Alumnus Profile: Douglas S. Rasor, ’77 and Faculty Profile: Professor Tracey Kramer

Alumnus Profile

Douglas S. Rasor, ’77 B.S.
College of Engineering and Computer Science

Doug Rasor obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering in 1977 from Wright State University (Magna Cum Laude), with postgraduate work in Computer Science.

He has over 30 years of experience in Technology startup and Semiconductor businesses.  Doug’s current company, Rasor Advisors, works with startup companies and Venture Capital firms to develop marketing and funding strategies.  His clients include Grid2Home, Avuli Networks, and OnRampWireless. Doug holds Board positions at OnRampWireless, Avuli and is Chairman of Grid2Home. He is also an Advisor at Ostendo Technologies and LineStream Technologies.

Doug was also past Chairman of BioDFW, a non-profit Dallas/Ft-Worth Economic Development organization. 

He retired from Texas Instruments in 2010, where his last role was Vice President, Emerging Medical Technologies. From 1995-2005, Doug was Vice President, Strategic Marketing at TI where his organization was responsible for incubating TI’s businesses in chipsets for MP3 players, Digital Cameras, VOIP phones, Smartphones, and broadband modems.

Previous experiences include multiple Field Sales and Business Unit marketing assignments at TI, as well as Sales/Marketing management roles at Sierra Semiconductor. Before his entry into the Semiconductor industry, Doug was Director of Engineering at SIMUTECH (Founded by Dr. James Brandeberry) where he led the development of real-time simulation hardware/software for the avionics network on the F-16 fighter aircraft.

Doug’s personal time is spent exploring new gourmet recipes with his wife Barbara. He also enjoys restoring classic cars and playing guitar in a '60’s tribute band in Brookville, Ohio called the NOMADS.

Faculty Profile

Tracey Kramer, Senior Lecturer,
Department of Teacher Education, College of Education & Human Services

Students learn best when the learning process is shared between the student and the instructor.

This deeply seated belief is what has led Tracey Kramer to touch the lives of hundreds of soon-to-be teachers. Serving as director of the Middle Childhood Education Program, Kramer has become a well-respected and remarkable teacher, mentor, and learner.

“Kramer is the driving force behind the Middle Childhood Education Program’s success,” said David Herick, instructor of professional field experience in the College of Education and Human Services. “Her organizational skills are unmatched and facilitate effective management of all components of the program. Her high standards for effective instruction and exceptional professionalism are always present and serve as models for her students and fellow faculty.”

Kramer challenges her students to challenge their students with rigorous curriculum, set and uphold high expectations, care about each student, be available for them, inspire them to do their best, and expose them to new ways of thinking.

She utilizes anticipation guides, concept sorts, literature circles, discussion structures, and formative assessments. She also models differentiation through the use of menu choice boards, station teaching, textbook choice, and varied levels of assessment.

Her leadership abilities are showcased through her service as program director of middle childhood education and the edTPA (National Teacher Performance Assessment) coordinator for all initial teaching licensure programs. She is responsible for the second largest program in the College of Education and Human Services, serving more than 225 undergraduate students and 30 to 50 graduate students a year.

Kramer gives back to her profession by delivering workshops and professional presentations at state and national conferences. She has delivered an average of five workshops or presentations per year throughout her 10-year employment with Wright State.

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