Highlights at IBM-IFPA

In 1988, a second opportunity for a one year Visiting Professorship at IBM presented itself, this time at IBM's International Finance, Planning, and Administration School in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

IBM saw the importance of telecommunications to its future, and realized that its highly specialized professional telecommunications staff needed to be cross-trained in the other areas of the field so as to promote the integration of its physical and logical networks. IBM foresaw the "digital revolution" that was about to emerge. It was decided to create a sequence of six generic graduate-level courses in telecommunications to broaden the ranks of its technical staff.

Eventually fourteen (14) classes having a total of 371 graduates would be offered over the years 1988 through 1992. Of this group, about half would complete the Master's Degree Program at Pace.

Listed below are selected highlights of my years with IBM-IFPA: