FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently announced that Douglas Sicker will be the FCC’s new chief technologist in the near future.

Sicker currently is an associate professor in the computer-science department — with a joint appointment in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program — at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Previously, he was director of global architecture at Level 3 Communications and chief of the FCC’s network technology division.

“I am delighted that Dr. Sicker is returning to provide the FCC with his broad and deep knowledge about the communications networks and technologies of today and tomorrow,” Genachowski said in a prepared statement. “His technical expertise will help the FCC pursue policies that spur investment, create jobs, promote innovation, and advance our nation’s global technology leadership.”

Sicker will succeed Jon Peha as the FCC’s chief technologist in the near future, according to FCC sources.