Ron Esteban has been a valued member of the Operations team at CENIC for more than thirteen years. He is one of the initial group of engineers hired by CENIC, and he helped develop many of the processes and procedures that we still use today. As the Lead Engineer on Grave Shift, Ron is invaluable in both his leadership and technical expertise. He works closely with our Core Engineering team on optical planning, providing valuable insight from an Operations perspective, as well contributing his vast knowledge as a subject matter expert on DWDM technologies. It is no wonder that Ron is the first CENIC Star for 2017. Congratulations, Ron!