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Meet ITS Professor, Dr. Trevor Roycroft

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Professor Trevor Roycroft, PhD

ITS faculty member Trevor Roycroft combines rigorous academic training with real-world experience: he has worked in the IT industry, and is a consultant who explores emerging technical and policy issues in the field.

After graduating from the University of California, Davis, with both a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Economics, he went on to deal with telecom related economic policies for a state agency in Indiana, before coming to OU in 1994.
He was pleased to find out there was a program dedicated to telecommunications at Ohio University. “It wasn’t something I was expecting to find, programs that offered degrees focused on the telecommunications industry were not common, especially at the undergraduate level,” states Roycroft.

From 1994 to 2004 and from 2013 to present, Roycroft has been teaching courses in the ITS major. These courses have included both undergrad and grad level telecom policy and IT strategy courses, introductory ITS classes, and privacy in the Internet age. “I really liked the subject of telecommunications and always wanted to become a college professor, so being able to teach at OU was, and is, a great opportunity for me,” says Roycroft.

In addition to teaching, Roycroft is involved in consulting for telecommunication system projects and numerous scenarios relating to U.S. regulations on IT and telecommunication related issues. Most recently, he has been researching and working in FCC proceeding on issues with Net Neutrality and broadband adoption.

“I’m not just this ivory tower kind of person who doesn’t have any connection to the real world, but rather I know what’s going on.” Roycroft says. “I’ve been involved with literally every major telecommunications issue in the last 28 years in one way or another and this experience feeds right into the classroom.”

Professor Roycroft is very excited to be able to share his passion for ITS: “I think ITS is a great major and I certainly encourage students to consider what we offer.”

Spotlight on ITS Student Ike Riesbeck

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Ike Riesbeck came to Ohio University believing his calling was on the stage of a theater. Today, he works behind the scenes, working with information systems to make live productions happen.

During his first year of college in the BFA Theater program, Riesbeck began hearing more about the School of Information and Telecommunication Systems. He talked to Doug Bowie, the ITS Network Admin.

“He told me about ITS and I was kind of entranced by it. The idea of these highly efficient systems for transmitting information and the fact that it relates to all the things I love doing in my free time,” said Riesbeck. He found that the ties to the internet, social media, and file transferring made him want to give the program a shot.

He finished out his first year as a theater student and then transferred to ITS. Over the summer he began working in Memorial Auditorium where he has found the connection between the ITS field and live event production. Riesbeck compared the way that microphones project a signal into an auditorium to the way you might think about telephone signals. Being in a theater setting while working with the systems that allow productions to succeed, he has found the best of both worlds.

Ike remembers speaking with an ITS grad during one of his first shifts who is now one of the Event Services administrators at Ohio University . “I asked him, ‘When do you use ITS in Event Services?’ and he looked at me and said, ‘Every single day.”

While Ike is new to the program, he is seeing similarities in the way information flows through auditorium systems every time he works. To him, one of the best things about the program is that it teaches critical thinking and problem solving, skills that can be utilized in any problem or situation.

Riesbeck appreciates the field of ITS and its complete permeability into any type of environment, “You’re using the things that the computer science and the electrical engineers build and you’re advising people how to use those things in the everyday world.” He highlights the network and business components of the field as something that many overlook.

When asked how he would describe ITS, Ike replied, “Do you want to know how the internet works? In turn, do you want to know how information works? ITS will teach you that.”

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