Twenty-one telecommunications regulators and executives from around the world came to ATLAS in July 2009 for an intensive, one-week course entitled “Managing Effectively in a Changing Telecommunications Environment.”
The course was co-sponsored by Silicon Flatirons, which is a center for law, technology and entrepreneurship at CU, and the ATLAS Institute.
It was a joint effort with the United States Telecommunications Training Institute, a non-profit public-private partnership between senior federal officials and leaders of the U.S. information and communication technology and broadcast industries.
The course focused on effective management techniques, the telecommunications climate and efficient operational decisions.
Participants came from Bangladesh, Bermuda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. In addition, 11 CU students participated. The majority were graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, though students also came from the Aerospace and Engineering Management programs.
The course began with a technological overview by Dale Hatfield, the former chief technologist of the FCC who currently is executive director of Silicon Flatirons. Hatfield also is an adjunct professor in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program.
The course also featured guest lectures by CU professors and top executives with in-depth knowledge and understanding of management techniques, economics, marketing, privacy regulations, data security, telecommunications regulation and operational decision-making.
Richard Green, the president and CEO of CableLabs and a member of the ATLAS Advisory Board, gave a tour of the CableLabs facilities and spoke about project management and standards development. The course concluded with a keynote address by Phil Weiser, the former head of Silicon Flatirons who is now with the U.S. Department of Justice and is on leave as an ATLAS Advisory Board member.
During a lunch hosted by ATLAS, Revi Sterling of ATLAS (in photo above at top right) and Robyn Sandekian of the Engineering for Developing Communities program at CU gave an overview of CU’s development efforts.