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New technology program appoints Carbonara associate vice president

Sept. 18, 1996


By Theresa D. Jacoby

Lariat Reporter

An University telecommunications professor was appointed associate vice president for technology.

Last spring, Dr. Corey P. Carbonara, professor of telecommunications, became associate vice president for Technology Management for the University and executive director of the Institute for Technology Innovation Management.

ITIM is a new program at the University with a mission to develop relationships with public and private entities to conduct research and to provide educational and professional opportunities for the students and faculty. The program also serves the general public at large. The institute serves the University primarily by providing new research and development opportunities, capitalizing on opportunities for technology licensing and commercialization and providing innovative leadership in distance learning.

ITIM encourages University students and faculty to use technologies to create innovative distance learning programs. The programs are designed to allow people who are unable to attend the University's physical campus to still be able to participate in courses for college credit.

The three technologies which the distance learning programs are focusing on are the internet, video conference and courses via satellite. Eventually, courses will be available through the technologies. However, they are not meant to replace the classroom, but rather for people such as missionaries or lawyers to update their education by taking continuing education courses without having to travel to campus.

'We seek to provide new and exciting opportunities for both faculty and students in working in cutting edge areas on a global scale,' Carbonara said. 'Opportunities for students are the heart of this institute.'

According to the ITIM website and Carbonara, ITIM works with organizational units of the University to develop contracts with private corporations, government agencies and non-profit and educational organizations in order for the institute to completely serve its mission.

With distance learning innovations, the institute will also generate supplemental revenue for Baylor.

Some goals of ITIM are to provide new information to the University community on new research and development opportunities in corporations and other institutions that have not worked with the University in the past and to develop strategic relationships with organizations that might potentially contribute to the University's operating budget. Another goal is to provide these organizations access to research and development done by students and faculty of the University and their colleagues.

Some benefits of having a program like ITIM at the University are establishing new internships for students with major companies, creating career path opportunities and a chance to work more harmoniously with other academic and corporate institutions.

'It is a vehicle for exploring the role of appropriate technology for the distribution of Baylor University educational offerings,' Carbonara said.

Carbonara is the former director of telecommunications. In addition to his position with the University, he is currently a member of the United States Delegation to the International Radio Consultative Committee of the International Telecommunication Union, which are United Nations based committees.

He represents the United States on the technical issue to decide what the worldwide standardization of digital audio and video should be.

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