Phil Emer has spent over 25 years working at the intersections of information technology, research, academia and business – splitting time between the public and private sectors. In the private sector Phil worked as an engineer with IBM, as a technology executive with venture-backed Carolina Broadband and on the leadership team with not-for-profit MCNC. In the public sector Phil directed voice, video, and data communications at NC State University and served as Director of Technology with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. He is currently Director of Technology Planning and Policy at the Friday Institute, where he has been a leader on the School Connectivity Initiative, the NC Education Cloud, the NC Digital Learning Plan, and School Business Systems Modernization. Phil focuses on the planning, implementation and design of complex infrastructure systems and the processes and organizations needed to sustain them.
Phil has served on the NC eLearning Commission, the advisory board of the Institute for Next Generation IT Systems, the Governor’s Innovation Council, and the architecture review board of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Currently, he serves on the Board of the Wireless Research Center of NC.
Phil earned a B.S. in electrical engineering at Virginia Tech and an M.S. in computer engineering at NC State University.