Douglas E. Van Houweling


Honorary Degree (2017)
Doctor of Humane Letters
Undergraduate Commencement
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie
Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (2008)
Dinner at Lilly House
Location: Indianapolis
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie


Douglas E. Van Houweling, whose contributions changed the course of how universities access the internet. He worked extensively with IU administrators and faculty in the development of the Internet2 project, which leads higher education's continuing role in internet development.

Van Houweling's leadership in the creation of the Internet2 project, as well as the Abilene network, has proved essential in the growth of information technology on college campuses and the manner in which universities access the internet. Through Internet2, universities have the abundant network capacity required for massive data sets.
Van Houweling earned his Ph.D. in government from IU Bloomington in 1974 under the guidance of his advisor, Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom. He has served higher education for 34 years in academic and administrative positions at Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Michigan and most recently at the nonprofit University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development.