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:
- Was instrumental in the development of a graduate level
sequence of six courses (18 credits) in telecommunications,
called the Graduate Telecommunications Program (GTP). GTP has
proven to be a highly successful Pace/IBM joint program.
Materials developed during this project have become the core of
Pace's Master's of Science in Telecommunications program (36
credits) offered through the School of Computer Science and
- Served as program evaluator of the Graduate Telecommunications
Program. This has involved the development of an evaluation
plan as well as the conducting of a variety of evaluation
studies leading to improvements in program quality.
- Co-developed and taught an intensive four day mathematics and
electronics review which served as a preparatory course in the
Graduate Telecommunications Program.