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Spotlight on Software Defined Networking Seminar

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In the modern age of computer networking, not all the major components that comprise the information and telecommunication systems are physical. A variety of major IT companies, such as Facebook and Google, are starting to see the potential in investing in more virtualized network infrastructures. Of course, with this increase in software defined network deployment comes an increasing interest in researching and building courses in IT and CS academia. Enter ITS faculty member, Brandon Saunders.

Professor Saunders, a visiting assistant professor with the school of ITS, has been spearheading efforts to create a graduate level seminar course dedicated to Software Defined Networks (or SDN for short). Currently, he is leading a team of undergraduate students enrolled in an independent study course, grad students and lab technicians to help him build the course infrastructure and topics. His goals are to build a course that is primarily lab based, with prerecorded lectures, making it easy for people in any locality to participate. “Things are still hands-on, just in a virtual sense. In theory, anyone in the world will be able to connect and participate in class” said Saunders.

Interestingly, with the ability to connect and participate in the course from places outside Athens, this class has the potential to appeal to students in many different majors.  “Once we evolve the course, it will become very popular among large organizations within Columbus, Ohio. The new levels of integration for software defined networks will convince people to take the course and revamp their understanding of networking technology” said Saunders.

In addition to developing the SDN seminar, Saunders teaches 3 introductory level courses in the ITS program that help students develop a basic understanding of computer networks and telecom systems: ITS 2010, ITS 2410, and ITS 2300.   But despite the workload of managing three courses, Saunders is excited to also direct the software defined network project.

“Most of our students going into technical jobs are likely to start seeing these virtualization technologies. Seeing them in action and understanding how they fit in a larger IT infrastructure while in school will benefit them in these jobs,” said Saunders.

Meet ITS Professor, Dr. Andy Snow!!

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ITS is an educational experience that offers a wide variety of industry perspective to students in both its bachelor and masters programs. Most of this perspective is provided by the numerous expert faculty members teaching its courses, including Dr. Andrew Snow.

Dr. Snow is an extremely versatile and talented industry professional, who has experience in a variety of different roles, spanning several areas within IT and Telecommunications. These roles include (but are not limited to): US Army Signal Corps Officer, US Navy Microwave and Optimal Fiber Transmission Engineer, General Manager, Department Director, Vice President and President for a variety of consulting & systems integration firms.

Preceding his expansive industry experience, Snow received both his bachelor’s and master’s in Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Old Dominion University. Then, twenty years later, once he had discovered his passion for telecommunications, he went back to school at the University of Pittsburgh for his PhD in Information Science and Telecommunications.

After receiving his PhD, Snow brought his expansive industry and educational experience to the School of Info and Telecom Systems, at Ohio University. Here he teaches a number of graduate and undergraduate classes which include: Understanding Internet Technology, Lifecycle Management of Information and Telecom Systems, Research Methods, and Strategic Issues in Information and Telecom Systems Technology and Policy. When asked about his passion for teaching ITS he says, “I like the melding of telecommunication technology, policy and management that is in this program”.

In addition to teaching, Professor Snow likes to conduct outside research and lead a number of IT projects. The subject areas he is currently interested in include network survivability and IT & Telecommunications project management.

With all of this experience in IT and telecommunications, both in the industry and academia, it is clear that Snow has a lot of passion for the field. When asked why he thinks that ITS is important, he has this to say, “IT and Telecommunication networks are the glue that holds this new information economy together”.

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