Max Troyer

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Translation & Localization Management

I am passionate about making content available in other languages. When content is translated, bridges are built between cultures and people that would not normally connect. Sure, translation can be used to sell gadgets in other markets, but it can also be used to connect people – TED conferences and Open Vote community translation initiatives for example.

I enjoy teaching because I love seeing the light bulbs turn on when an idea or concept sinks in. I appreciate being constantly challenged to stay up to date on industry developments, trends and changes. Translation and Localization Management students need to learn the latest technology in order for them to be competitive upon graduation. By continuously adapting and revising my curriculum, I make sure our students are kept current.

Max has more than 15 years of experience in the technology, language and consulting industries. He has worked in a wide variety of functions both freelance and in-house, including project management, localization engineering, multilingual layout (DTP), training, technical support and process/workflow consulting. In addition to being an Assistant Professor in the Translation and Localization Management degree tract, he is a freelance translation consultant that provides services to companies in both the US and France.

Expertise

Project management, translation process and workflow consulting, multilingual desktop publishing, multilingual websites, software localization, localization engineering and translation software training.

Education

M.A. French Translation, Monterey Institute of International Studies
B.A. French and Computer Science, Indiana University

Course List

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TIAG 8530 - Intro Localization Proj Mgmt      

To introduce students who are at the very outset of the TLM track to the fundamental principles of Localization and Project Management. This knowledge will act as one of the cornerstones required to become a successful localization project manager.

Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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TIAG 8620 - Software Localization      

Provides students with a comprehensive overview of the field of software localization. Class topics range from technical discussions on computer architecture to tips and tricks for managing localization projects. Students gain a thorough understanding of the basic components of a localization project (software, online help, documentation, web and multimedia components) and insight into the larger context of software/web localization and internationalization. Using real-life examples and hands-on exercises, students explore the cultural, technical and organizational challenges in localization ranging from proper character display in foreign languages to the adaptation of culturally sensitive elements.

Fall 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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TIAG 8626 - DesktopPublishng for Linguists      

This course is designed to give students a solid foundation in multilingual desktop publishing concepts. Students will learn how to localize vector and raster graphics, books, brochures, ebooks and subtitles - and will develop a deep understanding of typography and PDFs. Topics will be approached from the angle of a translator, project manager and localization engineer.

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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TIAG 8695 - Localization Project Portfolio      

This course is designed to give students the tools they will need to round out their TLM education. The course's goal is to give students a portfolio that they can present to potential employers. Only a few lectures are planned for this course, and students will be expected to explore their professional interests through research, discussions and presentations.

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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TRLM 8530 - Localization Project Managemnt      

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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TRLM 8620 - Software Localization      

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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TRLM 8626 - DesktopPublishng for Linguists      

This course is designed to give students a solid foundation in multilingual desktop publishing concepts. Students will learn how to localize vector and raster graphics, books, brochures, ebooks and subtitles - and will develop a deep understanding of typography and PDFs. Topics will be approached from the angle of a translator, project manager and localization engineer.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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TRLM 8630 - Games Localization      

In Games Localization, students will learn the history of video games and how the games localization industry developed. Students will learn about various game platforms and genres, and how each have their own localization challenges. Students will study the games localization process, and how it fits in and often overlaps with game development. Students will gain hands on experience localizing desktop, mobile, console, Flash, Facebook and even card/board games.

Since each game platform has its own development environment, students will learn to use a wide variety of development tools, with an emphasis on extracting strings for translation, getting translations back into the system, and fixing localization bugs. One of the primary missions of the course will be how to get games text strings imported into various translation tools in a way that includes context.

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to confidently discuss games localization from the point of view of a translator, project manager, novice programmer, and even voice actor. Students will have the opportunity to complete individual or small group projects to help add to their localization portfolio.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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TRLM 8695 - Localization Project Portfolio      

This course is designed to give students the tools they will need to round out their TLM education. The course's goal is to give students a portfolio that they can present to potential employers. Only a few lectures are planned for this course, and students will be expected to explore their professional interests through research, discussions and presentations.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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