Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology

Success Stories

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

Telecommunications Engineering Technology, Bachelors 2001 / Masters 2007

Jonathan Edwards graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors Degree in Telecommunications Engineering Technology and in 2007 completed a Masters Degree in Telecommunications Engineering Technology.  He chose the Technical option of the undergrad program in order to take courses that explored several aspects of the Telecommunications Industry including Data Networking, LAN technology and Wireless protocols.  The graduate program provided the additional opportunity of taking on the management aspect of the Telecommunication Industry.  Jonathan grew up in the Bronx and has been in Upstate NY since 2001.

Jonathan has been working for Verizon Wireless since 2008 as a Radio Frequency Engineer. After several years of working on the Wireless Network for the Mid-Hudson and Catskill areas in Upstate NY, he is currently working on In-door and Special Coverage solutions in the NY Metro area.  Jonathan has also worked for Nextel Partners, which went through a merger in 2006 with Sprint-Nextel Corp; he started working in 2001 as a System Performance Engineer and in 2005, he was promoted to a Radio Frequency Engineer for Upstate NY East and Vermont where he helped with planning, design and performance of the Wireless Network.  While at RIT, Jonathan also worked at Frontier Telephone in Rochester, NY and Clearwire in Buffalo, NY.

Jeff Gasper

Jeff Gasper

Telecommunications Engineering Technology, 1999

Jeff Gasper is a 1999 graduate of the Telecommunications Engineering Technology program at RIT.  Jeff is originally from the Rochester, NY area, and currently resides in Central New York with his wife and two children.  He sits on the TET Alumni Advisory Board at RIT and has had speaking engagements at RIT most recently at the 2006 VoIP Conference. 

Jeff has worked the last two and a half years at American Fiber Systems which is headquartered here in Rochester.  Jeff started at AFS as the Carrier Sales Engineer and is now a Senior Director of Sales in the Carrier Sales group.  In the Carrier Sales role Jeff has added new and grown existing carrier accounts which include major telecom providers (Verizon Business, Global Crossing) and Data Centers (BlueBridge Networks in Cleveland, SingleEdge in Salt Lake City).  Jeff also worked for ChoiceOne Communications and Ascend Communications upon graduating from RIT.  Jeff is active on the TET Alumni Advisory Board, and has donated networking equipment to the Telecommunications Engineering Lab for student use. While attending RIT, Jeff held co-op positions at Nortel, Sprint PCS, and Global Crossing in various wire line and wireless roles in several cities across the country.

Darren Mass

Darrem Mass

Telecommunications Engineering Technology, 2003

As a TET graduate of the class of 2003, I was provided with all of the necessary skills to help further my success in the career that I chose.  I had a concentration in Criminal Justice (just in case TET didn't work out).  I grew up on Long Island so the transition for me to work in NYC was an easy one. 

My current position is the Manager or Engineering for the Eastern region of PAETEC Communications, Inc.  All of my co-ops were at PAETEC but I made my rounds in different departments.  PAETEC enabled me to grow my telecom knowledge by starting out in the NOC, then to the 5ESS switch as a technician and lastly as a Service Engineer in NYC.  Through the lessons that I had learned @ RIT and the 'real-life' experiences that I obtained during my co-ops, my career was started on the right path. 

In the near future, I am working on climbing the corporate ladder to a Director position.  PAETEC is rapidly growing and I would like to continue on with the process.  For now, I see myself continuing on the path that I have been walking on.  Possibly some time in the future, I would like to start my own company and entertain the idea of CEO.  Anything is possible if you truly put your energy and focus into your task at hand.

Matthew McConchie

Matthew McConchie

Telecommunications Engineering Technology, 2003

Matthew McConchie came to RIT from the Washington, DC area of Northern Virginia.  Matt graduated in May of 2003 with a Bachelors of Science in Telecommunications Engineering Technology.  Matt did not pursue a minor but did select a liberal arts concentration in Political Science.  While attending RIT, Matt was active in the Corner Crew at RIT hockey games and enjoyed the typical college hobbies.  Games, Movies, TV.  After graduation, Matt returned to the Washington DC area but returns to RIT for hockey games, or whenever he misses the cold weather.

Matt enjoyed the academic and professional challenge that the Co-Op program at RIT provided.  His first three blocks were spent with a company that performed Cellular data collection and network optimization (think the Verizon Guy, only a bit more hi-tech).  His final co-op block landed him a job transferring routing software on X.25 networks from a Unix environment to a Linux environment.  Yes, X.25 still exists.

After graduation, Matt got a job in the defense industry with one of the Nation's largest employers, Lockheed Martin.  While at Lockheed Martin he completed his Masters of Science in Telecommunications from George Mason University, focusing on Satellite and Optical networking.  When your employer offers you free tuition, consider it an investment in your career.  Matt loves the work he is doing for Lockheed Martin.  He works with many different telecommunications technologies daily and is getting broad exposure to the marketplace.

On the side Matt has an unofficial, friendly side "business" installing networking, A/V and security equipment in homes of his friends, family and neighbors.  Most of the skills he uses on a daily basis he has RIT to thank for.  

John Reaghart

John Reaghart

Telecommunications Engineering Technology, 2003

John Reaghart, originally from Clarion, Pennsylvania, graduated from RIT in 2003 with a BS in Telecommunications Engineering Technology.  He currently lives in Washington, D.C.

After graduating from RIT; John pursued graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  At CMU John studied Information Security with a concentration on the policy and management angles of the field.  John currently works as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

While at RIT, John completed co-ops in the telecommunications sector as well as with the FBI. John feels that the technical expertise gained at RIT, as well as the opportunity to participate in the co-op program, were extremely effective stepping stones to graduate school and his work with the FBI.   

When asked if there was anything special that he would like to tell potential RIT Telecommunications Engineering Technology students he said:  “The thing I think I'd emphasize most, is that being at RIT gave me the *opportunity* to do so many different things.  Co-ops in both the private sector and with the government, a great technical education, a job with Campus Security that launched my interest in law enforcement, a telecommunications study abroad that was amazing (and which helped out on the grad school app).  There is so much stuff that a student at RIT can get involved in if they put in a little effort.  After being out for over 3 years now, that is my strongest impression -- Being at RIT provided all the opportunities, and stepping stones, that I needed to do the things I wanted to do with my life.

Craig M. Ross

Craig Ross

Telecommunications Engineering Technology, 2006

Craig is originally from Ransomville NY a small town upstate near Lake Ontario.  Craig now resides in Canandaigua NY with his wife Heather and they are expecting their first child this December. 

Achievements: Craig currently works as a telecommunications technician at the State University of New York College at Geneseo.  Craig started at Geneseo in July of 1999.  Prior to Geneseo, Craig worked at SUNY Buffalo as a student telecommunication technician.   Craig is currently enrolled at SUNY Utica/Rome in the online MBA in technology management. 

Future goals: Craig’s short term goal is to become an assistant director or director of a Telecommunications or IT department in higher education.  Craig’s long term goal is to become a Chief Information Officer in higher education. 

Chris Seymour

Chris Seymour

Telecommunications Engineering Technology, 2003

Chris Seymour graduated in 2003 with a major in Telecommunications Engineering Technology.  He is originally from Kinnelon, NJ and now lives in Germantown, MD where he works for Booz Allen Hamilton.  His hobbies include recreational activities with his dog and researching investment and business opportunities.  

After attending RIT, he went to graduate school at the University of Maryland where he earned an M.S. degree in Telecommunications.  After completing his first year, he accepted an offer from the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.  He feels many of the classes he took at RIT, both the technical and liberal arts classes helped him get where he is today.  He specifically relies on the material from his technical courses to provide advice to his clients.  The technical knowledge is very valuable because it gave him an in-depth understanding of how communication technologies work.  The liberal arts classes also improved his writing.  Learning how to write well is very important since all his clients want to see reports.

Since he was technically well prepared for his current position, it has given him the opportunity to grow into new areas within the firm.  He plans on learning more about the business of consulting and generating new work for the firm by bringing in new clients.