Bend, Oregon – February 27, 2012 – BendBroadband, a regional technology leader in broadband, data and communication services, is proud to announce that its Vice President of Technical Operations, Mr. Leonard Weitman, has been inducted into the Oregon State University College of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers.
Weitman has served as BendBroadband’s Vice President of Technical Operations since March of 2010. During his tenure, he has played an important leadership role in numerous technical initiatives, including project management of the Vault data center, the only Uptime Institute Tier III-rated and LEED Gold-certified colocation data center in the United States.
In industries ranging from electronic instruments and semiconductors to solar photovoltaics, broadband and secure data services, Weitman has managed people and projects in the US, China, Egypt, France, India, Ireland, and Japan. Weitman began his career more than 30 years ago at Tektronix, where he designed and implemented electronic components and instrument production lines. As a result of his experience at Tektronix, Weitman also developed a method for forecasting production capacity over time that was published in the prestigious Journal of Industrial Engineering in May 1980.
After 15 years with Tektronix, Weitman worked for Mentor Graphics and Applied Materials in a variety of disciplines including operations, plant design and construction, manufacturing, technical equipment support, and business development.
Thanks to a lifelong desire to help others understand technical topics, Weitman began teaching college classes at Portland Community College in 1985 in a part-time capacity. His role as an educator has continued throughout his career. Receiving a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from OSU in 1978, Weitman joined the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi and the IE honor society Alpha Pi Mu. Weitman also earned a Masters degree in Engineering Management in 1993 from Portland State University.
Mr. Weitman was honored on February 24, 2012 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the Oregon State University campus.
BendBroadband is a family-owned, local company serving Central Oregon since 1955. A leader in the cable and broadband sectors, the company offers an extensive range of broadband, fiber connectivity, cable television and telephone services for commercial and residential customers. Central Oregon facilities include more than 1500 miles of fiber and coax infrastructure and wireless facilities which cover all Central Oregon communities. Services include metropolitan optical Ethernet, T-1/PRI and hosted PBX services. High-speed Internet options provide speeds up to 100 Mbps, with 1 GigE offerings available. The company serves rural customers over a 4G LTE fixed-wireless network, one of a few such broadband networks in the nation. In 2011, the company opened the BendBroadband Vault, a Tier III, SSAE 16, LEED Gold-certified data center with hosted storage for primary site and disaster recovery needs, equipment colocation and managed services.
BendBroadband was among the first companies in the United States to convert to a 100% digital video signal and offers a spectrum of video services, including multi-room DVR and TV Everywhere service to tablets and mobile devices. BendBroadband focuses its corporate contributions and sponsorship efforts on youth, and by supporting an array of arts and entertainment in Central Oregon. In the community, BendBroadband provides extensive local sports coverage, civic programming and local features created and produced by COTV, channel 11 and 611.