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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!

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