FCC names Douglas Sicker chief technologist

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Wednesday that Douglas Sicker will become chief technologist for the commission.

Sicker will be housed in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis and will advise the commission on technical issues. Currently an associate computer science professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Sicker previously served as chief of the network technology division at the FCC.

"I am delighted that Dr. Sicker is returning to provide the FCC with his broad and deep knowledge about the communications networks and technologies of today and tomorrow," Genachowski said in a statement. "His technical expertise will help the FCC pursue policies that spur investment, create jobs, promote innovation, and advance our nation's global technology leadership."

Sicker has also worked at Level 3 Communications and served on the Technical Advisory Council of the FCC. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.