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People taking photos of the Ameca humanoid robot
The Ameca humanoid robot at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) (Credit: Consumer Electronics Show )

Navigating the vast trade, commerce, and supply chains that result in technology we take for granted is something that 2003 Institute graduate Ed Brzytwa does every day.

He began to develop these skills as a master’s candidate in what is now called the MA in International Trade program. “I owe the start of my career to the Middlebury Institute,” he says. “If I hadn’t gone there, I wouldn’t have been able to get an internship at the U.S. Department of Commerce.” His career eventually led to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), where he was recently named vice president of international trade.

Ed Brzytwa headshot
Ed Brzytwa MACD ’03

First assignment as new VP? Help bring CTA’s massive Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to Las Vegas. Consumers know CES as a peek into the future tech for everything from smart dog collars to color-changing cars to personal air taxis—all things that people may soon have in their garages or in their pockets.

Brzytwa, who organized and moderated a panel on trade and global competition, says this technology is more than just a laptop screen you can fold down the middle. “I think technology is going to solve problems—how is this technology going to solve climate change, or food scarcity? Just saying this technology is cool doesn’t cut it.”

In Las Vegas, Brzytwa took a few minutes from his busy schedule to chat with Middlebury’s Andrew Cassel on Discord. Watch the full interview below.

Middlebury's Andrew Cassel interviews Ed Brzytwa, 2003 international trade graduate and current vice president of international trade for the Consumer Technology Association