Professors Jeremy Allnutt and Scott Tran Honored by the Volgenau School with Outstanding Teaching Awards

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Professor Jeremy Allnutt, the former director of the Telecommunications Graduate Program, received the Outstanding Teaching award for 2009. In addition, Professor Scott Tran, a long-time adjunct professor in Telecommunications, was honored with the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. Both were recognized at the Volgenau School's Spring Gala.

Jeremy Allnutt

Dr. Jeremy E. Allnutt has written well over 100 papers in peer reviewed conferences and journals (most in his special field: radiowave propagation), as well as three books (one as co-author). He is a Fellow of the US IEEE and a Fellow of its sister organization in the United Kingdom, the IET. Of all his appointments and work around the world, he has found the greatest fulfillment through his interactions with students: helping them to find a path through to their chosen careers; through research guidance; or in teaching. He has always followed the philosophy that teaching students the right answers is nowhere near as important as teaching them the right questions to ask.

Jeremy Allnutt earned his B.Sc. (1966) and Ph.D. (1970) in electrical engineering from the University of Salford (UK). After completing his dissertation, he moved south to Appleton Laboratory just outside London where, from 1970 to 1977, he ran propagation experiments with the American satellite ATS-6 and the European satellites SIRIO and OTS. In 1977, he left England to join Bell Northern Research (now Nortel) in Ottawa, Canada, where he worked on satellite and rural communications projects for two years before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1979 to join the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT). Jeremy Allnutt spent more than 15 years at INTELSAT in various departments. He proposed and ran research programs in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand, in addition to representing the organization in ITU fora in Geneva and around the world. When he took early retirement from INTELSAT, Jeremy was Chief, Communications Research Section.

Jeremy Allnutt's second career began as the first had, in England. He returned for a year's stint at the University of York as Professor of Telecommunications Systems. After catching the teaching bug in York, Jeremy came back to the States in 1996 with an appointment at Virginia Tech where he ran the graduate program in ECE at the Northern Virginia Center as well as helping to create their Masters in Information Technology program. He created and taught graduate courses in Information Theory, Analog & Digital Communications, Satellite Communications, Mobile Communications, Optical Fiber Communications, Electro-Optics, Introduction to Radar systems, and Communications Systems Design II, and was on the dean's list for teaching excellence for all four years he was at the university.

In August of 2000, Jeremy Allnutt moved to George Mason University where he has taught Digital Communications, Satellite Communications, and Advanced Link Design. He has served as Professor in the ECE department as well as Director of the Masters in Telecommunications (TCOM) program from its inception in 2000 until last year. As the founding director, Jeremy Allnutt grew the TCOM program to an average of more than 200 students over its first eight years, and was the sole advisor to all of those students. Less than a year later, after leading the development of the new Masters in Computer Forensics (CFRS) from initial concept through SHEV approval, he is now the interim director of that program, which opens in fall 2009.


Scott Tran

Scott Tran has been an adjunct professor in the TCOM Department at the Volgeneau School of Information Technology and Engineering, George Mason University since 2004. At George Mason, he teaches graduate courses on Internet Protocols, Voice Over IP and Advanced Routing Protocols.

He has extensive experience in both practical and academic aspects of applying communications networking technology. His work and research includes communications network architectures, advanced routing protocols and leading-edge applications over IP.

Dr. Tran currently works for the Department of Defense and is the director of the Enterprise Performance Analysis branch, Defense Information Systems Agence (DISA). In this role, he is in charge of providing the DoD modeling and simulation capabilities to assess network and real-time application performance in support of the warfighter. His latest work involves providing engineering assessments to consolidate voice, video and data networks into one converged and secured environment.

He has authored and presented several technical papers in the past and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the George Washington University.