By Kerry Munson - July 17, 2012
In August 2009, I was hired by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) as the Labâ€™s receptionist. My background consisted of only basic computer and technical skills that I had obtained throughout my three years earning an Associateâ€™s degree in Liberal Arts as along with prior experience growing up with a computer. A technical background was not as imperative in an administrative position as it would have been if I was hired into the lab as a technician in one of the consortiums. Over the next three years, I expanded my day to day responsibilities from answering phones and greeting visitors, to creating invoices, becoming an expert shipper, assisting with the hiring process and much more. Still after three years, I only had an elementary understanding of what the different consortiums did here at the lab.
By Jessica Constant - July 11, 2012
Hey everyone its Jessica Constant from the Digital Living Consortium (DLC)! I am a junior Civil Engineering major at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and I would like to share with you my experience coming into the UNH-IOL as a Civil Engineering major. Most of the gentlemen in the DLC have majors that relate to computer sciences, such as Information Technology (IT) and Electrical Engineering (EE). Luckily, they are very patient and take the time to teach certain technical details, such as counting in binary. Coming into the lab was intimidating for me, knowing almost all of my coworkers had a computer science background.
By Matthew Goepfert - June 28, 2012
My name is Matthew Goepfert, and I work in the Fibre Channel (FC) Consortium. I am currently a junior majoring in Information Technology (IT). Upon ending my sophomore year this past winter, I was in need of a job that would give me hands-on experience with some aspect of IT. I have always had a particular interest in computer networking and plan on getting involved with system/network administration upon graduation. I had heard many positive remarks about the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) from several students at UNH regarding the vast knowledge and experience that people obtain from working there. After applying and being accepted at the start of this past spring semester, I found out that I would be working in the FC Consortium. Up until that point, I had never even heard about FC, let alone had any actual experience with it. This would soon change, as I have gained a very personal level of knowledge regarding the technology from performing various tests on FC devices.
By Samantha Martell - June 15, 2012
The UNH-IOL has a 7,200 square-foot facility to support test events, holding up to 60 companies at a time. UNH-IOL hosted events allow both member and non-member companies to accomplish detailed, thorough testing with industry partners. These events typically focus on fostering the interoperability of a particular technology, often when the technology is in its first stages of implementation. Industry Forums and individual customers benefit from these events by gaining early access to unreleased products in new technology spaces, finding problems before their customers do, and obtaining feedback to draft standards.
By Dan McGloughlin - June 7, 2012
As the end of the Spring 2012 term was coming to an end, I knew I was going to need a summer job. My Intro-to-Industry (I2I) internship here at the UNH-IOL was going to finish a few weeks before the end of the semester and the experience was a blast. I thought, why not apply for work at a place where Iâ€™ve been learning so much and having a good time? So, thatâ€™s what I did.
By David Estes - May 21, 2012
We are proud to announce that we are working with the OPEN (One Pair EtherNet) Alliance to become the first test house to perform physical layer conformance and interoperability testing for one pair Ethernet products in automotive applications. Reducing the cable to only one pair will reduce the weight and cost required to add Ethernet to automobiles. The OPEN Alliance is comprised of auto manufacturers, parts suppliers, and chip manufacturers to promote the adoption of one pair Ethernet for automotive communication. The OPEN Alliance is also assisting in defining the standard for higher-speed reduced pair Ethernet.
By Jonathan Noyes - May 16, 2012
My name is Jonathan Noyes and I am a senior at the University of New Hampshire in the Computer Science (CS) Department and student technician at the UNH-IOL. For my senior project I worked with two other CS students developing a mobile application for the UNH Sustainability Academy.
By Pamela Woodland - May 10, 2012
As graduation nears, I begin to reflect on the experiences I have had throughout my college career, as well as my employment with the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). Come the end of this month, I will have been employed with the UNH-IOL for three years and at that time I will be seeking employment within the healthcare field. Despite the fact that the UNH-IOL has not provided me with experience in regards to healthcare, it has given me a solid foundation as I go on to become a young career professional.
By Mike Hagen - May 1, 2012
The UNH-IOL offers an opportunity that most graduate students never get to experience: hands-on learning with cutting edge technologies. More so than with undergraduate studies, the realm of graduate research is typically entirely theoretical. Complementary to the classroom, here at the lab, students have the opportunity to perform research on actual devices. Staffed by full-time employees and graduate students, we are able to forge relationships with vendors that most graduate students never get exposed to. This affords the benefits of accessing prototype hardware and software that may not be available outside of our special relationships for years in some cases.
By Kerry Munson - April 20, 2012
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) is an establishment visited by vendors and visitors traveling from all over the world throughout the year for numerous reasons. Many come to test their company's technical equipment and devices, or to learn about the services we offer to our customers and others come to learn about opportunities we have for students interested in technology. Some of our guests are here to attend what we call Plugfest events, these events entail multiple technical companies coming together and testing their products with other company's products. Other vendors come for "in-house testing", which is a single company of one or more representatives coming in to test their products in our lab. The other types of visitors we have are people unfamiliar with our facility that are here to tour the lab to see what we do. These people can be CEO's from multi-million dollar corporations or high school juniors looking for potential employment and internship opportunities. As the receptionist for the UNH-IOL, I have had the privilege of having first contact with each of our guests over the past three years. From this, I have learned firsthand the importance of making a friendly and welcoming first impression. The impression our visitors have when they walk in the door will stay with them throughout their visit and long thereafter.