Portfolio & Project Management

The ENCS PPMO facilitates the ENCS project portfolio pipeline and manages ENCS projects to ensure their completion on time, within budget, and in scope while maintaining open communications with project stakeholders. Projects managed by the ENCS PPMO typically facilitate the development, expansion, and evolution of ENCS services, architecture, and infrastructure or the delivery of large and complex service requests. The PPMO also supports non-technical ENCS projects when such efforts would benefit from professional project management. The ENCS PPMO includes business and service relationship management capabilities to support continual improvements in customer service and alignment between ENCS service offerings and the strategic needs of their University partners.

Active Projects

Telephony Core Refresh
PM: Ed Wilson
Description: To build a highly resilient and redundant enterprise class telephony core with the needed training, documentation, monitoring, and vendor support for this service.
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Campus Telephony Expansion (TEP-VSE)
PM: Gary Smith
Description: TEP addresses the aging phone systems at 21 campus locations. Scope of program includes creation of converged LAN for Common Good Wireless, Security Network, and Telephony with the rollout of Telephony as a service at 21 campus locations.


UP Common Good Wireless
PM: Dave McCobin
Description: Centrally provide a wireless network to achieve a common user experience throughout all Penn State E&G (Education and General) buildings.


SecNet LAN Build-Out Program
PM: John Goss
Description: Provide ENCS-maintained LANs to support IP-based security cameras, card swipes, environmental, and key-tracer cabinets.  Provide IP space, power, and space in support of the SecNet project. ENCS will install and maintain LAN equipment in buildings to support the SecNet installation.


Wireless Core Architecture Upgrade
PM: Bob Miller
Description: This project will:

  • Improve performance and scalability in anticipation of network growth
  • Improve resiliency and reduce the impact of a controller failure
  • Ease manageability by reducing the number of controllers and VLANs
  • Provide for future IPv6 support
  • Reduce the cost of Wireless core infrastructure
  • Align with best practices for large Wi-Fi networks


Beaver Switch Room (Bunker) Reno
PM: John Goss
Description: Through OPP, a new building is being constructed to act as the main telecommunications distribution room for the Beaver Campus. The building will consist of two floors. One will provide space for vendors such as Kinber, Verizon, Level 3, and Comcast. The other will house the ENCS and campus telecommunications equipment.


TNS Hub Site Generator Upgrades – UP
PM: Dave McCobin
Description: Upgrade ENCS hub generators at UP locations.


TNS Hub Site Generator Upgrades – Non-UP
PM: Dave McCobin
Description: Upgrade ENCS hub generators at non-UP locations.


Data Center Network Service
PM: Mark Katsorous
Description: Create the design and process documentation supporting the Data Center Network Capability (DCNC) – Underpinning Infrastructure.  Supplemental to the Penn State Data Center Service Design Package v.1.0.