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OHIO faculty, students, alumni attend ITERA’s annual conference

Apr 25, 2013

OHIO faculty, students, alumni attend ITERA’s annual conference

By Darby Fledderjohn

ATHENS, Ohio (April 25, 2013)—The Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association held their annual conference April 5-7 in Cincinnati. A number of McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems faculty, students and alumni were in attendance.

Dr. Joseph Berman received this year’s annual service award. Dr. Berman served as the founding director of the McClure School of Communication Systems Management, which was the predecessor of today’s ITS. Dr. Berman retired from OU in 2002 after almost 30 years of service. School Director Philip Campbell accepted the award on Dr. Berman’s behalf.

Mike Hermann, a 1993 ITS graduate acted as a plenary speaker at the conference, speaking on “The Coming Evolution of Service Providers.” Hermann, a member of the ITS Advisory Board, currently serves as the Vice President for Business Development for
Cincinnati Bell.

Current ITS student Zach Miller and Professor Julio Aráuz were also in attendance. Miller presented the findings of their research partnership, a study of broadband wireless devices and white spaces. Large urban centers often see a problem with limited available bandwidth. Miller looked into deploying wireless transmitters that operate in unused TV bands, also called white spaces, when bandwidth is limited. The paper was declared the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper of the conference.

Professor John Hoag presented “Broadband Usage in Ohio: Analysis of Survey Results,” summarizing work with Connect Ohio in analyzing the status of broadband penetration.

Ohio University is one of 20 schools involved with ITERA, an organization that provides a forum for telecommunications professionals, researchers and educators to support further interest in telecommunications in universities and industries.