Phil Emer has spent more than 25 years working at the intersections of data communications, research, academia and business – splitting time between the public and private sectors. In the private sector, Phil worked as an engineer with IBM, as a technology executive with venture-backed Carolina Broadband and as a technology director with not-for-profit MCNC. In the public sector, Phil directed voice, video, and data communications at NC State University and now serves as Director of Technology Planning and Policy at the Friday Institute, where he leads the NC Education Cloud initiative funded under the NC Race to the Top grant. Phil serves on the Architecture Review Board of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and on the board of the Wireless Research Center of NC. Phil holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in computer engineering from NC State University.