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Juniper Networks Recognized with NJTC’s Master Technology Company Award for 2016

by Juniper Employee on ‎11-21-2016 06:00 AM

Last week, a few NJ-based employees were honored to accept the Master Technology Company of the Year Award from the New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC) on behalf of Juniper Networks at NJTC’s annual awards celebration.


The Master Technology Award is presented to a company that has demonstrated long-term growth and profitability, has had a substantial impact on industry and market, has advanced industry standards and is an outstanding corporate citizen. Juniper was recognized with this award as one of the region’s top companies for our accomplishments in collaborations, partnerships and innovation. This is the second time we have received this award within a 4-year span, and our nomination was based largely on our achievements with OpenLab.


Four years ago, Juniper opened its flagship OpenLab Junos Center for Innovation in New Jersey. We sought to spur collaboration and enable customers, partners, universities and other parties to develop new, innovative networking solutions through hands-on education. Fast forward to today, and we’ve hosted thousands of visitors, held over 150 tech training sessions and organized eight SDN “Throwdowns”, which are hands-on educational workshops and hackathon experiences. All of these events were developed and delivered in conjunction with our customers. Notable industry players, such as Akamai, Amdocs, Sonus Networks, OneConfig and others, have all leveraged our assets for solutions development.


As a conduit for innovation and collaboration, OpenLab has provided Juniper’s customers and partners, universities and others with lab assets where they have the opportunity to use Juniper’s products firsthand to find solutions to network challenges. Earlier this year, for example, Juniper and Comcast hosted an SDN Throwdown for eight universities across two continents. TELUS, CENGN and Juniper also partnered on a program in Ottawa for 30 students. Participating students had the opportunity to learn about software-defined network technology by working on a real-world business challenge, fostering skills transformation and arming future IT leaders.



We are truly thrilled that we’ve been recognized this year by NJTC for these accomplishments. Given the overwhelming response to our New Jersey OpenLab location, this year we announced the expansion of OpenLab to six additional sites worldwide, including Amsterdam, London, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney and our Silicon Valley location. We are excited to grow our OpenLab Program to further increase the footprint of our impact and continue to spark innovation worldwide.


For more information on OpenLab and its programs, please reference

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About the Author
  • Brad Minnis, CPP is the Senior Director of Corporate Environmental, Health, Safety & Security for Juniper Networks, Inc. based in Sunnyvale, CA, where he is responsible for strategic design, implementation and management of the company’s security, safety, environment, crisis management and business continuity functions. He also leads the company’s efforts in corporate citizenship and sustainability, and manages the Corporation’s government-related security programs. Mr. Minnis has over 30 years experience in the Silicon Valley and has managed EHSS operations for a number of high tech companies, including Juniper Networks, 3Com Corporation, and National Semiconductor Corporation. Mr. Minnis’ specialties include security management, supply chain and product integrity, anti-counterfeit, occupational health and safety and crisis management. In his role as Cyber Incident Response Team Leader for Juniper, Mr. Minnis has managed numerous high impact cyber-related incidents and cross-functional responses. Mr. Minnis served for ten years in the United States Navy and has served in leadership positions the International Security Management Association (ISMA) and ASIS International, serving as Chairman of the San Francisco Chapter in 2003. He has also co-written several publications on software integrity assurance and supply chain security with organizations such as SAFECode. Mr. Minnis is certified as a Protection Professional by the Professional Certification Board of ASIS International and attended the University of Connecticut, where he received two certificates in Environmental, Health and Safety
  • Jerry oversees all aspects of OpenLab which serves as a catalyst to spark the development of new innovative software applications or solutions that leverage the power of SDN/network programmability and intelligence. OpenLab is unique within Juniper and with its polished facility, globally accessible lab, and educational programs – such as the SDN “hackathons,” it serves as a tool for customer, partners, and academia. Prior to this position, Jerry led the development, management and marketing of the company’s strategic partnerships for video/unified communications, optical networking, and content/media delivery. In addition to handling the day-to-day oversight of the partnerships, he established new cross-partner go-to-market processes to drive and manage joint field opportunities. Before joining Juniper, Jerry led the Lucent Technologies application hosting/service provider marketing organization. He has over 25 years of experience in the data networking field with a focus on strategic alliance development, marketing, and technical field support. Jerry possesses a BS degree in Computer Science from St. John’s University in New York. He is active as a Juniper ambassador within the technology and academic community which includes advisory board positions with both NJIT and Rutgers in New Jersey.
  • I have been at Juniper Networks since 2004, focused on Corporate Communications (media relations, analyst relations, customer reference progam) for the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. I have worked in the networking industry since 1988.
  • Stacey runs the Juniper Foundation and Community Engagement program at Juniper Networks and is responsible for ensuring Juniper’s philanthropic efforts engage and inspire Juniper colleagues while illustrating Juniper’s vision, culture and social responsibility in action. For more than a decade, the Juniper Networks Foundation Fund has awarded millions of dollars in grants to deserving organizations that are making a meaningful difference around the world. Stacey served as Juniper’s Sr. Director of Internal Communications for more than eight years, having built the function from the ground up bringing together a team of skilled professionals to create best-practice programs and processes to support the company’s rapid growth. For five years while managing Internal Communications, Stacey partnered with cross-functional stakeholders to direct Juniper’s philanthropic work including the Juniper Foundation, the matching gifts program and disaster relief efforts. She also led efforts to identify and establish Juniper’s first signature partnership with Not For Sale, a global leader in the fight against human trafficking. Stacey’s leadership has garnered many honors for Juniper’s philanthropic work, including most recently the Abolition Award from NFS in recognition of Juniper’s support of the global movement to end slavery, the 2012 “Impact” award from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and an invitation to Juniper to join such iconic brands as Coca Cola, Microsoft, Manpower, Nestlé, as founding member of Global Business Coalition against Human Trafficking (GBCAHT) announced by President Obama in 2012. Prior to joining Juniper, she held roles at Cisco in executive communication and PR working with the CEO and the company’s leadership team, as well as at Intel in Broadcast PR supporting the CEO and other top executives. Also during her career, she has held executive communication roles supporting the CEOs at Cadence and Openwave. In her spare time, she’s a workout enthusiast and enjoys yoga, martial arts, swimming and spinning.