McKnight - Lee

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Lee W.McKnight is Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an Associate Professor in the iSchool (The School of Information Studies), Syracuse University; Founder and Member of the Board of Directors of Wireless Grids Corporation; as well as a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of Summerhill Biomass Systems. Lee is Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation Wireless Grids Innovation Testbed (WiGiT) project, is recipient of the 2011 TACNY Award for Technology Project of Year, and is the inventor of edgeware, a new class of software for creating ad hoc overlay network applications, known as wiglets. Lee’s research focuses on virtual markets and wireless grids, the global information economy,  national and international technology policy, and Internet governance and policy. He was an Associate Professor and Director of the Edward R. Murrow Center at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Principal Research Associate and Lecturer at MIT,  and Founder of the Internet Telephony Consortium, also at MIT.

McKnight teaches graduate and undergraduate courses such as Survey of Information Policy,  and Telecommunications Regulation at Syracuse University, and lectures in the MIT Professional Education short course, 'From Technology to Innovation: Putting Ideas to Work.' His research interests span policy, economic, business and technical aspects of the global information economy. In addition to many peer reviewed journal articles in technical and policy journals, his work includes the co-authored and co-edited books, all published by MIT press, ‘Creative Destruction: Business Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy’(2001, 2002, Japanese translation by Toyo Kezai 2003), ‘Internet Telephony’ (2001), ‘The Gordian Knot :Political Gridlock on the Information Highway’(1997, 1999) and Internet Economics (MIT Press, 1997), a path breaking work that is the first to attempt to develop metrics for economic analysis of Internet transactions.
McKnight received a Ph.D. in 1989 from MIT; an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in 1981; and a B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1978.