• CHRIS PETROFF

    WLAN Technology Leader
    Oklahoma City, OK

What’s your work-life philosophy?

Project and customer needs often require long and/or irregular hours, but I try to balance things out with family time, hobbies, exercise, and idle time. Sometimes things swing more one way than the other, but over time, I try to keep a productive mix.

What do you like best about working at UDT?

The company culture, which is supportive and enables professional development while also placing a priority on family. It is a very positive environment, and as a result, it is a culture where our success and the success of our professional engagements go hand in hand.

What’s the #1 way in which you make clients’ lives better?

Building trust, anticipating potential issues through design prior to implementation, and leaving our customers with solid, well-documented, and well understood solutions is key. Being a trusted advisor and always looking for ways to improve security, reliability, and performance is paramount.

What is your favorite new technology solution?

WiFi is not new, but advances in radio technology and protocols including 802.11ac Wave 2 and MU-MIMO are exciting advances. They enable infrastructure to support more clients in denser environments at higher speeds. The Internet of Things (IoT) is both exciting and challenging as more and different types of devices become WiFi connected. The results will be life-changing, but security is a concern. Roll Based Access Control (RBAC) authentication and access management will be key for enterprises.

What keeps you up at night?

I am a night-owl by nature, so being up at night is not unusual for me. Evenings, late-nights, and early mornings are often the ideal times for project implementation… but making sure we have all the details covered for a customer project, and dealing with any issues during implementation is mission critical – and that work continues until it is completed.

What is the best professional advice you would give?

If you are not making mistakes, you are not doing anything – it is not the mistakes that define you, but how you learn and recover from them. This is how we grow.

People would be surprised if they knew you…

I used to play a good deal of chess in my younger days, and often at rated tournaments. I will play with and teach my family, or anyone else who is interested. I have also spent several years studying and practicing Judo.

What do you enjoy doing in your time off?

Currently I enjoy playing tennis with my sons and participating in amateur astronomy (a good hobby for a night-owl!). I look forward to finding some time to re-engage at a local dojo eventually, and am always happy to play a game of chess, Axis and Allies, or the occasional FPS video game.

Chris practices Judo is a night-owl is a trusted advisor