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04/12/93

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Miller named vice chair of Smart Valley data networking project

STANFORD -- William Miller, professor of public/private management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, has been named vice chairman of Smart Valley Inc., a non-profit corporation formed to help make the region a model of new technological applications in the information age. John Young, former chief executive of Hewlett- Packard, is chairman.

Miller, president emeritus of SRI International and also a professor of computer science at Stanford, said Smart Valley was formed to facilitate and help broker the service aspects of "Joint Venture: Silicon Valley," an economic initiative to link Silicon Valley companies, government, schools, hospitals, social service agencies and the workforce through a high-speed data communications network.

Smart Valley expects to help with "jurisdictional and organizing aspects, and to help users and applications developers to capitalize on the capabilities soon to be available," Miller said. He said that he expects Stanford to be involved.

William Yundt, Stanford director of networking and communication, referred to Miller as the "grandfather of networking development" at Stanford when he was provost of the university. "The university, including its libraries and information resources organizations, could provide a rich source of information resources through Smart Valley," Yundt said, "and we hope Stanford will be an early test bed for much of the Smart Valley technology and concepts as the project moves forward."

Miller also was recently named director of the Stanford North America Forum, founded in January to conduct seminars and research on the political economy and changes in institutions that are the result of economic integration of Mexico, Canada and the United States.

Clint E. Smith, author of the 1992 book The Disappearing Border: Mexico-United States Relations, is the executive director of the North America Forum, which is part of the university's Institute for International Studies.

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