Mike Bitz '96
Director, Software Engineering and Research at SONIFI Solutions
Mike and his former roommate at Dakota State and now good friend Anthony Anderberg created the very first DSU website which was also the first university website in the state. The dsu.edu server went online on February 10th, 1994. The 20th anniversary of the DSU website will be February 10th, 2014.
They also created Mike & Anthony's Wired Room, where sensors placed in their room would allow people around the world to determine if their door was open, and also allowed them to trigger a fan to blow in their room. These and many other late night projects were being worked on at a time when few campuses around the world were wired and had Internet access. They credit DSU's open atmosphere and a few key professors and Computing Services staff members for peaking their curiosity and inviting innovation.
Mike also interned for Apple in Cupertino, CA in the summer of 1995, which transitioned to a full time software engineering position immediately upon graduation. In this role he collaborated with industry partners to create the ISO 15740 specification for communicating with digital cameras, which is implemented in all major operating systems today.
Mike has also served in community volunteer roles for many years. He is currently a Boy Scouts of America leader and a Sioux Empire United Way cabinet member.
His DSU experience...
"On top of an outstanding education, Dakota State University fostered innovation outside of the classroom, providing me with the infrastructure, people, and flexibility to experiment with new ideas."
DSU website circa November 1995