MURRAY, Ky. — On Friday, Sept. 22, Murray State University’s Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) students, along with TSM professor Dr. Abdulrahman Yarali, toured Verizon’s switch center in Chandler, Indiana.

A total of 18 TSM undergraduate and graduate students attended the field trip to learn about the wireless infrastructure and facilities at Verizon. Terry Parkinson, Verizon senior manager, gave the students a complete tour of the switch center, where processing of approximately one million mobile calls at any instant is monitored for Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The students had the chance to talk to radio-frequency and system engineers about the design, implementation, performance and monitoring of the wireless systems network.

“We are fortunate that Verizon allows us to tour their facilities and provide students with insight about Verizon and their networks,” said Yarali. “Students look forward to this opportunity each year.”

The TSM program is the award-winning Program of Distinction at Murray State University. The program is designed to focus on network infrastructure in the rapidly growing technology 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.