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Congratulations to Derrell Lipman—The 2006 Distinguished Alumnus

May 11, 2007

Pacific congratulates Derrell Lipman in being selected as the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus for the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Derrell completed the BS in Computer Science in 1983. He immediately began an entrepreneurial career that made him a critical force in computer start-up companies. After working at the small start-up company, Data Integration, for about one year following graduation, Derrell developed his own consulting company, where he provided operating system and compiler development expertise to his clients. In 1986, Derrell joined one of those clients, Retix, developing network protocol software, and eventually moving to the position of Systems Architect where he managed key product development teams. With Derrell's engineering skills and product management, Retix opened branches around the world and became a leader in its field.

In 1993, Derrell returned to consulting, developing some of the key software components for the Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) network that had been contracted by AT&T. He also was a key contributor to the architecture and development of EMSD, the Efficient Mail Submission and Delivery protocol, and ESRO, Efficient Short Remote Operations, both used for reducing bandwidth requirements for wireless devices. In 2001, Derrell joined with two other innovative designers to create the startup company Backlot Technologies. The company has developed LifeLine DVD, an intelligent backup appliance. Experts anticipate worldwide adoption of the product by a wide range of small businesses who need automated backup/ restore capabilities that can operate without the services of an IT professional.

As an alumnus of Pacific, Derrell has proven to be a lifelong supporter and promoter of the university. At each point in his career, Derrell has actively encouraged Pacific students, hired them whenever possible, and helped train and promote them.

While a student at Pacific, Derrell was a member of the Omega Phi Alpha fraternity. As with the Computer Science Department, he continues support for the fraternity, having served as president, vice president, and treasurer of the Omega Phi Alpha Corporation.

Derrell and his wife Shelley live in Billerica, Massachusetts, with their charming five-year-old daughter, Kara, who keeps them busy and very happy! Derrell enjoys flying his Grumman Tiger airplane, submission wrestling, and amateur radio. He has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol for the past seventeen years, and, nine years ago, founded a CAP squadron, which has grown and prospered under his leadership.

With numerous CAP emergency services ratings, Derrell has participated in many actual search and rescue and disaster relief missions, including the search for John F. Kennedy Jr. and recovery from the September 11th attacks. Derrell enjoys teaching search and rescue techniques, and his love of teaching has extended to mentoring many CAP cadets in both CAP and scholastic subjects.

Congratulations again, Derrell.

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