Cisco Distinguished Engineer

Ralph Droms


Ralph is a Distinguished Engineer in the CTAO organization at Cisco. He is currently involved in research into the use of Information Centric Networking (ICN) in sensor networks and development of highly scalable DNS Service Discovery. Ralph is a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and is also active in the IETF, where he organized and is now co-chair of the “Extensions for Scalable DNS Service Discovery” (dnssd) working group, as well as technical advisor for the “IPv6 over Networks of Resource-constrained Nodes” (6lo) working group. He was an Internet Area Director in the IETF from 2009 to 2013. Prior to his appointment as Area Director, he organized the “Dynamic Host Configuration” (dhc) Working Group in 1989 and chaired the WG until 2009. He is responsible for many of the DHCP specifications and has authored more than 20 RFCs as well as “The DHCP Handbook”. In addition to his work in the IETF, he was a contributor to the ZigBee Alliance “ZigBee over IP” specification, editor for the IPv6 functions in the CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 specification and has contributed to other standards bodies. Before he came to Cisco, Dr. Droms was on the faculty at Bucknell and Penn State universities. He has also been on the research staff at both IBM and Burroughs (Unisys).