IOL Star Winners

The IOL Star commends student employees who perform exceptionally, whether for long periods of service or for short intensive effort and achievement. The IOL Star is a reward for going above and beyond. Those who earn the honor are often self-motivated individuals who, when they see something that needs to be done, take the initiative to do it on top of everything else they have to do. It can be for individuals who get stuck doing a task they don't want to do and yet rise to the occasion and do it well. It can be awarded to someone who does an exceptional job on a single development project, or in recognition of an individual's dedicated service to the organization over a period of months or years.

January 2022

Spencer Janelle

Spencer has been with us since the summer before his freshman year. He started as a test technician, quickly learning multiple test plans. He then learned LabVIEW to be able to update and improve our test tools, while continuing to learn more difficult test plans. He quickly became the senior technician on the ANEG test team, taking over training, reviewing reports and results from his team, and helping to on-board new hires. He has also become a great resource for both his team and the rest of the Baseband Industry for troubleshooting problem devices, debugging test setups, and answering general questions from our team and others. This summer, Spencer took on an additional role to help organize and improve our process for building, testing, and selling our test fixtures to our customers. He has trained additional technicians to solder and populate the boards, and worked with the team to improve the process overall. When he’s not helping out in the Baseband industry, he can often be found helping out with labwide activities. Spencer has frequently given tours and talks to prospective students and often assisted with our STEM outreach activities before COVID. He has also been a lead developer for the Tracker Bot and acted as a point person for the making the Tracker Bot into the much less annoying Availability Bot during the most recent Hack Day. Overall, it has been fantastic to have Spencer as part of the ANEG team, our Baseband team, and the IOL as a whole. His ability to learn things quickly and train others has greatly benefited our team, those around him, and the value we are able to provide to our customers.

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Wesley Newsam

Wesley has been an instrumental employee in the Wireless Testing Service, overseeing the majority of testing over the past year. Wesley’s excellent knowledge of the OctoScope test equipment and great troubleshooting skills ensure the team keep up with testing throughput, and enable the UNH-IOL to provide our customers with the highest quality results. Over the past 6 months, the lab has enabled multiple vendors to publish the first BBF.398 Grade Wi-Fi devices, which is the industry's first ever Wi-Fi performance benchmark. Going beyond his responsibilities in the Wireless Testing Service, Wesley has worked directly on a contract project, spanning DSL, DOCSIS, and Wi-Fi technologies, gathering performance, throughput, and latency measurements that have enabled the creation of detailed network emulation models for those technology combinations. Those models are now being used in the ongoing development and improvement of video codecs used for interactive online services and gaming. Wesley’s hard work is credited to his dedication to the UNH-IOL and our customers.

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Morgan Kahn

Morgan Kahn has worked with us for just over a year now and has made a big impact on our NVMe testing and customer satisfaction. Morgan is very reliable and puts in quality work both during semester and during our break periods. Since her start, NVMe has progressed into a very test heavy group, with testing occurring at least 45 weeks out of the year, and without a solid reliable test team, we would quickly fall behind and have big problems. Coming from a non-technical background, Morgan has applied herself into a different world with debugging and troubleshooting, and is able to work out problems in testing that otherwise could cause delays and other problems. It has been great to see Morgan develop her debugging skills and become a lead tester in the group. She is also always willing to help out and has a great attitude towards work, and is constantly looking for the next thing to work on to keep the group testing running smoothly. She is a member of the group that we never have to worry about if she will get her tasks completed in a timely manner, give her a job to do and Morgan will get it done!

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Dilan Patel

Dilan Patel has worked in the Datacenter NVMe group for almost a year and has become one of the most productive individuals on the team. Dilan consistently exceeds his hours worked and productivity. He likes to dig into issues that require it and resolves many customer issues in a timely manner. He has addressed the most customer issues in the NVMe group. Dilan has become a “goto” person in the group due to his ability to get to the root of the problem. Dilan also created a tool to allow us to scan all of the NVMe SSDs that come in for testing to give us a database of SSDs and support features. This database has been used constantly since its inception. He has taken it upon himself to learn and debug the Avery QEMU system, was instrumental in finding an issue with older system command sets problem, and continues to work on his primary projects of ZNS and DDCSSD development. Dilan mentors junior technicians and offers assistance easily. Keep up the great work Dilan it is greatly appreciated.

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Dan Kirichok

Dan Kirichok has been working on the IPv6 testing team and has recently started to transition towards INTACT development. After joining the IPv6 team, Dan quickly got up to speed on the Core and Address Architecture test suites. He has since become one of the group’s strongest and most dependable technicians, helping other team members with their testing or automation issues and device setup whenever he can, and even performing overtime testing when the need arises. As Dan has been transitioning to INTACT development, he has been curious, intuitive, and receives feedback from other members of the team very well. Dan has been a quick learner and over the course of only a couple of months, he has picked up the basics of the INTACT software and is providing great value to the team. As one of the more senior employees in IP (and in the lab as a whole), Dan’s experience and ability can shine through in any project he takes on.


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August 2021

Sam Muldrow

Sam started at the lab in December 2020, and immediately hit the ground running learning all of our DSL testing in just a matter of a few months. From there Sam further applied his skills toward development of our software, and test scripts. Sam has also made huge contributions to organization and team leadership, taking on creating documents and spreadsheets to help keep track of team progress and ensure that not only is all work tackled, but it’s approached in what is the most efficient way. 

One feature of an IOL Star is the ability to contribute their thought leadership and truly embody our innovation culture. Sam does this every day, always suggesting new ideas or better approaches to solving problems. Outside of all of this, Sam is an excellent person to work with, always quick to a joke, and always the first one to raise his hand to volunteer for any task. Sam is the definition of an IOL Star.


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Marc Tausanovitch

Marc Tausanovitch has risen from a Baseband 2017 summer intern to an instrumental member of the Power over Ethernet team over the past 2.5 years.  Adeptly learning 802.3 PoE concepts and immediately contributing to test solutions for the Ethernet Alliance Certification program, assisting with both the PD and PSE test development and effectively filling any gaps the team identified through his skills and ingenuity.

Marc’s next challenge started when the lab won the opportunity to develop the Power and Data Certification test specification and testing contracts for the Ethernet Advanced Physical Layer (APL) group of industry-leading Industrial Automation organizations, namely: PNO (Profinet / Siemens); ODVA (EtherNet/IP / Rockwell); FieldComm Group and OPC Foundation.  These industry rivals in the ‘fieldbus wars’ turned to UNH-IOL to assist in this new common Ethernet-APL technology, and UNH-IOL turned to the logical choice of Marc to lead the Power test specification and tooling development efforts.  Working side-by-side with industry leading specification authors (Steffen Graber) and IEEE 802.3 experts (George Zimmerman), Marc’s efforts resulted in the launch of Ethernet-APL Certification specifications this past July, efforts and successes that continue to open doors for the IOL within the Industrial Automation ecosystem.  While Marc did not work in isolation, the vast majority of the successful Power test plan’s creation, implementation, and execution is a result of Marc’s ability, skills and dedication to the timely fulfillment of the IOL’s obligations.  

Marc’s professionalism, technical skills, determination and confidence reflect well not only on himself, but on the organization as a whole, and he is well deserving of the recognition of a rising IOL Star.


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Abe Elias

Abraham “Abe” Elias started at the lab March 16, 2020, a perfectly normal date in a perfectly normal world, until the week ended and the pandemic started a work-from-home for all at UNH.  Weathering this challenge, Abe still learned to work with a new team, a new technology, and a challenging set of tools reliant heavily on human expert analysis to determine results.  In addition to these challenges, Abe had to endure management changes and turnover in his team resulting in much of the testing burden falling on his capable shoulders.  Add to this, the tests and tools learned are in flux. The tools are changing, ideally for the better, with assistance from Abe. Also changing are the test cases as the industry, Open Alliance, and ISO move the test plans to international standards.  Throughout all of this, Abe has demonstrated reliable skill and quality of execution, while remaining flexible and adaptable to the process, providing feedback when necessary but never complaining. Abe has been instrumental in eradicating the group’s testing backlog, appeasing customers and the Automotive OEMs who rely on the team’s reporting, while reducing burdens on other team members and simultaneously training the next generation of technicians.  

Abe’s professionalism, attention to detail, reliability, quick learning and skill make him a valuable addition to the Single Pair Ethernet team, and well earned recognition as a rising IOL Star.


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Mason McDonald

Mason was hired into IP in November of 2020 and started testing IKEv2/IPsec protocols. After showing great aptitude he was immediately placed with the packages team the following January. His impact was immediate and has been a key member of the team ever since. Mason constantly demonstrates his ability to quickly and effectively master new test plans and develop scripts with impressive speed. Mason is always eager to tackle new projects and constantly establishes himself as a resource for others. His work is highly dependable and greatly contributes to the team's success.

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Michael Baumer

Michael “Sigi” Baumer has become a senior PHY member, regularly demonstrating leadership and knowledge with anyone that talks with him. He is responsible for testing that gets requested sporadically, which means he often has to learn new test plans from scratch. In addition, he has become our point of contact for our PCIe testing and our OCP boards, regularly answering customer questions and developing documentation.

Over the last semester, he has stepped up to take on a significant amount of cable testing for a contract. This was testing that he had never run before, but he quickly learned to do the testing and worked to not only complete the testing, but to train others so they could have this testing running around the clock. He was always willing to come into the lab at all hours to swap cables or change the temperature of the setup so the long test cases could be run overnight and on weekends. With his help, we were able to complete the testing and complete the reports that our customer needed to deliver to their customers.


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