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Jeff Rulifson is director for the VLSI Research Group in Sun Microsystems Labortories. Jeff is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the SRI International Hall of Fame, with almost fifty years experience in computer technology. He started as a computer operator at Boeing in the summer of 1960.

Jeff is also President of the Board of Directors of the Doug Engelbart Institute. The Bootstrap Alliance is a broad-based cooperative dedicated to the improvement of individual, team, and organizational performance in collaborative settings. Participants in the Alliance find a forum to test new concepts and learn with and from peers and leading innovators who span across industry, government, academic, and public interest sectors.

Jeff was Chariman of the Board of Directors of The Open Group. The mission of The Open Group is to deliver assurance of conformance to Open Systems Standards through the testing and certification of suppliers products.

Previously at Sun, Rulifson started a European laboratory for Sun Microsystems Labortories, the research division of Sun Microsystems, Inc. He managed window systems and toolkits, graphics and imaging platform software, multi-media, applications and Sun technical publications. Rulifson came to Sun from Syntelligence, where he held the position of manager of banking products. Before that, he held the positions of engineering manager at ROLM Corporation, group manager at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center,   mathematician at SRI International, system programmer at the University of Washington, and computer operator at Boeing.

Rulifson holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Washington. Jeff was awarded the Association for Computing Machinery's Software System Award in 1990 "for pioneering work on augmenting human intellect with hypertext, outline processors, and video conferencing that was implemented in the NLS System (On-Line System [1968])." The award was shared with Douglas C. Engelbart and William K. English. In 1994, along with thirty-four other computer scientists, Jeff was honored by Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN) as an ARPANET Pioneer for his early work that led to the Internet. The work contributed to "packet networking and the concept of a common language for communications to allow dissimilar systems to communicate." rfc5 was a proposal for a method of sending applets over the ARPANET to provide real-time user interactions over the ARPANET.

As he says on his LinkedIn page, "I’ve done a lot: hacker, computer operator, software engineer, knowledge engineer, architect, researcher, engineering manager, research manager, lobbyist, not-for-profit president, standards organization boad chairman, and PTA president, in the US and in Europe, working collaboratively with research labs and universities in Japan and India, in failed start-ups and successful start-ups, in small companies and large companies – and I’m still having fun."