DENTON (UNT), Texas – University of North Texas professor Ram Dantu has received a D Magazine CIO/CTO Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer award. Dantu was named the 2016 “Outstanding Technology Advocate” by the magazine. He was the only person in academia who was even nominated.
“All of our past and present students in the lab are the reason for this amazing recognition,” said Dantu, director of the UNT Center for Information and Computer Security.
Among the other major winners at the awards ceremony was American Airlines Chief Information Officer, winning "CIO/CTO of the Year" and Toyota, winning the "Innovator" award.
“There were several hundred senior executives in the room,” said Dantu. ”UNT got great visibility and respect. Many company leaders even approached to see how they can hire UNT students.”
Dantu is a computer science professor in the College of Engineering. He began teaching at UNT in 2003, when he took over as center director. He worked in the industry for more than 15 years at companies like Cisco, Nortel and Alcatel before coming to UNT and has been awarded more than 20 patents.