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From Point A to Point B... Student tests how far ultrafast wireless broadband can go!


...reposted from Ball State University, "Making an Impact"...

When it comes to wireless broadband, Ryan Lasure is playing a leading  role as he works on a Ball State University project testing  the ultrafast communications system known as WiMAX.

Lasure, ’10, MS information  and communication sciences, is overseeing a usability study for  wireless broadband.

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Using towers rather than fiber optics, WiMAX  promises to extend high-speed Internet access to previously underserved  areas, relieving the pressure placed on existing wireless infrastructure  by the growing use of smart phones and new mobile devices such as the  iPad.

"It is an amazing opportunity to be at Ball State and  working at the first location in North America to test the newest WiMAX  equipment," says Lasure, who hails from Sterling Heights, Michigan.  "Ball State is on the leading edge of wireless communications, and it  shows by the resources the university is putting into this project. "

Ball  State has partnered with AlvarionCisco Systems, and others to test  stationary and mobile wireless since 2005. And universities and colleges  around the country are knocking on Ball State's door for help in  building their wireless broadband systems. Ball State recently built and  is remotely managing a small test bed of wireless broadband for the  University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus.

In Muncie, Indiana,  Lasure is leading a group of students to examine how students living in  near-campus neighborhoods may use wireless broadband.

“In my  role, I lead a student team to coordinate with all the users and provide  surveys to gauge how our network is operating,” he says. “It has  improved my organizational skills by handling about 150 students. The  project also has allowed me to further understand market research.”

Lasure also is blogging about his experience for the Cisco  Mobility Community.

“It is obvious that Ryan has great  leadership potential because he knows what is going on, takes charge,  and has moved the WiMAX project forward,” said Kirsten  Smith, associate director, technology officer and labs manager for  Ball State’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS).

“He  has a great attitude and is organized, thoughtful and proactive. And  through it all, he still manages to be fun to work with. He understands  the big picture as well as the elements that make up that picture. I  believe he will be highly successful in whatever future he makes for  himself.”

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