Hall of Fame 2016

Earl “Skip” Booth III

Mr. Earl H. Booth earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from NC State University in 1993. Upon graduation he began his career at IBM working in the Personal Computing and Networking Hardware divisions, establishing a strong foundation in both hardware and software engineering. In 1999, Mr. Booth joined Cisco Systems, working out of their RTP, NC campus. He continues to work there today, holding the title of Distinguished Engineer. Over his career, he has helped pioneer many of the core technologies and products across Cisco’s routing and switching portfolio. His roles have included both system architect and technical director, providing leadership for projects spanning hundreds of engineers.

Mr. Booth helps drive Cisco’s research engagements with academia as well, setting the course for future innovation, partnering with academia to enable the research and applying the results into Cisco’s product roadmap. As a part of that responsibility, Mr. Booth has remained active at NC State in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, working with the faculty on research initiatives, curriculum reviews, guest lectures and student internships. Mr. Booth has authored several IETF RFCs and Academic Publications and currently holds 17 Patents.