Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science
What is your educational background?
My interest in the field of engineering was sparked when I sent my first email. It was such a new concept (almost twenty years ago), and I wanted to learn more about data networking. I have B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Ottawa and Ryerson University, both in Canada. I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Computer Engineering with a focus in IT and Telecommunication at the University of Guelph in Canada. My postdoctoral fellowship was done at the University of Toronto, where, years later, I also taught.
How long have you taught at UNH, and what courses do you teach?
I have been teaching at the University of New Haven for almost three years. I chose UNH because, as a smaller university, we are able to focus on teaching in the classrooms while offering students the opportunity to engage in research. We prepare our students for the industry. I teach all network engineering, telecommunication, wireless, and C++ programming courses. I am currently also working with several students on researching 4G wireless networks, their security, and quality of service.
What experience do you bring from the professional field into the classroom?
I worked at Nortel for over seven years as an Optical Works Administrator before transitioning to a position at Cisco and Daimler Chrysler in Toronto. I worked in their IT Department as a Senior Head Engineer in Networking. I was in charge of telecommunication and wireless networking — connecting, maintaining, and troubleshooting all of the plants to the head office through a wireless network.
What advice would you give to prospective students and their families?
Before choosing a program, try to set goals and long-term achievements for yourself to help figure out what you might want to do, career-wise. Make sure to ask yourself, “What will I be able to do with this degree in my life?” Look at the job market, and see if graduates are being hired from a specific program.
What are some fun facts about you?
I am a big fan of “The Simpsons.” Homer Simpson is my favorite character. While pursuing my Ph.D., I even used pictures and characters from the show during a presentation — everyone was laughing!