From The President
As I assume the responsibility of President and CEO of IRON, I am pleased to report that in October 2014, IRON celebrated its sixth year of operation. Coincidentally, we also completed an upgrade to the network backbone which provides for statewide, 10 Gbps connectivity between Coeur d'Alene, Pullman/Moscow, Clarkston/Lewiston, Boise, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls, in addition to interstate links into Salt Lake City and Spokane. This was made possible by a grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation and those who support IRON. With this substantial increase in bandwidth and connectivity, IRON's ability to enable collaboration in many new and exciting research projects with our Charter Associates will be materially enhanced, our end-users access to the internet will be accelerated, and IRON's expansion into distance education services had been made possible, with many new services being provisioned and made available to our Associates and their end-users. IRON is a proven facilitator of advanced network capability and stability in our state and region. I look forward to continuing this tradition while working with the IRON team to bring more bandwidth to more Idaho communities.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Idaho State University
IRON President and CEO for 2014-2015
IRON is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Guryan to the newly created position of Distance Education Coordinator.
Michael will directly support the objectives of the J. A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, through a $3.06 million grant awarded to IRON in May of 2012. The J. A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, and IRON, are committed to attracting new educators to Idaho, retaining students in Idaho, providing the basis for a well-educated workforce for the state, and creating a better overall environment for students, teachers and administrators throughout the state.
Michael will work with IRON's community of higher education, students, teachers, researchers, and Community Anchor Institutions (CAI's) to meet the goals of the grant 'to enhance our ability to provide a highly-reliable, cost-effective system for housing, accessing, and delivering Distance Learning content to and from all interested education entities throughout the state and the region.'
According to Stacey Carson, President of IRON, "Michael's significant experience in IT management, most recently in revamping the Idaho State Network (ISN), will give our Associates new and expanded capabilities as we build services on the maturing Idaho Regional Optical Network".
Prior to joining IRON, Mr. Guryan was the Enterprise IT Infrastructure Manager for the State of Idaho.