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Alumni Spotlight: Steve Olshansky

Steve Olshansky, Interdisciplinary Telecom Program Alumnus

Steve Olshansky is Trust & Identity Program Lead for the Internet Society, a global organization that is a trusted independent source for Internet policy, technology standards, and future development. The Internet Society is dedicated to ensuring that the Internet stays open, transparent and defined by its users, and is the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Prior to joining the Internet Society in 2014, Steve was Director, Federated Technologies for Internet2. He was with Internet2 for 12 years, managing a variety of projects related to increasing trust and security and reducing friction for online business, education, and collaboration. In this context he was especially focused on privacy, digital identity, and federated identity and access management, including software development, best practices, and policy guidance. Prior to his tenure with Internet2, he was a consultant in eBusiness and online training and education, a content and business developer for IP services at US WEST, and a founding board member of a leading community network in the mid-90s.

He served as the technical editor for the HP Security Handbook, and was the lead editor for the OASIS Electronic Identity Credential Trust Elevation Methods (Trust Elevation) Technical Committee "Electronic Identity Credential Trust Elevation Framework Version 1.0."


Steve holds a BA in Political Science from Colorado College, and a MS Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of ACM and a Senior Member of IEEE.

In 2006, the University of Colorado Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program awarded him an Alumni Excellence Award for "Commitment to Thought Research."