Jim Park became Director of Research on 1 December 1993 following the retirement of Harry Wragge.
Jim Park studied at Monash University, obtaining a B. Eng (Hons), and MESc joining Telstra (PMG at that time) on 1 March 1971.
Jim first worked in Line and Data Systems Section, on very high
speed transmission systems.
He created the Data Switching Section on 15 February 1982, in anticipation of the rise in importance of data traffic. The objective was to ensure that Telstra would have world-leading data networks and services.
Jim became the General Manager, Switching Branch on 30 March 1987. This Branch conducted some of the very early studies on ATM, particularly concerning multi-media capabilities. They developed substantial expertise in signalling systems, leading to Telstra's very success, and world-leading Intelligent Network service. They also provided a key resource in traffic engineering, leading to more cost-effective use of Telstra's networks (particularly the data networks) and developed a world-leading expertise in data network performance measurement.
Jim was strongly involved in international standards activities for data networks, and Vice Chairman of ITU-T Study Group VII.
In 1995 he moved to Siemens, and in 2000, is an Account Manager for Telstra.
Jim has twice been Australian archery Champion, many times Victorian archery champion. He is an amateur astronomer, and reads European History.
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