Technical Advisory Board

Dr. ANDREA GOLDSMITH (TAB CHAIRWOMAN), PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Dr. Goldsmith is the Dean of Engineering at Princeton University. Dr. Goldsmith was previously the Stephen Harris professor at the School of Engineering and a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Goldsmith founded and served as CTO of Quantenna Communications, which developed the first 4×4 802.11n chipsets. Dr. Goldsmith is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received several awards. Dr. Goldberg authored “Wireless Communications” and co-authored “MIMO Wireless Communications” and “Principles of Cognitive Radio,” both published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Goldsmith is an inventor and holds 29 patents.

Dr. ROBERT CALDERBANK, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Calderbank is the Dean of Natural Sciences at Duke University. Dr. Calderbank was previously director of the Information Initiative and Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics at Duke. Before joining Duke, Dr. Calderbank was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at Princeton University where he also directed the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Before joining Princeton University, Dr. Calderbank was vice president for research at AT&T. Dr. Calderbank is an IEEE Fellow and an AT&T Fellow and received the 2013 IEEE Hamming Medal for contributions to coding theory and communications and the 2015 Shannon Award.

Dr. ROBERT HEATH, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Heath Jr. is a Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University. Dr. Heath Jr. previously was Chair in Engineering with The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Heath received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Dr. Heath is a Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor and is a Member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. Dr. Heath is also President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. Dr. Heath is the co-author of the book “Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications” published by Prentice Hall in 2014 and “Digital Wireless Communication: Physical Layer Exploration Lab Using the NI USRP,” published by the National Technology and Science Press in 2012.

Dr. SACHIN KATTI, VMWARE and STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Dr. Katti is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. Dr. Katti is also the co-chair of the O-RAN Alliance Technical Steering Committee and a VP (Advisor) for Technology & Strategy at VMware. Dr. Katti was formerly the CEO and co-founder of Uhana, a company which developed network AI platform to monitor and optimize mobile networks and applications. Uhana was acquired by VMware in July 2019. Prior to Uhana, Dr. Katti was the CEO and co-founder of Kumu Wireless. Dr. Katti has won numerous awards, including the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the George Sprowls Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation in EECS at MIT, the IEEE William Bennett Prize, the Best Student Paper Award at ACM SIGCOMM 2012, USENIX ATC 2013, the Sloan Fellowship, the NSF Career Award as well as Okawa, Hooover, Packard and Terman Faculty Fellowships. Dr. Katti received his PhD in EECS from MIT.

Dr. RAJIV LAROIA, CO-FOUNDER & CTO of THE LIGHT CO.
Dr. Laroia is the Co-founder and CTO of the Light Company, a company dedicated to multi view computational imaging. Prior to Light Co. Dr Laroia was SVP of Technology at Qualcomm Inc. (a company acquired by Qualcomm in 2005 for $805 million). Dr. Laroia founded Flarion Technologies in 2000, the first company to develop OFDMA based all-IP mobile broadband technology (which is now the basis of LTE/4G). Dr. Laroia’s development of Flash-OFDM was integral to transitioning cellular voice access systems to the wireless data access systems that have mobilized our access to the Internet via smartphones, tablets, and wireless modems. Flash-OFDM, plus many other concepts developed by Dr. Laroia and his teams, helped form the basis for the LTE and 4G systems that are powering today’s mobile broadband communications. His work on Flash-OFDM earned him the distinguished IEEE Alexander Graham Bell award in 2020. Before Flarion, Dr. Laroia was at Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories at the prestigious Mathematical Sciences Research Center. Dr. Laroia is an IEEE Fellow and also the recipient of the 2018 Eduard Rhein Technology award. Dr. Laroia received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland.


Dr. ANDREAS F. MOLISCH, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (USC)
Dr. Molisch is the Solomon-Golomb-Andrew-and-Erna-Viterbi Chair professor at the University of Southern California. Before joining USC, Dr. Molisch was at AT&T (Bell) Labs, Lund University (Sweden), and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, where he was Chief Wireless Standards Architect. Dr. Molisch is the inventor of more than 80 patents; many of his inventions have been adopted into IEEE and 3GPP standards. Dr. Molisch is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, Fellow of IEEE, AAAS, and IET, and Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Molisch has received numerous awards, including the IEEE Eric Sumner Award.

Dr. EMERITUS AROGYASWAMI PAULRAJ, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Arogyaswami Paulraj is an Emeritus Professor at Stanford University, USA. He is the inventor of MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology, which is at the heart of all modern wireless systems from 4G, 5G and WiFi. His recognitions include the USPTO National Inventors Hall of Fame, the Marconi Prize, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the Friendship Award from the Govt. of PR China and the Padma Bhushan from the Govt. of India. He is a member of nine national academies including the American Academy for Arts and Sciences and US National Academy of Engineering. Paulraj has 400 archival research publications, 80 US patents and two textbooks in MIMO wireless. He also founded three pioneering wireless companies in the Silicon Valley.




Dr. SHLOMO “SHITZ” SHAMAI
Dr. Shamai is a distinguished professor at the Department of Electrical engineering at The Technion Israel Institute of Technology where he also received his B.Sc and M.Sc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering. Dr. Shamai is an information theorist and winner of the 2011 Shannon Award. Dr. Shamai is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).

ED KNAPP CTO, AMERICAN TOWER CORPORATION
Ed Knapp is the corporate CTO for American Tower. He is responsible for leading the company’s global innovation program, technology investments and strategy. Prior to joining American Tower in 2017, as Senior Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm, Ed Knapp was responsible for their New Jersey Corporate Research Center from which he managed a diverse engineering team with researchers and product engineering staff across India, Israel and the US. Mr. Knapp has more than 38 years of communications technology experience with over 30 years invested in the development of the global wireless industry from 1G to 5G, including CxO leadership roles in 3 start-ups. At Qualcomm, Ed established the FSMTM small cell product line and managed advanced R&D projects including mmW 5G, mobile & vehicular device to device (V2X) technology, localization technology as well as various licensed and unlicensed spectrum applications. Ed joined Qualcomm with the acquisition of OFDMA leading start-up Flarion Technologies in 2006. Before joining Flarion, Knapp was the chief technology officer of PacketVideo Corporation, a pioneer in delivering end to end multimedia software for streaming of MPEG4 video to mobile devices. Prior to PacketVideo, Knapp co-founded and served as the senior vice president of engineering and chief technology officer of the MVNO operator NextWave Telecom, Inc. Mr. Knapp also served as the executive director of technical services for Bell Atlantic/NYNEX Mobile (Verizon Wireless) where he was responsible for design, buildout and operation of the New York Metro area 1G and 2G cellular system. He received a master’s of business administration from Columbia University, his master’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU) in New York, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stony Brook University. Ed currently has 5 granted US patents and 1 pending application.

External Boards:

  • AST SpaceMobile
  • Center for Automotive Research – CAR

Technical Advisory Boards:

  • Rutgers University Industry Advisory Board – ECE

GERRY FLYNN, Verizon (retired)
Since joining Verizon in 2000, Mr. Flynn led technical standards work and partnership projects as part of Verizon’s corporate technology team. During his 40 plus years of Industry experience, Mr. Flynn was involved in many wireline and wireless voice and data advances including: New York City launch of analog cellular, CDMA, LTE and the commercial launch of Verizon’s 5G networks.  Mr. Flynn chaired the Industry development of the TIA IS-95 CDMA standards and was Vice Chair of 3GPP2 and was a leading member of the GSMA Technology Committee for over ten years. Prior to Verizon, Mr. Flynn was the Executive Director in Bell Atlantic Mobile’s New England region until 1997. Mr. Flynn has received several patents for his work in wireless communications. Mr. Flynn holds Bachelor and master’s degrees from Fordham University.