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Kurt DeMaagd

ORG Michigan State University Title BIO Kurt DeMaagd is an assistant professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media. His primary research area is on the economics and policy of using information networks for economic growth, with a particular emphasis on using complex adaptive systems and agent-based models to study the mechanisms and impacts of ICT investments. He teaches courses on telecom management and network infrastructure. Much of his time is dedicated to administering a series of three BTOP grants totaling $12 million to increase broadband access and adoption. His PhD is from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He also has a BS in Computer Science from Hope College. He is currently leading the ICT for Development initiative, which is a joint program between the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). In addition to various ICTD classes, the program includes semiannual trips with Telecom and ECE students to Tanzania to deploy broadband Internet connections in rural regions. Back in Michigan, he also works with the Michigan Department of Information Technology on our state broadband initiative. In particular, he chairs the subcommittees for computing centers and sustainable adoption. Prior to entering academia, he was a co-founder of slashdot.org. He also currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Perl Foundation.