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August 19, 2004

Bechtel Telecommunications Joins USTTI Board of Directors

The USTTI welcomes Bechtel Telecommunications, a Unit of Bechtel Corporation, to the USTTI Board of Directors. Timothy D. Statton, Executive Vice President and Director of Bechtel Group and President of Bechtel Telecommunications Global Business Unit as of September 1, will represent the company on the Board. We look forward to their collaboration in USTTI’s efforts to share the latest technology and policy information with leaders from the developing world.

Alumni Update

Congratulations to Mr. Lennard Moorley, Human Resources Development Manager of the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT), who was recently elected as Chairman of the Management Committee of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization’s New Programme for Development and Training. Mr. Moorley is a 2001 USTTI graduate of course M1-214, “Building and Managing the Network in an Internet and Wireless World – Developing Utility Grade Infrastructures for the Network of the Future,” sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Company. Special thanks are due to the exceptional trainers at HP who made this course possible. Best wishes go to Lennard and Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago for their continued professional advancement.

Congratulations also go to Ing. Juan Jose del Valle Granados of Costa Rica, who was recently promoted to Senior Manager for Project Development in the area of Network Management and Maintenance. Ing. del Valle is an employee of the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity Network Management (ICE), and is a 2004 graduate of MCI’s senior-level telecommunications management course, “Managing Effectively in the Changing Telecommunications Environment.”

USTTI Applicant Pool

The USTTI is enjoying the strongest applicant pool in its 22-year history, having already processed an unprecedented 10,542 applications from officials in 128 countries. As we approach our third trimester, the USTTI has graduated 178 officials from 80 countries – and we are on pace to serve over 90 countries by the end of the training year.

CITEL – World Bank VoIP Videoconference

As part of USTTI’s efforts to use technology to broaden our training outreach to the developing world, USTTI, along with experts from AT&T, BellSouth, Cisco Systems, FCC and Verizon, recently hosted a videoconference through the World Bank’s Global Development Learning Network. This interactive dialogue on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) connected senior officials attending a CITEL meeting in Paraguay as well as leaders and USTTI alumni from Nicaragua, Chile, and Peru. The event was a great success, and we look forward to future videoconference activities.

USTTI Welcomes New Curriculum Coordinator

The USTTI is pleased to welcome our newest Curriculum Coordinator, Ms. Francesca Tripodi, who joined the USTTI team on August 2. Francesca is a native of Colorado and a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she obtained a B.A. in Communications. Prior to joining the USTTI’s professional staff, Francesca worked with the Fox Cable Network Group.

USTTI Interns Present Country Briefings

Throughout the year and especially during the busy summer training months, the USTTI relies upon the efforts of several interns from Washington, DC-area universities to assist in the vital daily operations of the USTTI. The interns also assist by providing the USTTI staff with extensive briefing materials on countries and areas of particular interest. On July 20, Jorge Arriaza and Lacy Smith of American University, Elizabeth Wellford of George Washington University, and Jacqueline Wolfert of Georgetown University each presented a detailed report on the history, government, and communications infrastructure of Nicaragua, Armenia, Cambodia, and Madagascar, respectively. Their informative reports and valuable insights have enlightened the staff with a better idea of the challenges and opportunities these countries face, and we congratulate them on a job well done!


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