The Office of Information Technology has replaced the retired Bill Blackmur with new Senior Telecommunications Specialist Lavergne Dacuycuy, who is already taking on the responsibilities to implement effective solutions in supporting his team at the University of La Verne.
Dacuycuy worked for more 20 years as a technical instructor and software design engineer on Fujitsu’s Private Branch at Fujitsu Business Communications Systems in Irvine, where he was also the technical marketing manager for Fujitsu’s broadband equipment.
“I did not plan on getting into telecommunications,” Dacuycuy said. “I wanted to work for a company I could build a career in software engineering but it just happened that I got hired by Fujitsu.”
Dacuycuy was introduced to the industry in the Navy, where he spent six years learning to design and develop applications and features for telephone equipment, conducting maintenance and administering certification courses.
He then transferred to the engineering department at Cal State Fullerton to receive a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
At Fujitsu Dacuycuy trained in telecommunications, design engineering, field service installation and even a little sales and marketing. Even though Fujitsu was a small company he had the opportunity to work with many experienced engineers.
Dacuycuy said he understands how important communications is for any organization. He believes he will be able to offer the best solutions and developments using the most current technology here.
“I wanted to work at ULV because I wanted to work in a different environment … Education … is more stable than working for a manufacturer,” he said.
Dacuycuy said he is enjoying the challenge of learning a new telecommunications system and is currently looking to replace the telephone systems here at La Verne.
Brian Tresner, assistant director of networks and telecommunications, said that Dacuycuy’s background has prepared him to take on the task of researching, evaluating and integrating new voice technology.
“Dacuycuy has an extensive background in telecommunications and … will help us in an easy transition into upgrading our phone system,” said Andy Hakopian, technology help desk manager.
Dacuycuy is also considering taking courses here and possibly earning a master’s degree in technology.
For now, Dacuycuy said is enjoying the University and keeping his mind open to change.
“I haven’t been in the department long enough to suggest change yet but as a requirement for this department grows, I will grow with it,” he said.
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