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Meet 4+1 Graduate Student, Ryan Kemper!


ITS is a school that provides both an undergrad and grad program, however, something unique about us is how we combine the two with the 4+1 program.  Undergrad students can take their higher education even further with this program that enables them to receive a bachelor’s degree following four years of study, and a Master’s degree after one additional year of study.  Ryan Kemper, an excellent student in both the undergrad and grad programs, is a student who took advantage of this opportunity.

Kemper, from Ottoville, Ohio, is currently enrolled as a grad student. Having a passion for technology since early High School, when he started a computer repair service, Kemper was looking for a college program that suited him.

“I thought I was interested in CS, but I didn’t want to do coding. That made me move towards MIS, but it’s much more business related,” said Kemper. “That’s when I found ITS, it lets me stay technical by filling this niche role as an infrastructure specialist.”

Helping him fill the role is exactly what the ITS program did. Taking courses such as data networking, internet engineering, VOIP and scripting, ITS provided an education suitable for a successful career. This point evident in the extensive experience Kemper has had in his undergrad.

“I’ve had a lot of internships,” said Kemper. “I worked for Organic Technologies after my freshman year, then JP Morgan Chase my sophomore year and finally Nationwide for both junior and senior year.” In these internships, Kemper has held several different roles, including infrastructure, software development, networking and project management.

Kemper valued this experience and his undergrad education, but he still wanted more, which is why he decided to stay an extra year after graduating in 2018 with his bachelor’s degree. “OU is a great place and I enjoy being here,” he said. “Getting my graduate degree sets me up to advance my career quickly. Being able to condense a 2-3-year program, potentially, into 1 is great.”

Currently Kemper is juggling 3 concurrent jobs. The first is at OIT as a service desk representative, the second as a TA for internet engineering and VOIP classes, and finally Kemper’s very own consulting business. Notable is the third job, an expansion of Kemper’s high school business into a full-on consulting service which provides web hosting and networking planning.

School wise, Kemper is preparing for his comprehensive exams to complete his grad studies. Once he passes his exam and finishes grad school, Kemper has employment in IT at Nationwide Insurance.

“ITS is a unique program,” said Kemper. “Even though you have to market yourself, there are a lot of classes that no one else has, which sets you apart.”

Say Hello to MITS Student, Punit Basnet!!


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!

Say Hello to MITS ’19 Student, Jamuna Maharjan!


ITS has many talented students in both its bachelor’s and master’s programs. However, what makes the program impressive isn’t just the ability of the students, but also their diversity. Part of this melting pot of excellence is grad student Jamuna Maharjan from Nepal.

Maharjan is a current graduate student in ITS. Before coming to Ohio University in August of 2017, she was a TA in the Advanced Engineering College in Kathmandu, Nepal. “I helped assist a number of practical labs for subjects such as computer networks and C++ programming,” said Maharjan. “It was enjoyable and definitely helped prepare me for my graduate education.”

This statement holds true considering both the graduate assistant work done by Maharjan and her research. She previously worked with Dr. Aruaz on his Smart Cities project and Dr. Kruse on his Delay Tolerant Network research. Currently, she is working on her professional project.

“I am working on a project related to assessing the network management system for the Interplanetary Overlay Network,” said Jamuna. “I am trying to assess the system’s information and embed it into an external open source version.”

Supporting this experience is Maharjan’s education within ITS. She has learned a great deal about the IT industry from her coursework. “I enjoyed a number of interesting courses in the curriculum, particularly Internet Engineering,” Maharjan said. “Along with this, I appreciate all of the professors, especially Dr. Roycroft.”

Ultimately, the well-rounded experience she has gained will prepare Maharjan for the industry. Currently, she is applying for positions in the U.S. Best of luck, Jamuna!

Spotlight on MITS ’19 Student, Nana Ekow Taylor


The school of ITS provides a challenging and industry conscious curriculum that produces many talented individuals in the workforce. Reflecting this are the wide range of companies many ITS undergrad and grad students work for upon graduation; examples – Nationwide, Progressive and Huntington. However, one grad student by the name of Nana Ekow Taylor, has received a position at a company like none other, Facebook.

Taylor is a grad student in the ITS program, originating from Accra, Ghana. Before coming to the United States, January 2018, Taylor was a telecommunications and software engineer for various companies. However, despite his success in the industry already, Taylor decided to pursue his master’s degree.

“After working a couple of years in the industry, I realized there was a trend of new developments and I felt that I needed to acquire some new knowledge and skills to remain relevant,” said Taylor. “Having said this, I thought to pursue higher education as a means of achieving this”.

Throughout his graduate experience, Taylor has taken a course load that has supplied him with a wide range of knowledge with industry concepts. Along with this, he has worked with Professor Aruaz on some of his projects as an graduate assistant. All of this knowledge and experience led up to Taylor’s application to Facebook.

“It was pretty straightforward. Once I turned in my application, I got an email from a recruiter and I was given a shot,” said Taylor. “After that, there was a series of 4 interviews, some technical, others personal.”

Upon interviewing, Taylor’s experience with telecommunications, programming and project management was what set him apart from other candidates. This ultimately resulted in his job offer and acceptance.

“It was a pretty exciting day,” said Taylor. “I always wanted work experience in the U.S., but I never expected a company like Facebook. I am very happy for this opportunity”.

Taylor will start his position after the end of Spring semester. He will be relocating to California, where the HQ of Facebook is located.

Spotlight on John Dolovacky


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.”

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