Abha Ahuja Bursary Award

Abha Ahuja Background Information

Abha Ahuja

Abha Ahuja was involved and committed to many activities in the Internet community. Her presence and her warmth affected those around her. Abha died on October 20, 2001. Her presence will be and has been sorely missed. In memory and recognition of her contribution, and thanks to the generosity of an anonomous donor and Verisign, the Abha Ahuja Fellowship Award has been established, to allow engineers from developing economies to attend an international Network Operators Group (NOG) meeting and/or a Regional Internet Registry (RIR) meeting.

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After a brief and unexpected illness, NANOG's friend and colleague Abha Ahuja, 28, passed away on October 20, 2001. Abha's engineering and operations work on behalf of the Internet had a profound influence in the areas of ISP coordination, routing, statistical analysis, and performance measurement.

Active in ARIN, RIPE, APNIC, AfNOC, the IRTF, the Internet Society, and other organizations, Abha was a Senior Research Engineer at Arbor Networks in Ann Arbor, and Director of the Routing Area at IETF. Previously she was a member of the Internet Engineering group at Merit Network and a Senior Network Engineer at Internap Network Services.

On behalf of the INET Developing Countries Workshops, Abha taught many hands-on networking classes for new engineers in Africa and Asia, and worked closely with her colleagues to promote good routing practices worldwide.

From Kobi Hsu:

Abha made a strong impression on everyone she met. Active in IETF, NANOG, ARIN, RIPE, APNIC, AFNOG, the IRTF, the Internet Society, and other organizations, she touched people all over the globe.

With the creation of a list for women in networking, her influence extends to this day, bringing together people for collaboration and community.

She was greatly loved, and she is greatly missed.


Abha was a valued member of the global Internet engineering community and a friend of APNIC.

Results of her research were presented frequently at APNIC meetings and in other forums and have helped to build a greater understanding of operational issues.

Abha was involved in many activities and showed a deep commitment to Internet community development.

She will be missed.