Originally appeared on Guest Book at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home:
May 17, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that I write these words. I first met, Stephen Squires, SLSQ, in our joint efforts in various U.S. Interagency Working Groups associated with developing the High Performance Computing & Communications (HPCC) Program in the early 1990s. The HPCC Program gave birth to many scientific and technological achievement in high-speed computing, networking, grand challenges of science and of course, the Internet. Stephen was a visionary scientist that inspired projects in academia and industry. He was a committed patriot to the advancement of U.S. scientific and technological competitiveness. He loved working at DARPA but, he also understood the importance of engaging the wider scientific community. He worked closely with the National Science Foundation to help advance academic researcher's access to parallel computers at the highest levels. He invested his own personal time and that of his talented staff at DARPA, to advance the HPCC Program. I truly believe it would not have been half as successful without Stephen's whole-hearted support.
Later on, right after 9/11 when he was at HP, he recognized the importance of Cyber Threats and took out the time to help spur interest in this vital area. Stephen gave of himself in sharing ideas. His accomplishments are hard to document as he did not write articles or research papers but, he inspired many innovations and insights by incisive questions and remarks that had a critical influence on technological and programmatic developments across many areas.
May his memory be a blessing to his family and his country - both that he so dearly loved.
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