Episode 89: Should Localization Education Ride the Technology Wave?

with Renato and Michael on Sep 25, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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.

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Max Jon and Jan

About Max Troyer

Max is the Program Chair of the Translation and Localization Management (TLM) degree program and an Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). He teaches technology courses such as Website Localization, Multilingual Desktop Publishing, Audio-Visual Localization and Software and Games Localization. Max also has an MA in French Translation from MIIS.

About Jon Ritzdorf

A self-professed jack-of-many-localization-trades, Jon is a Senior Solutions Architect at 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.

About Jan Grodecki

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.

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