Alex Hsia serves as the lead Network Engineer and Architect for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado.  Alex is responsible for making sure weather data moves easily across the country and that the right people have access to it. His networking expertise has provided NOAA with many advancements in public information dissemination and next generation networking technologies.

A participant of Westnet since 2001, he appreciates the other form of networking that occurs at the biennial meetings.  He also enjoys learning about new technologies from peers that are second to none in the higher education and research communities. He always gives back to the IT and networking community and has a passion to bring technology to rural areas especially schools.  

Always tinkering, Alex undertook countless numbers of projects both at work and at home as a direct result of knowledge he gleaned while interacting with others at the Westnet meetings.  He is an avid cyclist, triathlete, and loving husband and father who loves to go hiking in Boulder with his family and dog Percy. In his spare time, he also works on his 1991 Mazda Miata, flies quadcopters and participates in Ironman challenges.

With over twenty years of experience in networking, Alex supports the entire Department of Commerce (DoC) campus in Boulder that houses laboratories for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as well as NOAA.  Before joining NOAA, Alex was a captain in the Air Force. He has participated in many metro and regional networking activities, including the Boulder Research and Administrative Network (BRAN), the Bi-State Optical Network (BiSON), the Front Range GigaPoP (FRGP) and the Western Regional Network (WRN).  Alex was also instrumental in getting NOAA connected to Internet2. The current NOAA nationwide enterprise backbone network, N-Wave, originated out of Alex’s group and he continues to serve an advisory role with that project.