Frank da Cruz was formerly Director of Communications Software Development at Columbia University and is known for his work on the Kermit Project. Da Cruz was born in 1944 in Washington D.C. and grew up in rural Virginia. He became increasingly interested in computer programming after being first exposed to it in 1965 while in the army. He attended Columbia University as a student starting in 1966 and received a BS in Sociology. Da Cruz worked as an employee and faculty member at Columbia University from 1974 to 2011. As an employee at Columbia, da Cruz worked on a 30-year project creating a file transfer and management protocol, known as the Kermit Project. After da Cruz was laid off in June 2011, the Kermit Project also came to an end.