Telecom Program Attracts Top Professionals from Business, Technology, and Policy

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CU's Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, founded in 1971, is the oldest interdisciplinary telecom program in the nation, and also one of the most prestigious. One look at the faculty roster indicates that some of the most influential people in business, technology, and national policy are eager to share their expertise by teaching CU-Boulder students.

Preston Padden, executive vice president for government relations for Walt Disney Co., is the latest luminary to join the program as an adjunct professor in ITP and senior fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center (SFC), a center for law, technology, and entrepreneurship based in CU's School of Law.

"Preston understands the media business probably as well as or better than anyone in the United States," says Dale Hatfield, who has had a long-time association with the ITP as a faculty member and former director, following a distinguished career as chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and consulting firm entrepreneur.

Hatfield currently serves as interim director of the SFC while previous director Phil Weiser is on leave working as deputy assistant attorney general in the antitrust division of the U.S. Justice Department. Doug Sicker, associate professor of computer science who joined the program in 2002, also is providing service to the nation after being selected last summer as a senior advisor to the FCC National Broadband Plan, an element of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Other top professionals affiliated with ITP and SFC include Richard Green, former president and CEO of Cable Labs, and Pierre de Vries, former chief of incubation and senior director of advanced technology and policy at Microsoft Corp.

"The range of policy and technology leaders who teach our students is a unique advantage of the ITP curriculum," says ITP Director Timothy Brown.

Last fall, Money Magazine ranked Telecommunications Network Engineer as the No. 1 career in projected job growth, with 53 percent growth projected over the next 10 years. Equipped with extensive labs for teaching critical skills in networking, wireless, and network security, ITP is well positioned to serve this growing national and global need. Students can earn certificates and master of science degrees on campus in Boulder or online from anywhere.

With its faculty of top professionals, ITP has the perspective to teach students what they need to know for their careers today, and to become the leaders of tomorrow.

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