For Immediate Release
April 10, 2014
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TULSA, Okla. – A team of OU-Tulsa telecommunications engineering students took top honors in the ITERA (Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association) Student Business Case Study Competition, held at ITERA’s 12th Annual Conference on Telecommunications and Information Technology, April 4-6, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Students Rasha El Hajj, Kyrus Kuplicki, Kashish Jaiswal and Rupesh Nomula were awarded first prize for their presentation, “Critical Infrastructure Secure Network.” They developed their project in response to a solicitation by the U.S. government and the governments of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee for the design, implementation and operation of a secure and sustainable communications system linking five sites that store dangerous materials.
“ITERA’s annual conference is highlighted by a challenging network design case study open to teams of graduate and undergraduate students,” said ITERA Board Chairman Michael Bowman, associate professor of Telecommunications System Management at Murray State University. “In addition to the technical aspects of a network, students must include critical business and project management issues such as return on investment, business plan and life cycle costs. We congratulate the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa’s winning team.”
Student team leader Rasha El Hajj said it was an honor to represent OU-Tulsa in the ITERA case study completion. “We learned a great deal and worked hard, so it is gratifying that our work was acknowledged. We are grateful to our faculty sponsor and to everyone else who supported us.”
Pramode Verma, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Telecommunications Engineering Program at the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering, served as faculty sponsor.
James J. Sluss, Jr., Ph.D., Director and Morris R. Pitman Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Electrical and Computer Engineering said the college is proud of OU-Tulsa’s student team. “The first place win is strong evidence of their intellectual capability, excellent academic preparation, competitive spirit and strong work ethic.”