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Spotlight on John Dolovacky

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Through the ITS School, students and alumni are finding more and more ways to blend distinct interests together. For John Dolovacky, that process came from combining live event production and information systems.

Dolovacky originally came to Ohio University as an audio music production major. After taking a break from school, he came back to the university to obtain an ITS degree. He had known about the program since his freshman orientation, but it took some time for him to make the switch.

“I’ve always been interested in computers and technology and music. I really enjoy the AV (audio-visual) industry and ITS seemed like a really good tie-in with that,” said Dolovacky.

While still a student finishing his degree, he began working as the full-time Assistant Technical Director at Baker University Center. Still in this position, he works with AV installation, maintenance, and programming for all of the event spaces that Event Services oversees. He works to configure and set up networks so that access points can communicate with each other.

Another key thing Dolovacky works with is security. “Security is a very hard area but it’s growing really fast,” he said. He emphasized that many audio consoles for live events have iPad apps but there are rarely passwords. This lack of security means that hackers could break into the network. He plans to continue looking into security issues as a student in the Master of Information and Telecommunication Systems (MITS) program.

Dolovacky began learning about security through a class with Professor Philip Campbell, saying that he learned what to look for and what he needed to do when configuring a network. He believes the classes offered through the program have been incredibly beneficial in real life application.

Student groups also proved to be a great learning tool. “BNIC (Bobcat Network Innovation Center) was also really beneficial. I used to work with machines every day.”

He believes that his ITS background has given him the opportunity to really excel in his field. “A lot of people think that the ITS program is strictly computer stuff. In reality, the program is the study of how devices talk and communicate between each other and more along the lines of what’s really going on in the wire or in the air and how the data is transmitted through that.”

Spotlight on Riley Engle

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The School of Information and Telecommunication Systems (ITS) at Ohio University offers opportunities that are hard to come by. Graduate student Riley Engle knows firsthand just how beneficial these opportunities can be. As part of the School’s 4 + 1 Program, Engle was able to work towards his Master’s degree as an undergraduate student last year.

“They modify the curriculum to allow you to take graduate level classes to finish your graduate degree faster while also meeting your undergraduate requirements,” said Engle.

While he knows he is on the right path now, Engle initially began his college career at Ohio State University studying computer science. He felt that something was missing in his coursework and knew that he needed to try something else. He then looked to the ITS School at Ohio University.

“I took one class with Phil Campbell and he sort of took me into the program and made me feel like I was at home, which is really what I was searching for in my college major,” said Engle. “He pretty much helped me plan out my next two years the first day I was in his office.”

Engle has worked closely with other professors, such as Julio Arauz, where he has been able to get real experience on important projects. He is currently working on a project with Arauz looking at smart cities, machine learning, and big data and planning to come up with a Professional Project for his master’s degree that relates all of these areas. This type of interrelation is one of the reasons he is so passionate about ITS.

“We have policy classes, encryption class, things that get really down to detailed stuff that we’re going to see every day in the actual field, which I think is really cool. At the same time, there’s a general core of technology.”

Outside of school, Engle has had an internship with RoviSys in Aurora for the past two summers in both the IT and customer service departments. This has given him the opportunity to do both back end work as well as projects for updating networks. He has found that his experience in the ITS school has given him a strong working knowledge and was directly relatable to the work he was doing.

When asked to describe the ITS school, Engle stressed that, “There’s a lot more to it than what you think of when you hear the name. There’s so much you can do with it.”

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