maximize DRI's global environmental impact by securing necessary funding, promoting DRI to multiple constituencies and expanding DRI's reach through its relationships with donors and other supporters.
About the DRI Nevada Medal: The DRI Nevada Medal was established by DRI in 1988 and is the highest scientific award given annually in 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.
About Switch SUPERNAP: SUPERNAP is the world's leader in data center and internet ecosystem design, development and mission critical operations, providing unrivaled independent solutions for colocation, connectivity, cloud and collaboration ecosystems. They represent innovation, security and reliability for more than 1,000 global clients, from sophisticated startups to Fortune 100 powerhouses. Rob Roy is the CEO and founder of Switch, the parent company of SUPERNAP, and is the technology inventor and designer of the SUPERNAP data centers. 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 SUPERNAP, please visit www.supernap.com.
Justin Broglio, Communications Officer
Desert Research Institute
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