ISART 2017 Speaker Biographies

Audrey Allison is Senior Director, Frequency Management Services for The Boeing Company. Her organization provides radiofrequency spectrum acquisition and policy support for Boeing technology, products, services, and operations worldwide – and to Boeing’s commercial and government customers. She previously worked for the Federal Communications Commission’s International Bureau; Iridium LLC; and the Department of Defense. Allison is Boeing’s representative to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She chaired Committee 6 of the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference and was elected as Vice-Chairman of the ITU’s Radiocommunication Advisory Group (2008-2015). She chaired the FCC’s WRC-15 Advisory Committee Working Group on Aeronautical, Maritime, and Radar; US ITU Association (2009, 2015); and the Satellite Industry Association’s Regulatory Working Group (2012-2015, 1991-2001). Allison is a member of four Federal Advisory Committees on international and national spectrum management and telecommunications matters. She is an attorney with an MBA from the International Space University; an LLM in international law from Georgetown University; and a JD from Catholic University of America’s Institute for Communications Law Studies. Allison is the author of The ITU and Managing Satellite Orbital and Spectrum Resources in the 21st Century, Springer, 2014. Allison serves as adjunct faculty to the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, and visiting lecturer at McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law in Montreal on the international regulation of satellites.

Christopher R. Anderson received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA in 1999, 2002, and 2006 respectively. He joined the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) as an Assistant Professor in 2007. In 2013, he was promoted to Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He has nearly two decades of extensive experience performing high-fidelity wireless measurements and developing physics-based wireless propagation models. He is the Founder and Director of the USNA Wireless Measurements Group, a focused research group that specializes in spectrum, propagation, and field strength measurements in diverse environments and at frequencies from 300 MHz to over 20 GHz. His research has been funded by NSF, Office of Naval Research, NASA, DSO, and the FRA and has resulted in over 60 refereed conference and journal publications. In 2016, he joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Institute for Telecommunication Sciences as a Visiting Researcher, where he has been actively involved in moving forward the ongoing standardization process for the 1755-1780 MHz Advanced Wireless Service 3 and 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service. His current research interests include radiowave propagation measurements and modeling, embedded SDR, dynamic spectrum sharing, and UWB communications. Chris serves as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and was Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Signal Processing Special Issue on Non-Cooperative Localization Networks.

Farshid Aryanfar is currently Vice President of Technology at Straight Path Communications developing 39 GHz radio for 5G fixed and mobile. Previously, he was a Senior Director and Head of the RF and Analog lab at Samsung Research America, where he led the implementation of Samsung’s first 5G mobile and base station radios incorporating wideband phased arrays. From 2005 to 2011, he worked for Motorola and Rambus on various projects ranging from MIMO channel modeling to mm-wave circuit design in CMOS. Farshid received his PhD from the University of Michigan and is author and inventor of more than 50 papers and 40 patents (25 issued).

Ramesh Chembil Palat is Director of Communications Systems at Blue Danube Systems a startup building an innovative Massive MIMO solution for 4G and 5G cellular technology. Previously he was a Senior Researcher at Nokia, Berkeley evaluating software defined modem architectures. Prior to that, he worked at Qualcomm Flarion Technologies developing LTE base-station modem and FlashLinq a novel peer-to-peer communication technology that was a precursor to LTE-Direct. His industry experience has mostly involved system performance analysis and simulations, prototype development and testing for proof of concept systems, and DSP firmware development for commercial modem SoCs. Ramesh earned both PhD and MS degrees from Virginia Tech and B.Tech in electronics and communications engineering from University of Calicut, India.

Robert (Bob) Denny joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Office of Spectrum Management, International Spectrum Policy Division in 2014 as an electronics engineer. Bob began his career in government service in 2011 at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the Spectrum Program Manager for the National Weather Service. In the private sector, he was a consulting electronics engineer specializing in radio communication and regulation. Bob represents Federal agency interests in the work of the International Telecommunication Union, Radiocommunication Sector, in the areas of international mobile telecommunications, radio propagation, and broadcasting. He also leads the U.S. delegation to ITU-R Working Party 5B, which focuses on issues related to maritime and aeronautical mobile services and radio determination. Bob earned a BS in electrical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia and is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia.

Rebecca Dorch serves as Senior Spectrum Policy Analyst at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences in Boulder, Colorado, focusing on spectrum sharing. Prior to joining NTIA in March of 2016, Rebecca served for thirteen years as the Western Region Director of the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, overseeing resolution of harmful interference affecting communications infrastructure. Rebecca was previously involved in policy and rulemaking matters at the FCC as Deputy Chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, and in legal and competition matters as Deputy Chief of the Competition Division of the FCC’s Office of General Counsel. Rebecca began her career in private law practice with the firms of Bryan Cave, and Wilner and Scheiner. She earned her JD at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, and her BA at the University of Illinois.

Jean-Aicard Fabien was born in Haiti and moved to New York in 1972 where he studied electronics engineering technology at the RCA Institutes. He holds a BS in electronics engineering technology from the Capitol Institute of Technology and an MSEE with a focus on communications and networks from the George Washington University. Jean-Aicard started his professional career in hardware design and systems integration and test for industrial applications, paging systems, and satellite communications systems. He participated in the system design, planning, and deployment of a wideband satellite TDMA system (SBS). He later was also involved in the trial deployment of the Personal Earth Station hub network with Hughes Network Systems and was a member of the system design group for an air to ground system (Claircom) and for a geostationary mobile system (Thuraya). Jean-Aicard joined Motorola in 1998 where he worked initially in Iridium system design and later in standards development and research for WCDMA, HSPA and LTE. After a brief career as a patent examiner at the USPTO, Jean-Aicard moved to NTIA/ITS, where he has been working in LTE feature evaluation at the PSCR lab and is participating in several spectrum sharing projects. Jean-Aicard has co-authored 10 issued patents, mostly in physical and MAC layer signaling, and continues to participate in and monitor standardization of radio technology at 3GPP.

Andrea Goldsmith is the Stephen Harris professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She also founded and served as Chief Technical Officer of Plume WiFi (formerly Accelera, Inc.) and Quantenna (QTNA), Inc. Her research interests are in information and communication theory, and their application to wireless communications and related fields. Prior to Stanford she held positions at Caltech, Maxim Technologies, Memorylink Corporation, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Andrea is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford, and has received several awards for her work, including the IEEE ComSoc Edwin H. Armstrong Achievement Award as well as Technical Achievement Awards in Communications Theory and in Wireless Communications, the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecture Award, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. She is author of the book Wireless Communications and co-author of the books MIMO Wireless Communications and Principles of Cognitive Radio” all published by Cambridge University Press, as well as an inventor on 28 patents. She has served in various leadership roles in the IEEE Information Theory and Communications Societies. At Stanford she served as Chair of the Faculty Senate in 2009, and currently serves on Stanford’s Budget Group, Advisory Board, Senate, and Committee on Research.

David Griffith is a member of the Wireless Networks Division in the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His research focus is on developing mathematical models for future wireless communications systems, including analyzing control processes for Device-to-Device (D2D) communications. He also has supported NIST’s research on wireless communications for the Smart Grid, and has modeled architectures for optical networks that aimed to improve the reliability of data flows over large backbone links. His prior experience includes systems engineering and performance modeling for satellite communications networks for a number of companies. He earned the PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Delaware, where his work focused on adaptive non-linear signal processing techniques, such as developing time-frequency representations for signals corrupted by impulsive noise.

Tamer Kadous is the current Chair of the MulteFire Alliance Radio Working Group, technical lead for 5G shared spectrum and MulteFire Technologies with Qualcomm Research. A good part of Tamer’s career has been spent working on wireless communication systems design and implementation spanning areas of physical, MAC, upper layers, and RF Systems. He has held the role of Design Architect, Systems Lead, and Project Lead for a variety of projects focusing on wireless innovations in WAN and connectivity areas including UMB (ultra-mobile broadband), WLAN, EV-DO, LTE, LTE-U, and MulteFire. His primary focus has been on end-to-end delivery of technology from design principals to performance evaluation, prototyping, standardization, and both base-station and terminal chipset commercialization. A particular area of expertise for Tamer has been centered around systems algorithms facilitating coexistence between multiple technologies whether on the same or across devices, and these algorithms have been adopted into a number of commercial products. Tamer received his PhD in wireless communications from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2001.

Ramon Khalona received his BS, MS, and PhD (all in electrical engineering) from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He started his career at Comsat Laboratories in Clarksburg, MD, in 1990, where he worked on propagation, modulation, and coding for mobile satellite communications. From 1994 to 2002 he worked at Denso International America in Carlsbad, California, where he was involved in systems engineering for CDMA handset design and in cdma2000 standards development. After a brief consulting experience, he joined Kyocera Telecommunications Research in San Diego, CA, where he was involved in cdma 1x-EV-DO standards and intellectual property development. In 2005 he joined Nextwave Wireless where he was involved in WiMAX systems engineering and in IEEE802.22 and 802.16m standards development. From 2011 to 2012 he was principal systems engineer with Cygnus Broadband where he was involved in the development of an LTE eNB test bed for development of mobile video applications. Since 2012 he has been engaged in consulting in intellectual property and standards development, most recently in 3GPP LTE Machine-Type-Communications for Sierra Wireless and in 5G NR standards development for Idaho National Laboratory. Ramon has served as adjunct faculty at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and at San Diego State University where has taught graduate courses in modulation and coding theory and in wireless communications.

Derek Khlopin as Senior Advisor for the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Office of Spectrum Management (OSM), advises and supports OSM and NTIA leadership principally on matters involving spectrum policy, regulation, and management as well as wireless technology more broadly. Derek recently served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary and NTIA Administrator, including acting as the liaison between NTIA’s Office of the Assistant Secretary and OSM, as well as NTIA’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences. Prior to NTIA, Derek led the North America government affairs activities for Nokia Solutions and Networks (now Nokia), with responsibility for developing and implementing the company’s regulatory and policy strategy. He represented the company in the U.S. before the Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Executive branch, and other government agencies, as well as in industry forums. Previously he was the director of regulatory and industry affairs for Nokia. Derek has also headed the regulatory and legal advocacy efforts of the Telecommunications Industry Association and its information and communications technology member companies. He started his career as an attorney in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the FCC. Derek has held leadership positions in industry associations, including chairing the Government Affairs Council of the Consumer Technology Association, and professional organizations, including serving as a co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s wireless practice committee. He earned a JD from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, with a certification from its Institute for Communications Law Studies.

Julius Knapp has been with the FCC for 43 years and has served as the Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) since 2006. OET is the Commission’s primary resource for engineering expertise and provides technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners, and FCC Bureaus and Offices. He received the FCC’s Silver and Gold Medal Awards for distinguished service at the Commission as well as the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for exceptional achievement in the career Senior Executive Service. Julius has been the recipient of the Eugene C. Bowler award for exceptional professionalism and dedication to public service; the Federal Communications Bar Association Excellence in Government Service Award; the WCAI Government Leadership award; the National Spectrum Management Association Fellow Award; the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers E. Noel Luddy Award; and, the Satellite Industry Association Satellite Leadership in Government Award. Julius is a Life Member of the IEEE. He received a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in 1974.

Allen B. MacKenzie is an Associate Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he has been on the faculty since 2003. He is the associate director of Wireless @ Virginia Tech. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was an E. T. S. Walton Visiting Professor at Trinity College Dublin. Allen’s research focuses on wireless communications systems and networks. His current research interests include integration of millimeter wave technology into networks, cognitive radio and cognitive network architectures, and the analysis of wireless systems and networks using game theory and stochastic optimization. His past and current research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, Science Foundation Ireland, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Institute of Justice. Allen is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ASEE and the ACM. He is an area editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC). He is the author of more than 90 refereed conference and journal papers and a co-author of the book Game Theory for Wireless Engineers.

Jennifer A. Manner is Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at EchoStar Corporation where she is responsible for the company’s domestic and international regulatory and policy issues, spectrum allocation, and market access. Prior to this, Jennifer was Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology and before that Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. Before that, Jennifer was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at SkyTerra Communications, LLC, handling the company’s domestic and international regulatory and policy issues. Before joining SkyTerra, Jennifer served as Senior Counsel to FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy with responsibility for wireless, international, and new technology issues. Jennifer worked for the FCC after working at MCI Communications Corporation, later WorldCom, Inc., and then in International Wireless Services and as Director of International Alliances. Prior to this position, Jennifer was an Attorney-Advisor at the FCC. Currently, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Chair of the Satellite Industry Association, Board Member of the U.S. ITU Association, Chair of the Network and Services Group of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association, positions at the International Telecommunications Union. Jennifer received her BA from the State University of New York at Albany. She received her JD from New York Law School and LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.

Michael (Mike) Marcus was overeducated in electrical engineering at MIT. Prior to working at the FCC for almost 25 years, he worked at Bell Labs, served in the U.S. Air Force, and analyzed electronic warfare issues at the Institute for Defense Analyses. At the FCC his work focused on proposing and developing policies for cutting edge radio technologies such as spread spectrum/CDMA and millimeter waves. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are results of his early leadership. He is now Director of Marcus Spectrum Solutions LLC, an independent consulting firm based in the Washington DC area and focusing on wireless technology and policy. He also teaches at Virginia Tech. He was recognized as a Fellow of the IEEE and received in 2013 the IEEE ComSoc Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications “For pioneering spectrum policy initiatives that created modern unlicensed spectrum bands for applications that have changed our world.”

Todd Martin has over 25 years of experience in aerospace, defense, and wireless communications systems engineering, research, and development. His project portfolio spans programs at NASA, FAA, NSF, DOD, and the National Spectrum Consortium. His projects have covered a broad range of subjects and technologies: aeroacoustics, adaptive wireless communications and networking, free-space optical communications, information fusion, and probabilistic reasoning and computing. He is a Principal Engineer at Shared Spectrum Company (SSC) where he leads dynamic spectrum sharing system design and development efforts and is responsible for new project development. Prior to joining SSC, he supported numerous DARPA efforts over 16 years in the areas of adaptive wireless networking and high-capacity airborne communications. He received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University as well as an MS and PhD in Systems Engineering and Operations Research from George Mason University.

Nicolò Michelusi is an Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, IN, and serves as Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from University of Padova, Italy, in 2006, 2009, and 2013 respectively, and a second MS degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 2009, under the T.I.M.E. double degree program. In 2013-2015, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, USA. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the Fondazione Ing. Aldo Gini (2010) and the “Isabella Sassi Bonadonna” award from AEIT (2013). His research interests lie in the areas of resource allocation and optimization of wireless communication systems, cognitive radios, energy harvesting IoT, 5G millimeter-wave networks, and machine learning applied to wireless communications. Part of his current research is funded by NSF and DARPA.

Andreas (Andy) F. Molisch is the Solomon Golomb – Andrew and Erna Viterbi Chair Professor at the University of Southern California. He previously was at TU Vienna, AT&T (Bell) Labs, Lund University, and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. His research interest is wireless communications, with emphasis on wireless propagation channels, multi-antenna systems, ultrawideband signaling and localization, novel modulation methods, and caching for wireless content distribution. He is the author of four books, 18 book chapters, more than 200 journal papers, and 300 conference papers, as well as 80 patents and 70 standards contributions. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, IEEE, AAAS, and IET, as well as Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and recipient of numerous awards.

James Nessel is presently the lead for NASA’s RF propagation studies program, which is involved in the characterization of atmospheric effects on satellite communications links at NASA and partner ground station sites operating in the Ka-band and millimeter wave. Since 2004, he has worked as an Electronics Engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. His research interests include the measurement and active compensation of atmospheric effects on RF and optical links and advanced antenna designs for satellite communications. James presently serves as Secretary of the local Cleveland section of the IEEE AP-S/MTT/EDS Societies and is an active member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Study Group 3 on radiowave propagation. He received his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University in 2004 and his PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Akron in 2015.

Roger Nichols has been directing Keysight’s 5G Programs for three years. His 32 years of engineering and management experience in wireless test and measurement at Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Keysight spans roles in manufacturing, R&D, and marketing. He has worked in programs spanning the evolution from analog cellular radio to 4G and every standard in between. He spent seven years as the Senior Marketing Director for Keysight’s (Agilent’s) Mobile Broadband Operation, responsible for the wireless test-sets and systems that are used in all major design and certification labs as well as manufacturing facilities worldwide. Roger holds a BSEE from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Ajit Nimbalker has been a wireless system engineer with Intel Corporation since 2015, and he works on 5G technology development and standardization, focusing on air interface design. He currently represents Intel in 3GPP RAN Working Group 1, driving 5G NR physical layer design work, including components such as channel coding (LDPC and Polar code design), hybrid ARQ, control channel design, etc. In his earlier role at Intel, he contributed to 5G prototyping and pre-standards efforts such as KT 5G-SIG and Verizon 5GTF. Before Intel, Ajit spent 10 years at Motorola, contributing to wireless research and development, including Wi-Fi, and 4G LTE system design and standardization, including small cell enhancements, control channel design, ICIC, carrier aggregation, relays, channel coding, etc. Ajit graduated from University of Notre Dame with a PhD in electrical engineering in 2005.

Alan Norman, Public Policy Director at Facebook, joined their connectivity policy team in August 2016 and has been actively supporting Facebook’s mmWave and Wi-Fi initiatives. Alan came from Google, where he was a long-time advocate for broadband, spectrum sharing, unlicensed spectrum, and improved access. Previously, Alan was CEO of Amicus Wireless Technologies, a leading WiMAX SoC developer; EVP of Delivery at ArrayComm, licensing smart antenna technology to the wireless industry; VP of Corporate Development at Internap Network Services; and an early pioneer in digital mapping and navigation at Etak, where he was part of the team that developed the world’s first car navigation system. Alan holds a BS in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University and an MS in Management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.

Dev Palmer received his PhD in electrical engineering from Duke University, Durham NC, in 1991. He currently serves as Program Manager for high-speed electronics at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office in Arlington, VA, responsible for a portfolio of research and development projects focused on creating the innovations driving the next generation of DoD systems for radio communications, sensing, and electronic warfare. Prior to joining DARPA in 2012, he was Program Manager for electromagnetics, microwaves, and power at the US Army Research Office in Research Triangle Park NC. His technical accomplishments, professional service, and success in guiding research and technology transition have led to his selection for the Army Research Laboratory Award for Program Management in 2010, the Army Superior Civilian Service Medal in 2011, IEEE Fellow in 2012, the IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Service Award and the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in 2013.

Dean Paschen is the Director of Advanced Programs for FIRST RF Corporation. Dean received a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Illinois. His first employment following graduation was an antenna engineering position at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation. After nearly 26 years leading to the Chief Technologist position in the antenna group at Ball, Dean moved to FIRST RF Corporation in Boulder, Colorado. At FIRST RF, he is responsible for engineering development tasks on government R&D contracts relating to aerospace and defense applications and development of advanced radio frequency (RF) and antenna technologies. These areas include: broadband antennas, conformal antennas, and phased array antenna systems. The systems engineering supports radar, communications, electronic warfare (EW), threat neutralization, algorithms, navigation, identification, guidance, antenna pointing, seekers and fuzzing, telemetry, and remote sensing. He has 18 issued patents and 15 published papers.

Tom Power is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CTIA, the nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Tom joined CTIA in January 2015; he oversees regulatory matters and manages the legal affairs of the association. Prior to joining CTIA, Tom served as U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from August 2011 to December 2014. As the senior official exclusively dedicated to telecom issues, Tom helped lead the development and implementation of Administration policy on a wide range of broadband, spectrum and technology initiatives. Between 2009 and 2011, Tom served as the Chief of Staff of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he managed an array of agency activities, including spectrum and Internet policy development as well as Recovery Act broadband grant programs. Between 2000 and 2009, he was the General Counsel of Fiberlink Communications, a provider of enterprise mobility management and security solutions. Earlier Tom served in supervisory roles at the FCC before being named Senior Legal Adviser to FCC Chairman William Kennard. Before joining the FCC, he was a telecommunications and litigation partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn. Tom is currently the chair of the FCC’s WRC-19 Advisory Committee. He has served previously as trustee of an investment company and on the board of the Federal Communications Bar Association. Tom received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

Jeanne T. Quimby is a Researcher for the NIST Metrology for Wireless Systems Group. The Group develops test methods, calibrations and uncertainty analyses for microwave and millimeter-wave wireless systems. Her specific research is in propagation-channel measurements verification and uncertainty. Jeanne received her PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from Ohio State University in 2005. She is a wife and mother of two energetic, beautiful children.

Rapeepat Ratasuk received his PhD in electrical engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, in 2000. He worked for Motorola Networks from 1999-2011. He is currently a Principal Research Specialist with Nokia Bell Labs, Arlington Heights, IL. He has extensive experience in 3G/4G cellular system design and analysis, including algorithm development, performance analysis and validation, physical-layer modeling, and simulations. He is a co-author of the book Essentials of LTE and LTE-A. He has more than 50 issued patents and has published more than 45 journal and conference papers. His current research interests are in the areas of 5G wireless networks and machine-to-machine communications.

Brian Regan is the Senior Director for legal, policy, and strategy at Starry, Inc. Brian develops and executes Starry’s spectrum strategy and leads policy development on a variety of issues, including privacy and competition. Prior to joining Starry, Brian held several senior positions in the FCC’s Wireless Bureau, including Associate Bureau Chief and Chief of Staff. While at the FCC, Brian managed the Wireless Bureau’s spectrum policy portfolio and helped lead the FCC’s spectrum engagement with NTIA and other federal agencies. Brian played a significant role in several major spectrum policy initiatives, including AWS-3, AWS-4, 3.5 GHz, and Spectrum Frontiers. Prior to joining the FCC, Brian was the Director of Government Affairs for the Wireless Infrastructure Association.

Kate A. Remley received a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Oregon State University, Corvallis, in 1999. From 1983 to 1992, she was a broadcast engineer in Eugene, OR, serving as chief engineer of an AM/FM broadcast station from 1989-1991. In 1999, she joined the RF Technology Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, CO, as an electronics engineer. She is currently the leader of the Metrology for Wireless Systems Group at NIST, where her research activities include development of calibrated measurements for microwave and millimeter-wave wireless systems, characterizing the link between nonlinear circuits and system performance, and developing standardized test methods for the wireless industry. Kate was the recipient of the Department of Commerce Bronze and Silver Medals, an ARFTG Best Paper Award, and is a member of the Oregon State University Academy of Distinguished Engineers. She was Chair of the MTT-11 Technical Committee on Microwave Measurements from 2008 - 2010 and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Microwave Magazine from 2009 - 2011, and is Chair of the MTT Fellow Evaluating Committee. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (2016 - 2017).

Richard (Dick) Ridgway is the Chief Scientist of Battelle’s Mission and Defense Technologies Business Unit. Dick has been involved in the development of RF, microwave, millimeter-wave and photonic components and systems for over 30 years at Battelle and has amassed 27 U.S. Patents in the area. His time at Battelle has included the involvement in two commercial ventures and a 4-year stint as a Program Manager at DARPA. The commercial ventures focused on optical telecommunications technology and his time at DARPA focused the millimeter-wave portion of the RF spectrum. His recent technical activities are focused on the development of Battelle’s technologies that aim to improve the dynamic range, sensitivity, bandwidth, frequency range, security, and spectral efficiency of electronic warfare and communications systems.

Akbar M. Sayeed is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and leads the Wireless Communications and Sensing Laboratory. He received a BS from the University of Wisconsin, MS and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and has served the IEEE in a number of capacities, including as a member of Technical Committees, Guest Editor for special journal issues, Associate Editor, and as Technical Program Co-chair for various workshops and conferences. His research interests include wireless communications, channel modeling, statistical signal processing, communication and information theory, time-frequency analysis, machine learning, and applications. A current research focus is the development of basic theory, system architectures, and testbeds for emerging 5G wireless technologies, including millimeter-wave and high-dimensional MIMO systems. He also leads the new NSF Research Coordination Network on Millimeter-Wave Wireless.

Rangam Subramanian is Lead Technology and Spectrum Policy Strategist in the Strategic Planning Division, Office of Spectrum Management, National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA). Rangam is focused on wireless spectrum strategy, policies, and the related rulemaking to enable collaborative next generation technology innovation, development and implementation. His interests include Cybersecurity, Enforcement, Internet of Things, and Big-Data issues. Prior to joining the NTIA, Dr. Subramanian served the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), as a Chief of wireless Technology and Business strategy. In his previous work with the industry, he has made significant contributions to business development, mergers & acquisitions, operations management, network services and global customer management. In 2012, Dr. Subramanian delivered his testimony to the United States Congress on, “Avoiding the Spectrum Crunch: Growing the Wireless Economy through Innovation”. He is a serving co-chair for the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), National Information Technology R&D (NITRD) initiated Wireless Spectrum Sharing R&D (WSRD), Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG). Dr. Subramanian is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI), Charlottesville, VA and holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and a PhD in Computer Science from the Oakland University, MI.

Paul Tilghman joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in December 2014. His research interests focus on intelligent and adaptive RF systems which combine digital signal processing, AI, and machine learning to allow autonomy in fields like wireless communications, radar, and electronic warfare. Prior to joining DARPA Paul was a senior research engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories where he led programs in adaptive electronic warfare, signals intelligence, and non-cooperative geolocation. He is a prior recipient of Lockheed Martin’s highest award, the NOVA award. Paul received his BS in computer engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and his MS in electrical engineering from Drexel University.

Abhishek Tiwari leads several mmWave communication system programs within Facebook’s Connectivity Lab. Recently Abhishek’s team demonstrated a mmWave communication system with robust 16 Gbps data both in uplink and downlink between a ground station and an aerial platform with air payload consuming less than 100 Watts of DC power. Connecting people and help them build communities is a central mission of Facebook. Abhishek’s team accomplishment was announced by Mark Zuckerburg at Facebook’s Q1 earnings with other company accomplishments like 1.9 billion people on Facebook every month. Abhishek’s team also conducted a thorough spot check of ITU rain and cloud attenuation models for frequencies above 55 GHz using experimental air-to-ground mm-wave link performance and meteorological data. Prior to Facebook, Abhishek was the Director of Technology development at Silvus Technologies, a leader in MIMO communication systems. At Silvus, Abhishek led several wireless communication technology development programs. Abhishek’s team at Silvus was the first to demonstrate mmWave line of sight spatial multiplexing over a 20 km terrestrial range. Abhishek got his PhD from California Institute of Technology and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, both in Electrical Engineering.