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ITP graduates work in many fields such as finance, healthcare, high tech, Internet-based businesses, and utilities, including but not limited to telecommunications. And of course, ITP grads work for communication companies such as Level 3 Communications, Cisco, Juniper Networks; Internet-based companies such as Google, Facebook, eBay; and many more.
Employers are asking us for graduating students, and we can’t give them enough. Students coming out of ITP are getting multiple job offers in the US as well as offers from companies and agencies in other countries. Students can work for virtually any company. In networking, security, and energy in particular there’s a huge demand for employees and not enough supply. It’s an exciting time.
Pankaj Agrawal is currently a Product Manager with SpectraLink Corporation in Boulder, Colorado. In this position, he is responsible for Quality of Service and Security issues of Wireless VoIP products. In the past, he has also worked for Level 3 Communications, Time Warner Telecom, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration/Institute for Telecommunication Science in Boulder.
His areas of interest include Voice over IP, networking, security and project management. He is a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance, Voice Over Wi-Fi Marketing Task Group and the Project Management Institute. In 2004, Pankaj was awarded Certificate of Appreciation for Leadership, Service & Contribution to Student Community by the Leeds School of Business. He is also an American Red Cross Certified Community CPR & First Aid responder.
Pankaj's educational background includes a BS in Business in Information Systems and an MS in Telecommunications from CU, Boulder 2005. He holds industry certifications like Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Sun Certified Java Programmer, Cisco Certified Network Associate, and Project Management Professional (PMP) among others.
In 1971, the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program began as a dream of Professors George Codding and Frank Barnes. They had a dream and a plan, but no students for the program...that's where Sharon Black came in. When Professor Codding recruited Ms. Black, the term "telecommunications", as we use it today, did not exist. Her initial response was, "Tele-what?" But Ms. Black soon learned the wide range of opportunities awaiting her in this budding industry.
Throughout her 35 years in the telecom industry Ms. Black has had experience in multiple facets of the business. Her education with ITP paved the way to a position with the U.S. Department of Commerce consulting with the U.S. Congress, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the State Department. Ms. Black also had the opportunity to help deploy our nation's first Automated Teller Machine network with Norwest Banks. Throughout her career, she has been appointed to several leadership positions to drive companies closer to the leading edge of technology for voice, data, satellite, microwave, fiber and CATV systems. Partly as a result of her interdisciplinary background, Ms. Black was inspired to return to school to get her law degree. Today Ms. Black runs her own international law firm.
On ITP, Ms. Black recalls, "In my opinion, it is among the preeminent programs in the U.S. I say that less as an alumna and more because of ITP's extensive 'hands-on' laboratory, technical courses and continued interdisciplinary focus." In September of 2006, Ms. Black presented a history of ITP and how it has affected her life to the Seminar class (TLEN 5600).
Martha Buyer is an attorney who practices telecommunications law. Her clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small family-owned businesses where she has provided a range of telecommunications consulting and legal services, primarily geared to support corporate end-users, work with carriers and equipment providers, as well as landlords of wireless providers. She has also worked extensively with innovative BLECs (building local exchange carriers) to not only ensure compliance with applicable regulation, but to enable them to provide cost-effective services to commercial and residential tenants and owners. Most recently, she has represented landlords who provide rooftop access to wireless carriers.
She currently writes a monthly column for the New York Daily Record, and continues to be a contributor to Business Communications Review. Formerly, she was the legal columnist for Computer Telephony and its successor Communications Convergence, and she has further contributed to a number of other widely subscribed industry publications. She is admitted to practice in New York, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Ms. Buyer, who is an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate School at Regis University in Denver, is a graduate of Colgate University, the University of Colorado's Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, and the Law School at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1996 she was selected by Business First to receive the "40 Under Forty" award for community involvement and leadership. She has offices in both East Aurora, NY, and Boulder, CO. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Courtney Cowgill has over 25 years of business experience, including three years in an international accounting firm, two years in Internal Audit and almost nine years in a financial role for a variety of companies. Additional work experience includes processing operations for a credit card company and an agency of the Federal government, controller and CFO for residential and commercial construction companies, Operational Director of an architecture firm and Field Accounting Officer for the Resolution Trust Company. In her last position, she served as the Executive Director of Program Management for AT&T Broadband Advanced Engineering Group. Courtney was the Program Manager for the Interactive Television Project and the Digital Television national launch. Courtney has supervised groups from 5 to 400 professionals at any one time in her working career.
Courtney is very active with several local and national non-profit organizations.
Courtney has received several awards and professional recognition during her professional career.
Paul Daubitz has over 40 years experience in the management, planning policymaking and solution development of large information technology applications. During this time he has been a leader in the design, specification and implementation of state of the art Telecommunication Systems. He has extensive experience in the deployment and management of major telecommunications voice, data, fiber optic, cable infrastructure, wireless, call centers and networks. He has been an expert witness before The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, The Federal Communications Commission and other State and Federal Jurisdictions.
He started his career with New England Telephone where he held positions in the marketing Department and with the Corporate General Staff. For over five years Mr. Daubitz was telecommunications manager and planner for the Massachusetts State Government. In that position he was responsible for creating the State's Office of Telecommunications. His duties involved overall responsibility for all telecommunication services including telephone, data, radio and microwave. He implemented the Commonwealth's administrative Network which has grown to be the largest such network in New England.
He is a Past President and member of the Society of Telecommunications Consultants. He also maintains memberships in the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) and BICSI a telecommunications association that specializes in wiring distribution, infrastructure and networks. He is a sought-after lecturer, an accomplished author and contributor to publications such as Service Level News Letter, Business Communications Review, Network World, The Office and Communications News. His books include The Public Managers Phone Book and The Complete Guide to Buying a Telephone System.
Mr. Daubitz is the recipient of a Boys Town Extraordinary Merit Award, for his outstanding service in assisting with their telecommunications needs. Mr. Daubitz received the first Outstanding Alumni Award from the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado.
Josh Dickman is a consultant for Accenture's infrastructure network technology group focusing on data network and contact center technology architecture, implementation and operations. Since 2000, he has worked in all major US industries (financial services, resources, government, healthcare and pharmaceutical) with various assignments (network assessment, enterprise network transformation, convergence, call center / telephony and wireless) for numerous clients throughout the US and the world.
Prior to joining Accenture, Josh worked for IBM Global Services in a network operational support organization while attending college.
Sukumar Dwarkanath currently serves the Technical Director of COMCARE, a national advocacy coalition of 100 member organizations dedicated to advancing emergency response.
Mr. Dwarkanath is responsible for the strategic technical direction of COMCARE with a focus on architecture and standards for information sharing in emergency response communications. He has considerable experience in information exchange and sharing initiatives at the federal, state and local government levels and among the different domains in emergency response. He has co-authored and contributed to numerous national emergency data standards, federal reports, and technical articles on interoperability and information sharing.
Prior to joining COMCARE he served as a Research Assistant to Dale Hatfield, on the Wireless E911 Report, instituted by the Federal Communications Commission. The report included an analysis and review of the issues affecting enhanced wireless E911 deployment in the US. He served as a consultant to Global Locate on the profile for location based services in the Asian markets. In addition, he has considerable experience in various areas of telecommunications and information technology, including current and emerging technologies.
He received a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore University, India.
Michael Firlie is a 1992 graduate of the ITP program and is a Managing Partner of EDEL Consulting GmbH, based in Zurich, Switzerland, which he co-owns with his wife, Leslie (Zimmer) Firlie, also a 1992 graduate of the ITP program. EDEL Consulting provides international OSS and defense telecommunications expertise; concentrating in strategy development, system integration and project management services. While at CU, Michael wrote his thesis on the rebuilding of the telecom infrastructure of the Czech Republic, while working at the Austria Academy of Science in Vienna, Austria.
Michael has been consulting in Europe since 2003 in the field of telecommunications. He oversaw business development for Spirent Communications, a global test and measurement Company based in the UK, where he was responsible for the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Most recently, he served as Deputy Program Director of the OSS/BSS Integration Program for SITA, a global provider of telecom services to airlines worldwide, based in Geneva, Switzerland. He has worked as a research analyst for Frost & Sullivan in the area of defense communications and is a member of the Gerson Lehrman Council of Advisors.
In 2004, Michael retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army after 20 years of service. In his last assignment, he served as U.S. Exchange Officer to the German Army, Deputy Director for Communications Operations. Prior to that Michael served in various positions in the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82d Airborne Division where he deployed to such locations as Somalia and Haiti.
In addition to an MS in Telecommunications from CU, Michael also holds a BS in Accounting from Frostburg State in Maryland. He is also a graduate of the US Army's Command & General Staff College, the DoD's Joint Forces Staff College, and the Defense Language Institute.
Ilse Gayl is co-founder, president, and CEO of OneRain Inc., providing the highest quality information on rainfall and its consequences to agencies with mission critical, high value applications. OneRain provides professional and real-time environmental data services directly and through engineering firm channel partners to primarily government clients. Headquartered in Longmont, CO, with offices in Orangevale, CA and Alexandria, VA, OneRain is a 12-year-old privately held company.
She holds a BA in psychology, an MA in experimental psychology and an MS in telecommunications from the University of Colorado. In addition to her other educational accomplishments, Ilse received her commercial pilot rotorcraft-helicopter rating.
Ahmad Bilal Hasan is amongst the few Pakistani International students who paved the way for many other talented students from Pakistan to the Telecommunications program. Initially Bilal was accepted as a Masters student in the Telecommunications program but, later he enrolled in the Masters Program of Engineering Management and graduated as a dual degree student.
Studying at CU enabled him to make a strong association with department's staff, professors, senior students, International student office, Telecomm Student Organization (TSO), career services, environmental center, International festivals and travel internationally to gain the visibility/knowledge for himself, his department and an inspiration for new incoming students.
During his stay at the University, he uncompromisingly worked with well renowned professors at CU boulder. His research work with Prof. Rick Han and Prof. Tom Lookabaugh on Mobile ad-hoc Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) is published and presented in one of the most prestigious Conferences of computer systems within and outside of United States.
Bilal believes that ITP is an excellent podium which not only provides the opulent opportunities for an incoming student to build up a solid technological background but also obligates to attain the in-depth understanding of business needs, feasibility and policy aspects of demanding technology projects.
In order to advance the business development skills, Bilal enrolled in Engineering Management Program as a Masters student at CU campus. The CU Engineering Management Program is highly exigent and rewarding in its nature. The top notch faculty, course work and educational facilities provide an excellent frame work to the students to evaluate and refine their management, leadership and entrepreneur skills. In the Management Program, he was actively involved in team projects (business plan preparation), case studies (unsafe supplier, child labor), class debates and seminars. He enrolled himself in the newly introduced courses of EM program to get the unique experience to enhance his Business Analysis skills.
Currently he is working at Qualcomm as a Modem System Test engineer. He is a core member of the modem field performance analysis team of North America region. His areas of expertise are WCDMA modem performance improvement for high-end cellular technologies particularly HSDPA, HSUPA and R99. His group is responsible for WCDMA & GSM competitive field testing for R99, HSDPA, HSUPA and GSM networks on various engineering build releases. He also assists in test plan development, log analysis and final competitive reporting for entire field test activity. His job responsibilities also involves the in depth log analysis to enhance the performance of the UE from cell reselection, handovers and throughput prospective. Qualcomm is the world’s renowned leading group of cellular modem design.
Before joining the graduate school, he worked as a Design Engineer in the Design Engineering Department of Syed Bhais Pvt. Ltd. He was a core member of the design team who was primarily involved in energy metering hardware & software design, automation and training projects. Bilal developed the program manager (software for programming the meter) and automation manager (calibration software) for poly-phase static energy meters. He was also involved in the PCB designing of different boards. Moreover, he was one of the key speakers in the various training sessions of WAPDA (Water and Power Regulatory authority). He received the Certificate of Excellence 2004-2005 from Syed Bhias.
Bilal served as a Research Associate in KICS, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, where he was involved in the schematics and PCB design of 4-layer Multi-Channel Digital Radio.
During and after his undergraduate studies, Bilal worked almost four years with Prof. Shahid Bokhari (fellow of ACM & IEEE). Prof. Bokhari (a well renowned Pakistani researcher) has been a visiting scholar at university of Colorado at Boulder (currently Professor at Ohio State University). Bilal was also involved in the design & development of the new Linux based Computer Lab for Electrical Engineering Department of UET and was the Network Administrator of Linux based Computer Laboratory for two years under the supervision of Professor Bokhari. He received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore in 2002.
Colonel Barry R. Hensley is a native of Hinesville, Georgia and began his Army career at Fort Huachuca Arizona where he served as a Platoon Leader for the 526th Signal Company, 86th Signal Battation. He was then assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo (Honduras) where he served as the Systems Control Officer and Executive Officer. He later returned to Fort Huachuca as the Assistant S-3 of the 86th Signal Battalion and then as a Brigade Engineering Officer for the 11th Signal Brigade. In August 1990, Colonel Hensley deployed on operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM and was responsible for the network management of the Theater's Echelon above Corps (EAC)network.
After graduating from the Signal Officer's Advanced Course in February of 2002, Colonel Hensley was assigned to the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE), MacDill AFB, Florida. He assumed command of B Company JCSE deploying on numerous operations to include SOUTHERN WATCH in support of Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) in Kuwait and RESTORE HOPE in support of the JTF-Headquarters in Somalia. Following his command, he served as the Chief of Plans and Engineering.
COL Hensley graduated from the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in June of 1997 where he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He served as the 124th Signal Battalion Operations Officer (S3) and then the Division's Automation Management Officer. He participated in many key exercises that were the enabler for the First Digital Division to include the DAWE, MCS IOT&E, and FBCB2 LUT.
Colonel Hensley was assigned to United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in July of 1999. He served as Enterprise Systems Division Chief responsible for the operations and maintenance of the USSOCOM world-wide SOF C4I network (SCAMPI) which included communications support to Special Operations Forces deployed on operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Colonel Hensley assumed command of the 57th Signal Battalion part of the 3rd Signal Brigade at Fort Hood Texas on 11 July 2002. In January of 2004 he deployed the battalion to Iraq in support the Multi National Corps and the Multi National Force. COL Hensley commanded the 57th Signal Battalion for three years relinquishing command on 9 June 2005.
Colonel Hensley is now serving as the Director of Current Operations (J33) for Joint Task Force - Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO). JTF-GNO directs the operation and defense of the Department of Defense's Global Information Grid.
He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1986 with a Bachelor Degree in Information Systems and received a Regular Army commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps through the Reserve Officer Training Program. He also holds a Masters Degree in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the National War College.
Kevin Hofstra completed his ME - Interdisciplinary Telecommunications studies in May 2005 with a thesis entitled "Broadband over Power Line-A regulatory Economic Analysis" under the direction of Dr. Patrick Ryan (Committee Members: Douglas Sicker, Phil Weiser and Dale Hatfield). During his telecommunication studies at CU, Hofstra had a concentration in data networking and helped to develop some of the content for the Telecommunications Laboratory courses. He is also currently enrolled as a distance student in the Engineering Management Program and has an expected graduation date of 2008.
Mr. Hofstra currently works as a Network Engineer for the elite Scope EDGE unit of the Air Force Communications Agency (AFCA). Certified as a Cisco CCIE, Hofstra is responsible for designing, implementing, and optimizing DoD networks worldwide. Hofstra also serves on the Scope EDGE Strike Team and has deployed as a civilian engineer to Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Hofstra currently resides in nearby Littleton, CO with his wife Elizabeth.
In addition to his ME Telecommunications, Kevin Hofstra holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Yale University. He has a number of industry recognized certifications including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Cisco CCNP/CCDP/CCVP/CCSP and holds the coveted title of Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE #14619).
Brad Hughes, an ITP alum, has 29+ years in telecom, including marketing and technical consulting responsibilities at AT&T, product development and product management responsibilities at US WEST, and market intelligence/corporate strategy responsibilities at Qwest.
He retired from the Bell System (after 29 years) in 2008 and is currently Vice President of Industry Analysis at Teological Systems based in McLean, VA http://www.telogicalsystems.com/v.php?pg=61
He attributes any career success to the interdisciplinary approach advanced by the CU ITP.
After completing the ITP program, Brad completed international telecom assignments in Russia and Germany and was appointed a loaned executive to the University of Colorado at Denver College of Engineering. His recent focus has been on competitive intelligence and corporate strategy/analysis. He holds a current Top Secret security clearance from the U.S. Government and is a past member of several High IQ societies, including Mensa, the Intertel Society, the Triple Nine Society, and International Society for Philosophical Inquiry. He is a biographee of record in Who's Who in America
Brad holds four additional degrees beyond the MS in Telecommunications from the CU ITP program, including an MBA, a BS in Business, a BS in Journalism (all from the University of Colorado). He also holds an undergraduate degree from Oakland College in Michigan.
“I believe ITP provided me with four principles which have been instrumental in allowing me to succeed in diverse telecommunications career paths; understanding of the environment, awareness of multiple solutions, communicating impacts and benefits in dollars, and continuously improving teams’ ability to identify, plan, and execute in a timely manner.”
Over the last sixteen years Marcus Johnson has served in a variety of roles and in a wide range of industries including Information Technology, Telecommunications, Electronics & Semiconductors, Real Estate Development and Finance.
In 1998 Marcus earned a MBA in Marketing and a MS from the Interdisciplinary Telecommunication Program at the University of Colorado. As a part of his graduate studies in ITP, he helped start a telecommunications company targeting wireless users on university campuses and sold dial-up ISP services to students.
After leaving the University of Colorado, Marcus severed as International Operations Project Manager for Motorola. In his time at Motorola he gained valuable international operations experience. His major contributions there included identifying opportunities to lower operations costs and additional revenue opportunities with new products. Marcus leveraged his knowledge to telecommunication equipment manufactures to develop a product lifecycle database to assist in planning and tracking profit potential of each product line.
From 2001 to 2006 Marcus was an independent consultant representing the client’s interest in negotiations with Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC)s and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLEC)s across the United States.
In 2007 Marcus joined H&R Block as a Telecom Program Manager, leading cost savings initiatives for over 12,000 retail sites in the United States. He has facilitated multiple negotiations with customer premise equipment vendors and national service providers. Marcus also developed guidelines and a plan to standardize telecom configurations in H&R Block offices. He has delivered process improvements, resulting in long term savings for the company. As a result of his efforts, he has freed several millions of dollars in capital for the company to reinvest in cutting edge technologies and assets which will benefit H&R Block clients nationwide.
Marcus has received several service and production awards:
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Kumar Joshi is an Associate within the Information Risk Management group at KPMG and is based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington DC office. Kumar has been heavily involved in integrated audit engagements within the Telecom, Financial and Retail segments. Kumar has also been working extensively on business development efforts within the domain of Telecom Public Policy and Regulation.
Kumar has formal education as well as work internship experience in the technical, business, management and regulatory aspects of telecommunications. Kumar's internships in the Telecom industry have been in the realm of public policy, corporate strategy as well as technical core network development (at MCI Communications and Level 3 Communications). Kumar has worked on projects involving the need for combined regulatory, technical and business (strategy) skills and knowledge.
Hari hails from Mumbai, India and graduated from ITP at the University of Colorado in 2001. Prior to earning an M.S., Hari earned a B.S. in Telecommunications Engineering. While working on his M.S., Hari worked for two years in the Telecom Lab as a Teaching Assistant. Hari was team member of the 3rd Place Winners for the 'Deloitte Challenge' business case competition.
Hari spent five years with Cisco Systems in San Jose as a Product Manager, where he launched an industry-leading Ethernet Switch, and built it up to a $1Bn annual run-rate. Tasked with marketing the product globally, he was responsible for flipping several customers who had previously not done any business with Cisco. After building the product up to a steady business line, Hari left Cisco to pursue an MBA at INSEAD in France.
Thereafter, he returned to India to be part of the rapidly growing economy and more specifically, the Internet industry. At Strategic Alliances, head of the largest business unit of Yahoo! India, he was part of the team that built up Yahoo! Messenger, Mail & Photo to an overwhelming market leadership position.
He then left to join an early-stage startup - Travelguru.com - which was attempting to become the Expedia of India. Funded by leading venture capital firm - Sequoia Capital - Travelguru has since grown to be the market leader for online hotel distribution in India. Hari has the role of Head of Marketing & Product Development, and member of the core team of senior management. Having run multiple high-profile marketing campaigns, he has been part of building up the Travelguru brand in India. Aside from this, his role is to play a key part in building corporate policies and culture.
Hari is married with a young daughter and spends his spare time playing sports such as tennis and rugby. He is a certified scuba diver.
Claus Kroeger is Senior Vice President of Operations for Cox Communications Inc. He is responsible for overseeing the operations of Cox's Eastern Division cable systems.
Kroeger joined the company in 1976 as Management Trainee at a former Cox system in North Adams, Mass. Kroeger has held various operations positions in the field and has served as Director of Operations and Director of Business Development for Cox in Atlanta. In 1990, he was named Vice President and General Manager for Cox Cable Middle Georgia, where he served until assuming responsibilities as Vice President of Operations for Cox Communications.
Kroeger holds a B.A. from the University of Alabama and an M.S. in telecommunications from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the Tower Club, Cable Television Administrative and Marketing Society, and Cable Pioneers. He has formerly served as Chairman of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association Coalition Opposing Signal Theft Committee, Chairman of the Cable Television Association of Georgia, board member for the Cable Center in Denver, and Treasurer for the Southern Cable Television Association.
Mr. Merrill began his career in telecommunications immediately following his undergraduate studies by joining Qwest Communications' (formerly US WEST) operations and technology team. He spent time working on customer value analysis, network infrastructure initiatives and operations management before moving to Covad Communications to help establish Covad's Denver operations and manage its Technical Assistance Center (TAC) .
While at Covad, Mr. Merrill joined their international strategic development team and travelled to Tokyo, Japan to manage Covad's strategic alliance with ACCA Networks, a Japanese broadband service provider, formed through investment by Covad and NTT Communications. He worked with ACCA to develop new product strategies and improve operational efficiencies. While in Asia, Mr. Merrill also managed Covad's strategic investment in Indian broadband access provider, Dishnet DSL.
Coinciding with his work in Denver and overseas, Mr. Merrill obtained his Master's of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado's Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP). Following graduation from CU, Mr. Merrill joined the MBA program at Harvard Business School.
This fall, Mr. Merrill will begin working for Samsung's Global Strategy Group (SGSG) in Seoul, South Korea, as a Global Strategist. As Samsung's primary corporate internal strategic consulting group, the SGSG has three key objectives: 1) Continuous improvement of Samsung's various affiliate companies by providing innovative ideas and an external perspective on leading issues; 2) Collaboration between senior management within Samsung and the SGSG to contribute to Samsung Group's existing globalization efforts, and 3) Exposing SGSG professionals to management within the affiliate companies to build an internal resource of global managers with a deep understanding of Samsung and Korea.
Outside of professional and academic endeavors, Mr. Merrill enjoys playing basketball, scuba diving, and traveling internationally.
A technologist at heart and by training, Tom Moore has spent much of his career involved in the development of video, voice and data broadband technology for the satellite, wireless and cable television industries. During the 1990's, Tom was instrumental in the creation of patented and patent pending technology supporting what is known as a DOCSIS© cable modem. This specification is now a global ITU standard with over 40 million modems deployed worldwide by manufacturers such as Motorola, Linksys, Cisco, Toshiba, Thompson, Scientific Atlanta, Samsung and Broadcom.
In 1998, Tom co-founded WildBlue Communications with the purpose of extending the DOCSIS© technology into the satellite world and thus making the benefits of broadband available to the 25-30 million homes that would not receive it otherwise. WildBlue, a satellite based broadband service provider sponsored by industry leaders such as Liberty Media, Intelsat, NRTC, Kleiner Perkins, Northrop Grumman and Telesat/Bell Canada. is a facilities based direct-to-home small dish broadband Internet access platform targeted at consumers and small businesses that don't have access to alternative access technologies such as DSL and cable modem. The company raised over half a billion dollars, built and launched its own special purpose satellites and deployed a nationwide consumer service during Tom's tenure. Tom served as the President, CEO and Director of the company from 1998 until 2005, and continues his involvement today on the Board of Directors.
Prior to WildBlue, Tom was in senior management at Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs) a non-profit technology development consortium of the cable industry. While there, in addition to DOCSIS© design and certification, Tom directed technical development in the areas of quality of service (QoS), traffic engineering, and support for enhanced services such as streaming media (audio/video), Packet Cable© VoIP telephony, and interactive gaming across cable networks.
Tom's outside interests include cycling, running, golf, and coaching and playing hockey.
Tom holds a master's degree in business administration with distinction from Harvard Business School. He also holds a master's degree in telecommunications from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on broadband media access control protocols, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) and video compression technology.
Prior to joining KPMG, Sumi Murty graduated with a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Telecommunications at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research at the University of Colorado at Boulder was focused on security behaviors related to computer and network security. She chose to attend the ITP at CU for it's unique interdisciplinary nature. She Interviewed on-campus, with KPMG during her last semester at the ITP and accepted a position as an Associate in KPMG's Audit & Risk Advisory Service in Information Risk Management Practice. She has been in the telecommunications and information systems industry for the past five years, working within the audit and advisory fields for the past year. Her experience in Telecommunications and Information Systems includes work in the areas of risk management, business process improvement, regulatory, financial reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley 404 attestation, FCC attestation for telecommunications providers and assistance and operational advisory services. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Ms. Murty worked for a large communications provider of high-speed data, managed services and VSAT services in India.
Steve Olshansky is Trust & Identity Program Lead for the Internet Society, a global organization that is a trusted independent source for Internet policy, technology standards, and future development. The Internet Society is dedicated to ensuring that the Internet stays open, transparent and defined by its users, and is the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
Prior to joining the Internet Society in 2014, Steve was Director, Federated Technologies for Internet2. He was with Internet2 for 12 years, managing a variety of projects related to increasing trust and security and reducing friction for online business, education, and collaboration. In this context he was especially focused on privacy, digital identity, and federated identity and access management, including software development, best practices, and policy guidance. Prior to his tenure with Internet2, he was a consultant in eBusiness and online training and education, a content and business developer for IP services at US WEST, and a founding board member of a leading community network in the mid-90s.
He served as the technical editor for the HP Security Handbook, and was the lead editor for the OASIS Electronic Identity Credential Trust Elevation Methods (Trust Elevation) Technical Committee "Electronic Identity Credential Trust Elevation Framework Version 1.0."
Steve holds a BA in Political Science from Colorado College, and a MS Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of ACM and a Senior Member of IEEE.
In 2006, the University of Colorado Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program awarded him an Alumni Excellence Award for "Commitment to Thought Research."
Luis Pacheco is currently working as Chief of Technological Research at the Regulatory Policy Department at OSIPTEL, the public telecommunications services regulatory agency in Peru. In this position, he is responsible for following up the last advancements in telecommunications technology, new services and convergence aiming at finding suitable applications to fulfill the current lack of telecommunications services in some areas of the population at Peru, and to support the Policy design to facilitate adoption of new technology. His main interest is convergence of telecommunications technologies such as data networking, wireless, and multimedia applications.
He came to Boulder for his MS in Telecommunications as part of the Fulbright Graduate Scholarship program, and had the opportunity to work as TA for the Advanced Telecommunications Lab. Luis also had the opportunity to work as an intern for several local companies including: Level3 Communications, CableLabs and Baseline Wireless. Before coming to Boulder he worked at OSIPTEL as a Technical Analyst, supporting the design of the regulation of broadband and wireless services, and at Motorola of Peru during the deployment of the first CDMA network in Latin America.
Luis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is currently working towards the Engineering Management Degree at the same university as a distance student.
Shari Plantz-Masters, a lead faculty in the School for Professional Studies Graduate Computer Information Technology program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado has been in the Telecommunications field specializing in Network Technologies fo rover twenty years. She began her career as a network analyst for Marine Midland Bank (now HSBC) of Hong Kong and New York. From there she joined the Research and Development Labs of U S WEST where she was the Director of a number of different development and engineering teams who were responsible for the technical development of a number of network based products offerings including Voice Messaging, Business and Consumer Internet Service Provider, ATM, Frame Relay, and other Network based products.
She held a number of positions with U S WEST before Qwest Communications acquired it in 2000. Ms. Plantz-Masters held Director positions in Product Development and Marketing developing Business Video Network Applications including Video Conferencing and Switched Video services. Ms. Plantz-Masters also held the position of Vice President of Network Planning with the responsibilities for the U S WEST Public Network. Before leaving U S WEST to provide Management and Technical Consulting Services to large and small companies, she directed the Broadband Engineering and Application Development team responsible for the VDSL based broadcast service with both Television and Data applications.
Currently, Ms. Plantz-Masters is pursuing her doctoral studies and is focused on Information Policy.
Ms. Plantz-Masters studies Karate with her family, and she earned her first degree Black Belt and is currently pursuing advancement.
Srividya Kannan Ramachandran graduated from the ITP program in 2008. She currently works as a Market Planner with the Network Planning team at Level 3 Communications in New York where she leads strategic cost cutting initiatives to increase the operational efficiency of Level 3’s networks subsequently improving the company’s profit margins. Prior to joining Level 3, Srividya worked as a Project Manager at Perficient Inc. She managed multiple projects that helped the client build a business intelligence system which they use for making key business decisions. While at Perficient, she contributed to their IT Communications blog and now she writes on Level 3’s corporate blog.
Srividya’s research – jointly conducted with Prof. Brad Bernthal and Prof. Dale Hatfield - on regulation of distributed antenna systems (DAS) was the first academic inquiry into this field. They explored how fragmented regulatory frameworks failed to satisfactorily account for the diversity in the practical implementations of DAS networks and called for a more unified approach to regulation. For this research, published at TPRC 2008, Srividya was invited by PCIA to be a panelist at their annual DAS conference in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Her research has since been published as a book titled “Distributed Antenna Systems – Establishing a Regulatory Framework” ISBN: 978-3-639-16883-9.
In 2007-2008, Srividya worked as an Analyst at Baseline Wireless Services LLC in Boulder where she was involved with the FCC’s 800 MHz reconfiguration project. Here, she analyzed results from radio propagation tests from public safety and commercial licensees in the 800 MHz band and reported on instances of interference in the 800 MHz band that disrupted public safety communications. Her work in 2006 with Prof. Tim Brown on mobile ad hoc communication protocols for unmanned aerial vehicles resulted in a poster at an annual conference held by the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles at CU in 2007. As a mathematics instructor in the McNeill Math Program at CU in 2007-2008, she taught algebra and calculus to freshman students, where she received the “Instructor’s Dedication Award” for evolving innovative pedagogical techniques for students with various learning styles.
Srividya got her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute in 2011. She enjoys writing abstract poetry, painting with acrylics on canvas and digital photography. She is also a certified Reiki teacher.
Master of Science, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications, University of Colorado, 2008
Bachelor of Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, 2006
After having completed a double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Rohith chose to pursue his MS in Telecommunication at the University of Colorado Boulder. His areas of interest include Survivable Multiservice Transport networks and Telecommunications strategy. His research titled "Survivable VCAT Enabled Multiservice Networks," in the area of data networking gained wide readership and interest from industry members including ATT Research.
On the topic of the ITP, Rohith truly believes that one of the great strengths of the program is the multitude of interdisciplinary options available for a student to pursue. Having had the opportunity to enroll into Telecommunications, Business, Management, and Computer Science courses in their purest forms and produce published research, he feels it gives a student a unique vantage point on how innovation, entrepreneurship and strategy culminate together in driving success.
He currently works at Level 3 Communications, as a Commercial Services Manager and is responsible for Capital Management, dedicated towards incremental growth of the largest backbone network in the US and Europe. Additionally, he provides Strategic Pricing for all Level 3 data and transport products in the Wholesale Markets Group.
"As an international student, the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP) has rendered an experience that has allowed me to develop a highly articulated understanding of the relationships between technology, business and regulatory policy that are at work in today's globalized marketplace. More importantly, the ITP experience engenders a mindset for continuous advancement and elicits the change levers with which to observe, adapt and innovate those advancements. Students benefit tremendously from the interdisciplinary approach and, upon graduation are ready to hit the ground running in industry."
Originally born in Yokohama, Japan, Masaru may be one of the few Japanese students who has decided to stay permanently in the U.S. to advance his career after graduation. Masaru currently works at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Headquarters in Northern Kentucky as a robotics engineering specialist for the Toyota Partner Robot group.
His current responsibilities at Toyota include Partner Robot groups event activities and robotics research. He specializes in system optimization, security, virtualization, and network engineering.
Prior to moving to Toyota, Masaru worked for HP, Agilent technologies and Intel Corporation in Colorado Springs, CO as a system and security administrator. He also served as an adjunct associate professor at Colorado Technical University and National American University responsible for their Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer tracks.
"Having worked in the I.T. industry for the last 10 years, I saw layoffs, outsourcing, early retirements and company split. It was time for a change. An M.S. degree in Telecommunications from CU-Boulder certainly helped me to obtain a better opportunity and competitive edges in the job market," says Masaru.
After seriously consideration to pursue a PhD in robotics system security based on artificial intelligence, Masaru decided to go for an MBA at one of the leading business schools in the U.S. With the ITP and MBA degrees, Masaru plans on leading Toyota's Partner Robot group to further enable co-existence between humans and robots in the near future.
His previous I.T. certifications include Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), MCSE + Internet, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Cisco Certified Network Associate, CompTIA Linux+ and Network+. He was one of the first 1,000 MCSEs in the world at the age of 24. His presentation, "Windows Interoperability with UNIX/Linux using SAMBA" was widely appreciated by the Rocky Mountain Windows Technology Users group members in August, 2002 to fully utilize heterogeneous system environments.
Masaru encourages other international students, "If you do not give up and keep learning, you can succeed in the U.S. I am the living proof of that. The ITP can certainly be part of your learning process, and you won't regret it."
Ashish is a Senior Consultant in the Risk Consulting practice at Erix Advisors, a professional services firm formed by a group of former Arthur Anderson partners, with the objective of providing the best value, high quality risk consulting advice anywhere in the world. He is based out of the Mumbai office.
Prior to joining Erix, Ashish worked as a business associate for Reliance Infocomm, a leading CDMA service provider in India. He was responsible for project planning and execution of the of the end-to-end business processes for the Reliance Broadband Initiative. Prior to that, Ashish worked on the LEVANT (Levels of Anonymity and Traceability) project at CERT, Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He was involved in technical research to develop protocols and policies that effectively balance privacy rights with the traceability needed for Internet and communications security.
Ashish is interested in Telecom Policy/Regulation and has worked extensively on the same both in India and in the United States. While pursuing his Masters at ITP, he interned at the Federal Communications Commission where he worked on competing broadband technologies and their policy implications. This assignment required critiquing the service delivery aspects of broadband ISPs (access, interconnection and pricing), analyzing the potential ways of service discrimination by the broadband access providers and the economic incentives behind them.
Mohammad Shamim started his career as a design engineer at Carrier Telecom Industries (CTI), Islamabad, Pakistan (A subsidiary of Siemens Germany) in October 1983 after graduating from University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Pakistan. As a design engineer he designed several telephony products such as single channel VHF radio, microprocessor based electronic PABX, carrier amplifiers and pilot receivers for FDM network, Service channel interface for earth satellite station.
During his studies with ITP he worked as a part time programmer in the Microwave Labs at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he developed and released a software package 2D-CAP for two-dimensional circuit analysis. The package was written in Fortran and used by TRW, HP, Motorola and AT&T lab. After his studies he joined Carrier Telephone Industries as Head of their R&D department and managed a group of 20 graduate engineers and five allied staff for system engineering and product development activities for another five years and developed skills for system design and integration.
In association with few friends he launched a telecom company, Comcept Private Limited in September 1996 with seed money of US$ 15,000 pooled by 10 individuals. The company was established from scratch with 8 staff and targeted to developed telecom products for local market need. This was the turning point of his career as an entrepreneur.
Those first two years were very tough for the company. However, the deregulation of the telecom market of Pakistan, which started in 1998, allowed several telecom operators to come in to existence and the business opportunities for local companies grew rapidly. Comcept was able tap those opportunities and developed several telecom products and as the Director of Marketing, Mr. Shamim improved the sales revenue from $0.5m to 1.05m in the financial year 1998-1999. The company achieved tremendous growth of 250 percent in sales revenue i.e. $3.64m in the proceeding year 1999-2000 with net profit of 39% and there was 100% increase in the customer base. The progress in sales and expansion in customer base kept growing in the fiscal year 2000-2001 and achieved 100% increase in sales revenue i.e. 7.24m with net profit of 46%. The Board of Directors/Shareholders appointed Mohammad as Chief Executive as well as Director of Marketing in September 2001.
As the CEO and Director of Marketing, Mohammad is responsible for the complete business of Comcept as well as being a Board member of its subsidiaries and a joint venture involved in the strategic long term planning and business decision. The company has 300+ engineers, marketing, finance and other trained staff in its four regional offices and head office at Islamabad.
BS Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Techonology, Pakistan 1983
MS ITP, University of Colorado at Boulder 1990
MBA Preston Universtity, Islamabad, Pakistan 1995
Sales revenues improved Rs.12m annually on average.
Export business started
Comcept market share over 60% of the terminal business in the country
Become one of the leading manufacturers in the terminal business with products in landline, GSM and CDMA based technologies.
Successfully launched subsidiaries and ventures in telecom operation and network solutions and earn 6 times of the equity money from the sale of majority share of a venture.
Product Diversification in the field of Defense applications and alternative energy solar system and CNG/LPG dispensers.
Comcept Head Office covering 45,000 sq feet has been built in industrial area of Islamabad with state of art facilities and own power generating unit
Leadership as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Comcept:
The First Subsidiary of Comcept “Symbia Pvt. Limited” was establish in 2002 under his guidance to provide complete turnkey solution of Telecom network as Comcept is focused to the development and marketing of terminal equipment only whereas the complete Telecom network i.e. transmission, switch and access elements and telecom services were completely ignored by Comcept.
Comcept invested an amount of $ 300K in 2002 as seed money to the company and today the company has grown-up as key telecom solution provider in cross connect, soft switches, radio equipment, complete suits for data network and access network. The Company has consistent annual sales revenue of $ 3.0m to $4.0m for last three consecutive years with profitability of more than 20% every year.
As a business strategy took initiative to set-up a joint venture in the field of Telecom Operation in 2004 and established a Company Burraq Telecom (presently know as Wi-Tribe (Pakistan) in collaboration with two other partners from Telecom operation.
Raised equity of $ 4.0m for the joint venture and played a pivotal role to acquire security bond of $ 12m in the form of SBLC from the Bank being the prerequisite to get License from PTA (Pakistan Telecom Authority) for LDI (long Distance International) and WLL (Wireless Local Loop) operations. Actively participated in the bidding of frequency by PTA for WLL operation and acquire the frequency band of 3.5GHz for all 14 telecom regions of Pakistan at bid value of $ 1.2m.
Involved in the selection of soft switches and other NGN network equipment for the LDI operation and the LDI operation was launched with in the specified time of one year and get released the SBLC from PTA. It was one of the major mile stone for the joint venture.
To cope with the changing business scenarios specially from year 2005 in Pakistan due to the cut throat price of Chinese telecom products and open door policy for import of telecom products the survivability of local telecom equipment manufacturer become impossible. Realizing the real threat the diversification of business in alternate energy sector was taken in early 2006 and initiative was taken to develop CNG/LPG dispensers with innovative hanging displays and computerized monitoring system. The product was developed under his guidance and got approval from authorized regulatory bodies and launched in 2008 which is become main revenue stream for Comcept.
Furthermore, in the year 2007, Comcept took initiative to establish three CNG stations with the investment of Rs. 50m to 60m for each station. After going through the hectic processors and governmental approvals two stations are operational and providing a dependable revenue stream every months. The project has net profit of 28% on the sale of compressed natural gas to the vehicles
Arun Warikoo is currently a Network Security Architect with Beckman Coulter in Brea, California. In this position, he is responsible for establishing a network security program for the firm globally. In the past, he has also worked for AT&T as an Information Security Specialist, playing an integral role in strengthening the overall security of AT&T’s leading-edge multi-service IP-based U-verse service.
His areas of interest include securitizing the Cloud and mobility infrastructure. He is also an active member of the Cloud Security Alliance.
At CU, Arun was focused at specializing in network security. He was actively involved in the Telecom Student Organization (TSO) and was the President of the student body in 2005.
Arun's holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Electronics & Telecommunications from Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad (India), a Diploma in Advanced Computing from Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Bangalore (India), and a Master of Science in Telecommunications from CU, Boulder. He also holds industry certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)