Ray Zeisz is the Director of the Technology Infrastructure Lab at the Friday Institute. In this role he leads a team that researches, analyzes, and builds tools that enable policymakers to make informed decisions about the use of technology in public sector applications. While most work is focused on K-20 education, the TIL team often works on cross cutting topics that impact the overall wellbeing of students, such as healthcare, access to broadband and economic development.
Ray joined the Friday Institute in 2012 after a successful career in the private sector. Ray has held positions in software engineering, product management, and strategic business development at several companies including IBM and Juniper Networks. Ray holds numerous patents in the field of data networking and has been published in IEEE Communications. He was an active contributor to several IEEE standards and has written software that was deployed on millions of devices.
While Ray enjoys attending Wolfpack football games, he is a graduate of Virginia Tech.
Unique Problems, Unique Solutions for Broadband Access in Eastern N.C.
Ray Zeisz, director of the Technology Infrastructure Lab at the Friday Institute, talks about broadband access for students in rural Eastern North Carolina and his work with Hyde County Schools to pilot a program of SpaceX’s Starlink internet service to improve access.
New Satellite Internet Pilot Program to Connect Students in Two N.C. Counties
The North Carolina Department of Information Technology Broadband Infrastructure Office and the Friday Institute are leading a CARES Act-funded program that will assist two North Carolina school districts with implementing the “Satellite Internet Technologies for Student Connectivity Pilot,” which will allow students to access Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s (SpaceX) Starlink internet service.
Friday Institute Studying Emerging Wireless Broadband Technologies to Reduce Homework Gap in North Carolina
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is expanding its partnership with the Friday Institute with a new project to research, pilot and analyze emerging wireless technologies that can reduce the homework gap, particularly in rural areas.