89: Should Localization Education Ride the Technology Wave?

School is back in session! In this episode, Michael interviews a panel of localization professors—Max Troyer, Jon Ritzdorf and Jan Grodecki—about how they are preparing students for the future of localization. They discuss how curriculum should both ride the wave of current technology as well as teach students traditional critical skills. Other topics include the best ways to teach automation technologies and project management and how they strive to keep their courses fresh. Click below to listen!

Globally Speaking, sponsored by RWS and Nimdzi Insights.

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Jan is a PMP-certified Solutions Architect at RWS Moravia and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington, teaching courses within their Certificate in Localization program. Having also spent over 13 years working at Microsoft, Jan has localization experience on both client and LSP sides. He also holds degrees in Energy Technology and Computer Science from universities in Germany.

A self-professed jack-of-many-localization-trades, RWS Moravia and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, New York University and MIIS. Jon has been in the localization industry since 2000 and his areas of interest are translation technology and solutions development. Jon has several degrees in Chinese language and translation.


Renato Beninatto

Renato Beninatto

CEO of Nimdzi Insights LLC

Renato Beninatto is the co-author of The General Theory of the Translation Company and leads Nimdzi Insights, a think-tank and consulting company that focuses on growth strategies for localization leaders. A former owner of an LSP, an executive in some of the leading companies in the industry and a linguist in his own right, this Brazilian-Italian-American citizen can’t shut up in Portuguese, English, Italian, French or Spanish.

Michael W. Stevens

Michael W. Stevens

Vice President Americas, CC of Translated

Michael has over 10 years of experience in the localization and IT industries. A well-networked entrepreneur, Michael’s main interest is in connecting and bringing people together. He not only enjoys learning about a company’s exciting ideas and developments, he also has a keen ability to add value—and fire—to new and innovative thinking.

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