From time to time I think it is important to recognize Telesis Graduates, our alumni, in what they have accomplished and what they have become. If you are reading this and you are a Telesis Alum, please email me or comment to this post to tell me where you are and what you are doing, so I can spotlight you in this way.
Anthony Rizos is a Telesis graduate of the Class of 2003 who is now in the second semester of his junior year at MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). While at Telesis, Anthony had a passion for trains and computers and has now parlayed them together to fit well with a study of urban planning, realizing that his true passion and career interests lie in the field of transportation! Anthony was just admitted to the master's program in his department at MIT, so if all goes well, he will have both the Bachelor of Science in Planning, and the Master in City Planning, by 2010.
Anthony has done considerable research on passenger experience - i.e., the experience one has while actively in transit, the activities one participates in while commuting, and how travel time can be made more enjoyable and less of a chore. Anyone who has traveled lately knows we can all benefit from this!
While at Telesis, Anthony landed a correspondence position with Amtrak as a software developer. He continues his work for Amtrak with increasing responsibility, and there is a good chance he will work full-time in a management position for a railroad after graduation.
Anthony spent four months at BNSF (the Santa Fe) Railway last year, working as an intern at their headquarters in Texas, and learning about train operations in the freight business. He also took two years of French at MIT and is planning to work on a research project with the metropolitan transit authority in Paris this summer!
To learn more about Anthony, check out this article which appeared in the MIT magazine, The Spectrum:
We at Telesis are proud of you, Anthony, and of the good character you have demonstrated in your many achievements. At Telesis, character always comes first.