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Ray Trygstad: Biography
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I have broad experience and education in information technology, cyber security, the Internet, the World Wide Web, personal computers, management, and education and training. As Associate Chair of the Department of Information Teachnology and Management (ITM) at Illinois Institute of Technology, I design and manage curriculum for ITM undergraduate and graduate degrees; advise undergraduate and graduate students; direct and manage the department staff; and evaluate and hire instructors for courses. I drafted the submissions and guided department though program accreditation by the Computer Accreditation Commission of ABET and designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. I currently serve on several major faculty committees and am Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Until fall of 2016, I also served as the Director of Information Technology for the School of Applied Technology at Illinois Tech. I've been the Information Systems Administrator for a university department and for a Navy aviation squadron with over 500 people, and I've managed a multimedia center providing campus-wide multimedia computing support. As Client Services Manager for Illinois Tech's Computing and Network Services (CNS) I managed a division responsible for all CNS computer labs, Novell networks, the Helpdesk, and all technical and structural aspects of the university's Web site. I've had wide experience with the World Wide Web and I have created and maintained a large group of homepages, including pages for the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, for alumni of the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Naval and Maritime page of the World Wide Web Virtual Library. I've been the Webmaster for multiple Web servers at IIT and I was the direct line supervisor of the University Webmaster. I created and coordinated the IIT Internet Access program, providing Internet Education for students, educators and business people and Internet access for community groups and activities. Through this program I was responsible for basic Internet education of over 1000 students, including 800 K-12 educators. As an outgrowth of this program, I was also the Program Manager of IIT's Certificate Program in Educational Technology. In addition to instructing Information Technology, I have taught Computer Science, Web Design for the e-Commerce Masters program aand DIsaster Recovery for the Master of Public Administration program of Illinois Tech's Stuart School of Business, and I've taught e-Commerce technology for the University of Chicago. Conversant with DOS, Windows, Linux, UNIX and Amiga computers, I have extensive conventional and computer graphics experience as well as formal Navy training and experience in information security. I'm a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, and having earned a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Denver I was designated a Computer Systems Management Subspecialist by the U. S. Navy. In addition to academic and university computing duties, I have a consulting & training practice focusing on Internet technologies, cyber security, and the World Wide Web. This background, coupled with my years of service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, has provided me with a unique perspective on the problems of managing and teaching technology. My experience as a college professor as well as over four years as Navy Flight Instructor has made me an expert in curriculum development. Prior to my current positions with IIT, I was an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at IIT. I'm a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association of Information Technology Professionals, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, the Internet Society, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. I was a long-time member of the U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. I served on the Ad-Hoc Committee which drafted By-Laws for the World Wide Web Virtual Library and was a founding member of the Council of that organization. I was a member of the Association of Internet Professionals Certification Accreditation Council which defined accreditation standards for Internet training and educational programs on an international level and served as a Subject Matter Expert for the CompTIA i-Net+ certification examination. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group in Information Technology Education (ACM SIGITE). As a professional member of Gamma Nu Eta, the National Information Technology Honor Society, I serve as the Faculty Adviser of the ΓNH Beta Chapter, and I am the Past Chair of the Gamma Nu Eta National Board of Directors.