After a brief and unexpected illness, NANOG's friend and colleague Abha Ahuja, 28, passed away on October 20, 2001. Abha's engineering and operations work on behalf of the Internet had a profound influence in the areas of ISP coordination, routing, statistical analysis, and performance measurement.
Active in ARIN, RIPE, APNIC, AfNOC, the IRTF, the Internet Society, and other organizations, Abha was a Senior Research Engineer at Arbor Networks in Ann Arbor, and Director of the Routing Area at IETF. Previously she was a member of the Internet Engineering group at Merit Network and a Senior Network Engineer at Internap Network Services.
On behalf of the INET Developing Countries Workshops, Abha taught many hands-on networking classes for new engineers in Africa and Asia, and worked closely with her colleagues to promote good routing practices worldwide.
Abha received her B.S.E. in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Michigan, and was pursuing a Master's/Ph.D. in Computer Science Engineering at the time of her death.
In October 2002, a scholarship fund was established in Abha's name. Donations to the "Abha Ahuja Women in Science in Engineering" fund will benefit students at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. We hope her memory and this scholarship fund helps encourage a new generation of women to join our engineering and NANOG ranks.
If you would like to contribute to the fund, please send a check payable to "University of Michigan College of Engineering" to the following address:
Lurie Engineering Center
University of Michigan
1221 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI
Checks should include the notation "Abha Ahuja Memorial Scholarship Fund."
For application and details please visit www.engin.umich.edu/students/ or contact the Engineering Scholarship Office at 647-7113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to include the following:
- normal contact info
- describing self (briefly)
- why you need and deserve scholarship
- what you will do with any knowledge accidentally gained when you get home (i.e. leverage in your local community).