The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced the 2008 recipients of its prestigious SCTE Emerging Technologies Awards at its Conference on in Los Angeles on January 15, 2008. Greg Griffis of received the IP Innovator Award, sponsored by .The IP Innovator Award recognizes an SCTE member who, as an engineer or a manager, has displayed innovative achievement and creativity in the advancement and development of IP networking.Griffis, a senior network design engineer who focuses on designs for the backbone with Cox Business Services and Cox Digital Telephone, is an expert in IP/MPLS networking technology. Among other accomplishments, he designed the policy that allowed Cox’s packet-switched network to be used as a converged transport for real-time voice, video, business VPN and high-speed Internet, and he aligned the Cox organization to support this initiative across all access, metro and backbone networks.“He simply understands the big picture,” said Jon Dill, VP of cable sales for Juniper, who presented Griffis the award.Griffis, son of Billy and Eileen Griffis, is a 1994 graduate of Statesboro High School. He graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech in 1999 with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. Griffis currently resides in Rowell, GA with his wife, Ellie, and two young sons, Drew and Will.