The Center's organizational structure is typical of a research center, including a governing structure, project managers, individual researchers, and advisors. External advisors have included Irving Wladawsky-Berger, an IBM General Manager, Rick Stevens, Associate Director of Argonne National Laboratory, Tom DeFanti, of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of California at San Diego, Bill St. Arnaud of CANARIE, and Kees Neggers of SURFnet.
Projects at the Center are undertaken by Fellows, Research Associates, Visiting Scientists, Visiting Engineers, Visiting Scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students, including researchers from Northwestern, other universities, research centers, national laboratories, and corporate research centers.
Each mission area (Advanced Applications, Advanced Network Middleware, Advanced Infrastructure, and Public Policy Initiatives) has a number of associated individuals and technical specialists. A number of corporate research associates have been residents at the Center, including Brian Carpenter from IBM, who is now the Director of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). David Martin, Program Manager, Internet Standards and Technology for IBM, is a current Research Associate at iCAIR. He is also a member of the Grid Forum Steering Group, Open Grid Forum (OGF), and he actively participates in many IETF working groups.
The Center works with faculty at Northwestern, which is organized around professional schools, has extremely skilled and knowledgeable faculty in many disciplines whose research and expertise are influencing advanced Internet development. These areas include network research in computer science, computer engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, photonics, business, biosciences, medical sciences, genomics, high energy physics, health care, physical sciences, educational technologies, telecommunication policy, journalism, and media.
The Center also works on many collaborative projects with researchers nationally and internationally.