Meet Master of Information and Telecommunication Systems student Punit Basnet, from Kathmandu, Nepal.
Basnet, who graduated in 2015 from the PEC University of Technology in Nepal with a degree in electrical engineering, worked several years in his home country before deciding to attend Ohio University. “I held a couple of positions, one as a drive test engineer for signal quality for the national telecom network provider and as an associate engineer for a radio station,” said Basnet.
Basnet came to Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, in August of 2017, to further his education with a graduate degree in a field related to telecommunications. “I heard that some of the best graduate institutions in the world are in the United States,” said Basnet. “Upon further research, I discovered that Scripps [within Ohio University] was one of the top-notch colleges in the States for all things communication.”
Fortunately, the leap of faith that brought Basnet to the U.S. and Ohio University has paid off – he has received a valuable education involving challenging and fulfilling graduate assistant work plus the research he was able to do on his own project.
“Outside of my classes, I have been working on my graduate project, which is a mixture of my grad assistant work with Professor Kruse and my own research,” said Basnet. “This project deals with graphing sensor data from a remote perimeter with delayed connections. Data from these sites will be collected and analyzed in a network monitoring software which will generate reports for scientists.”
Basnet has also been involved in other ways: volunteering for ITS events such as ITS Day and the Lonsbury Memorial Golf Tournament, as well as troubleshooting ION software for NASA with ITS faculty.
This level of involvement created a passion for the program. “I like the mixture of challenging courses. The Professors, like Dr. Roycroft, really care about the students and I’ve never met people like them before,” said Basnet.
After graduation, Basnet plans to work in the IT field within the United States, with plans to eventually return to Nepal to apply his education and work experience in his home country. Best of luck, Punit Basnet!