Prof. Farber is Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University holding secondary appointments in the Heinz College and the Engineering Public Policy Group.
He recently (2003) retired as the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems at the University of Pennsylvania where he he held appointments as Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School of Business and as a Faculty Associate of the Annenberg School of Communications.
In January 17, 2000, he was appointed to be Chief Technologist at the US Federal Communications Commission while on leave from UPenn for one year ending in early June 2001. While at UPenn, he co-directed The Penn Initiative on Markets, Technology and Policy. He was also Director of the Distributed Systems Laboratory – DSL where he managed leading edge research in Ultra High Speed Networking.
He graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1956 and then started a eleven year career at Bell Laboratories where he helped design the first electronic switching system – the ESS as well as co-designer of the programming language SNOBOL. He then went west to The Rand Corporation and to Scientific Data Systems prior to joining academia.
Prior to his appointment to the FCC, he served on the US Presidential Advisory Board on Information Technology and currently is a Member of the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council. This year he was appointed to the Advisory Council or the CISE Directorate of the National Science Foundation.
Prof. Farber is a Trustee of the Electronic Frontier Foundation — the EFF. He is a Visiting Professor of the Center for Global Communications of Japan — Glocom of the International University of Japan, a Member of the Advisory Board at the National Institute of Informatics of Japan and a Member of the Advisory Boards of both the Center for Democracy and Technology and EPIC.
He is a Fellow of both the ACM and the IEEE and was the recipient of the 1995 ACM Sigcomm Award for life long contributions to the computer communications field. He was awarded in 1997 the prestigious John Scott Award for Contributions to Humanity.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society, and served 10 years on the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board — CSTB.