About Kurt

I am an assistant professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media. My 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. I teach courses on telecom management and network infrastructure. Much of my time is dedicated to administering a series of three BTOP grants totaling $12 million to increase broadband access and adoption. My PhD is from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. I also have a BS in Computer Science from Hope College.

I am currently leading the ICT for Development initiative, which is a joint program between my department (Telecom) 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, I also work with the Michigan Department of Information Technology on our state broadband initiative. In particular, I chair the subcommittees for computing centers and sustainable adoption.

Prior to entering academia, I was a co-founder of slashdot.org. I also currently serve as a member of the board of directors of the Perl Foundation.


Mailing Address

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East Lansing, MI 48824


Office Phone: 517.355.4714
Fax: 517.355.1292