Gerald R. Ash


Gerald R. Ash
Gerald R. Ash
Paterson, NJ, USA
Associated organizations
Bell Labs
Fields of study
IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal


Gerald R. Ash is Supervisor of Traffic Network Design at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. Dr. Ash joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1972, and in 1976 became supervisor of the Routing Studies Group: a group responsible for studies and analyses which led to the development of dynamic nonhierarchical routing (DNHR). In 1981 he took on his present responsibility for AT&T network evolution which includes traffic engineering for integrated services digital networks, real-time network control, and reliable network design. He has been closely involved with the implementation of DNHR in the AT&T long distance network, and in 1984 he was named an AT&T Bell laboratories Fellow for his contributions in this area.

Dr. Ash was born in Paterson, New Jersey on August 1, 1942. He received his B.S. degree from Rutgers University in 1964, and went on to complete his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the California Institute of Technology in 1965 and 1969, all in electrical engineering. At Caltech his thesis research involved the optimal control of interplanetary space vehicles. Following his graduation he spent two years in United States Army Signal Corps, where he attained the rank of Captain. In the Army he supervised the introduction of electronic sensor technology to field units throughout Vietnam, and was involved in the development of error correcting code technology at the U.S. Army Satellite Communications Agency, Fort Monmouth, NJ .

Gerald Ash has been a member of the IEEE for over 20 years. He was co-organizer and co-chairman of a special ICC session on routing in telecommunications networks, and has participated in numerous International Teletraffic Congresses as author and session chairman. He has addressed special international meetings of the ITU and ITC on intelligent routing strategies and integrated network design. He is author of over 20 articles and technical papers, and holds two patents.

Dr. Ash won a New Jersey State Science Scholarship in a state-wide competition. He was presented the Old Queens Medal and the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Award at Rutgers University, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his Vietnam Service. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Thu Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi.

Gerald Ash is a former Director of the Freehold, New Jersey Jaycees, and recipient of the Best Community Service Project Award for three consecutive years. He sang for many years in his church choir. Dr. Ash and his wife, Marilyn, currently live in a 100-year old Victorian house in New Jersey, and have a son and two daughters, ages 14-21. His outside interests include refinishing antique furniture, golf, tennis, and ham radio.

Dr. Ash is co-recipient of the 1989 Alexander Graham Bell Medal, along with Billy B. Oliver, ´For contributions to the conceptions and implementation of Dynamic Nonhierarchical Routing (DNHR) in telecommunications networks.´