MURRAY, Ky. — The Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) case study team from Murray State University won the 2017 ITERA National Case Study Competition in Nashville, Tennessee on April 8, 2017. The team competed against many universities from across the country.

Teams of students were required to solve a hypothetical, but realistic, telecommunications problem at the annual competition. This year the case study challenged student teams to develop a model architecture for a national network that would support the secure movement of personal health record information amongst medical service providers as directed by individual record holders.

The finalists included Murray State University, James Madison University, Ball State University and Ohio University. This is the 11th time Murray State has qualified as a finalist and the fifth time winning the national competition, which is more than any other college competing. Kenneth Jessee, Prathyusha Chowdary Recherla, Susheel Valtoori, Wesley Morefield and William Hudson formed this year’s TSM case study team. Kenneth Jessee represented Murray State at the competition.

“The ITERA competition provided a wonderful opportunity for us to get practical experience in planning and managing a system’s design and presenting that solution to a panel in a real-world environment,” said Kenneth Jessee. “The TSM master’s program combined classroom-based learning with real-world experience to prepare us for a wide range of positions in various industries.”

All Murray State students in the competition have graduated from the TSM master’s of science program. The students completed the case study during the TSM capstone course. Michael Ramage, director of the Center for TSM, was the faculty sponsor and mentor for the winning team. Each member of the winning team received an iPad courtesy of Facebook for his or her victory in the competition.

The Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association (ITERA) was formed in 2005 to encourage and support telecommunications science and network with professors, educators and researchers. Murray State was a charter member of the organization and several faculty and staff have held positions within the organization over the years. ITERA consists of about 20 schools located across the United States.

The TSM program is the award-winning Program of Distinction at Murray State University. The program was designed to focus on the information systems infrastructure in the rapidly growing telecommunications industry. The TSM program is an interdisciplinary program that provides students a solid foundation in information systems technologies and the application of those technologies in a business environment.

Kenneth Jessee (left) and Michael Ramage (right) at the 2017 ITERA conference in Nashville, Tennessee on April 8, 2017. Jessee represented the TSM case study team with Ramage as a faculty sponsor.