Chin Guok Takes on Role as ESnet’s Chief Technology Officer

Chin Guok has been named as Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Guok will lead the Planning and Innovation Department while taking on the additional role of CTO.

Guok has been with ESnet for more than 25 years and has led many innovative projects during that time. In 2006, Guok conceived and led the On-Demand Secure Circuits and Advance Reservation System (OSCARS) project which won the R&D 100 award as well as the Department of Energy Secretary’s Honor award. 

“Chin has long demonstrated leadership and innovation across the global research and experimentation ecosystem,” said Inder Monga, executive director of ESnet. “It is gratifying to see him take on this more prominent role as well as realize his technical vision and implement strategy at ESnet.” 

More recently, Guok led the design for ESnet’s next-generation network, ESnet6, which launched in early October 2022. He was also the lead in delivering the market-leading ESnet High Touch project and the in-network cache deployment, along with being deeply engaged with the SENSE/Rucio collaboration and the ExaFEL project. Guok is also a sought-after speaker internationally and most recently gave a keynote address at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) anniversary event. 

“I am honored to be asked to take on this new position at ESnet,” said Chin Guok. “ESnet has long been at the forefront of scientific networking and I am excited to have a larger role in guiding its future success.” 

Guok’s research interests include high-performance networking and network protocols, dynamic network resource provisioning, network tuning issues, and hybrid network traffic engineering. Guok received an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Arizona in 1997 and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pacific in 1991.