July News Update
July 1, 2005
USTTI Welcomes New Curriculum Coordinator
The USTTI is pleased to welcome its newest Curriculum Coordinator, Mr. Bill Tucker, who will officially join the USTTI team on July 5. Bill is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a B.A. in Foreign Affairs. Prior to joining the USTTI’s professional staff, Bill worked as a Research Assistant at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and was also the Assistant Manager at McKenney Hardware & Supply Company. Good luck, Bill!
WSIS Web Chat with Ambassador David Gross
Based upon the success and special outreach of previous USTTI web chats featuring FCC Commissioners and corporate Board representatives, the USTTI will host a web chat on Thursday, July 21, 2005 where Ambassador David Gross will focus on WSIS and Internet Governance issues. This interactive session will be open to USTTI alumni and friends throughout the developing world, and is designed to address issues that will arise at the September WSIS Preparatory Committee meeting in Geneva and at the WSIS summit in Tunis in November.
New Wireless Course Announcement
The USTTI is pleased to announce that USTTI Board member corporation, Bechtel Telecommunications, will be offering a new course this August on wireless communications. Bechtel’s course “Building Wireless Networks – Overview” will take place August 18 - 19, 2005 at their corporate offices in Frederick, Maryland and will be the first course in the USTTI’s summer wireless sequence that also includes training with Cingular, QUALCOMM, and Telemobile. The course objective is to help participants recognize critical project management requirements needed to successfully deploy wireless networks. We encourage you to review the complete description and apply today! Bechtel is represented on the USTTI Board of Directors by Timothy Statton, Executive Vice President and Director, Bechtel Group, Inc. and President, Bechtel Telecommunications Global Business Unit.
USTTI Alumnus Publishes Work on Satellite Communications
Mr. Shkelzen Cakaj, Network and Development Manager for Fixed Networks at Post and Telecommunication of Kosovo (PTK) in Prishtina, Kosovo has recently informed us of an exciting development in his career. At a recent international conference “Multimedia and Applications” held in Croatia and supported by IEEE, Mr. Cakaj’s work on satellite communications was published. This work “Sun Noise Measurement at Low Earth Orbiting Satellite Ground Station” was well accepted at the conference, and we congratulate him on this accomplishment. Importantly, Mr. Cakaj notes that his USTTI training in satellite communications (M4-302, M4-303) and spectrum management (M5-105) contributed to his preparation of this work. Any alumni interested in reviewing the complete paper can email USTTI Sr. Curriculum Coordinator Kelly O’Keefe at email@example.com.
Americans celebrate July 4th as Independence Day, marking the date Congress approved the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. This document was the full and formal declaration adopted July 4, 1776 by representatives of the Thirteen Colonies in North America announcing the separation of those colonies from Great Britain and transforming them into the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence signaled the Americans’ wish to gain their Independence from the British, and was approved on July 4, 1776. This day has remained the chief American patriotic holiday and is traditionally celebrated by Americans by attending concerts, parades, and watching fireworks in the evening.
USTTI’s Applicant Pool
As of July 1, USTTI has received 9,608 applications from communications officials and entrepreneurs from 128 countries for our 2005 training courses. That is over 100 more applications than had been received by this date in 2004 (a year which featured our strongest applicant pool in history). We thank all of you who have already submitted applications, and we look forward to receiving applications from those who have yet to apply for our 3rd trimester courses.
Summer Arrives in Northern Hemisphere
Summer has arrived, bringing heat and humidity once again to the nation’s capital. With the temperature rising, we want our participants to be prepared! The average high in Washington, DC in July and August is 30 degrees, while the average low is 21. Please pack business attire appropriate for hot weather. Additionally, expect indoor temperatures to be set around 20 degrees. For inquiries about weather in other training sites in the U.S., please consult The Weather Channel one week prior to departure. To receive the forecast in Celsius, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “metric units.”