Arauz has been teaching at Ohio University since 2009. Before that he taught for two years in his home country of Ecuador and worked at the NEC Network labs in Germany. He decided to return to teaching because he missed the flexibility to research topics that he personally finds most interesting, such as the Internet of things, machine to machine communication, predictive systems, self-organizing systems and education and self-organizing systems and networking.
Professor Arauz teaches classes in networking, such as Data Networking and Wireless Telecommunication Networks, which include hands-on labs in the ITS lab space in the Schoonover Center.
One of Dr. Arauz’ research interests is advancing telecommunications education toward innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities. He recently started working with the City of Athens on integrating a smart city. A smart city incorporates technology with the city’s operations. “This technology has power to change the city and community,” said Arauz.
Arauz believes that smart cities are responsive cities that enable civil engagement. Basically, when community members interact with the city, they feel more connected.
The project has been in the works for over a year and may take two to three years to implement. There are not many similar projects in the works around the country.
He wants future students to see the real application technology has in the world. Smart cities are the future and “yeah we teach that.”