As the Head of the Connectivity Lab, SCL, Jin oversees and directs key aspects of Facebook’s efforts to increase access to affordable connectivity across the globe, including the use of low-altitude, high-altitude, and satellite systems.Before joining Facebook, Jin spent over ten years at National Instruments, where he served as the Vice President of R&D, RF and Wireless Products, managing a global R&D organization of engineers and driving innovation with internal experts and key outside partners. Jin began his career as an RF Engineer and R&D manager for Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies.Jin holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis and Stanford, respectively.
Mr. Ashraf M. Dahod is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Altiostar. Before Altiostar, Mr. Dahod was the SVP & GM of Mobile Internet Technology Group at Cisco Systems which was created after Cisco acquired Starent Network in 2009. Mr. Dahod co-founded Starent Networks in 2000 and was its President & Chief Executive Officer. Starent went public on the NASDAQ in 2007. Prior to Starent, Mr. Dahod co-founded NetCore Systems, Inc. in 1996 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. He has an exceptionally strong record of building successful technology companies, capitalizing on his ability to recognize market opportunities and combining it with a keen understanding of technology. He co-founded Sigma Network Systems, Inc. in 1988 and founded Nu-Link, Inc. in 1991, Applitek Corporation (renamed to LANCity) in 1981. Mr. Dahod holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Master of Engineering Management from Northeastern University, Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Bombay.
Banquet Speaker: Dr. Adam T. Drobot is a technologist with over forty years of experience in industry, the public sector, and in research. Today his activities include strategic consulting, start-ups, and participation in industry associations and government advisory bodies. He currently chairs the IEEE IoT Activities Board that oversees the multi-society IEEE IoT Initiative. He is the Chairman of the Board of OpenTechWorks, Inc. a company specializing in open source software and strategic consulting services. Previously he was the Managing Director and CTO of 2M Companies in Dallas, TX, from 2010-2012, and President of the Applied Research and Government Business Units at Telcordia Technologies as well as the company’s CTO, from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, he was at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC now Leidos), from 1975 to 2002 holding a progression of roles. This included management of the Advanced Technology Group, and eventually as the Senior Vice President for Science and Technology.
Adam has been the principal in the development of several large, scientific code systems and software for managing the design, manufacture, and life cycle support of complex industrial products. He has published more than 100 journal articles, and is a frequent contributor to industry literature. He currently holds 26 patents. Adam is the 2007 recipient of IEEE’s Managerial Excellence Award. He is currently a member of Several Corporate Boards, and he is a member of the IEEE Awards Board and also Chairs the Awards Recognition Council for the IEEE. He is a member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council and has recently Co-Chaired the Working Groups that addressed: “Sun-setting the PSTN”, “Technology Futures”, and most recently “Broadband Deployment Technology Challenges”. Adam is on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association where he Chairs the TIA Technology Committee. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a PhD. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas.
Dr. Monisha Ghosh joined NSF as a rotating Program Director in September 2017, in the Computer and Network Systems (CNS) division within the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE). She manages wireless networking research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program of CNS. Dr. Ghosh is a Research Professor at the University of Chicago, with a joint appointment at the Argonne National Laboratories, where she conducts research on wireless technologies for the IoT, 5G cellular, next generation Wi-Fi systems, coexistence and machine learning for predictive oncology. Prior to joining the University of Chicago in September 2015, she worked at Interdigital, Philips Research and Bell Laboratories, on various wireless systems such as the HDTV broadcast standard, cable standardization and on cognitive radio for the TV White Spaces. She has been an active contributor to many industry standards and was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding contributions to IEEE 802.22. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.
She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and her B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India) in 1986.
Andrea Goldsmith is the Stephen Harris professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She also serves on Stanford’s Presidential Advisory Board, University Budget Group, and Faculty Senate. She previously served as Chair of Stanford’s Faculty Senate and as a member of Stanford’s Commission on Graduate Education, Commission on Undergraduate Education, Committee on Research, Planning and Policy Board, and Task Force on Women and Leadership. She co -founded and served as Chief Technical Officer of Plume WiFi (formerly Accelera, Inc.) and of Quantenna (QTNA), Inc. She has also held industry positions at Maxim Technologies, Memorylink Corporation, and AT&T Bell Laboratories, and she currently chairs the Technical Advisory Boards of Interdigital Corp., Quantenna Communications, Cohere Communications, and Sequans. In the IEEE Dr. Goldsmith served on the Board of Governors for both the Information Theory and Communications societies. She has also been a Distinguished Lecturer for both societies, served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2009, founded and chaired the student committee of the IEEE Information Theory society, and chaired the Emerging Technology Committee of the IEEE Communications Society. She currently chairs the IEEE TAB committee on diversity and inclusion, and the Women in Technology Leadership Roundtable working group on metrics.Dr. Goldsmith 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, the IEEE ComSoc and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the IEEE ComSoc Best Tutorial Paper Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the WICE Technical Achievement 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. Her research interests are in information theory and communication theory, and their application to wireless communications and related fields. She received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.
Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks. In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy. She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee. She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and currently an Adjunct Professor at BUPT. She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, the ComSoc Rep of IEEE 5G Initiative, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”
Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of Volkswagen AG, is responsible for the digital transformation of the Volkswagen Group and reports directly to Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG.Johann Jungwirth transferred from Apple in Cupertino, CA (USA), where he was Director, Mac Systems Engineering for over a year. He was responsible for innovation in design and engineering in product development as well as hiring, growing and leading a multicultural research & development team and supporting the Special Projects Group.In 2009 Jungwirth was appointed as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America to head the Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, CA (USA), with additional locations. From the center in Silicon Valley, Jungwirth and his team were responsible for all research and development units in the US market such as autonomous driving, powertrain and electric drive, technology and vehicle development, as well as business innovation and user interaction design. From 2008 to 2014 Jungwirth was also Vice-President Connected Car, User Interaction & Telematics responsible for all research, engineering and product development for infotainment and connected car solutions.Johann Jungwirth was born on 3rd of May 1973, in Reußmarkt, Romania. He holds an electrical engineering degree Dipl.-Ing. (BA) from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart. He also participated in the International Motor Vehicle Program of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA (USA) and Wharton School of the University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). Johann Jungwirth is married and has three children.
Keynote speaker: Karri Kuoppamaki, Vice President of Network Technology Development and Strategy, T-Mobile USA
Karri Kuoppamaki is the Vice President of Network Technology Development and Strategy for T-Mobile USA. In this role, Karri is responsible for network related technology development and new innovation evaluation, as well as ensuring alignment between T-Mobile USA Network Technology and the regulatory environment, specifically in the area of radio technology and spectrum policy. Karri also drives the strategic long term technology strategy activities both internally as well as towards external stakeholders.
Karri has more than 20 years of international experience in product marketing, product development and technology management in the wireless industry, and has worked in multiple countries in Europe, Africa and USA. He has a proven track record in introducing, defining and developing new technologies for the telecommunications market.
As executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Eric Starkloff leads worldwide sales and marketing organizations responsible for driving focus, accountability, and growth. Since joining NI in 1997, Starkloff has held leadership positions across the marketing organization, including leading teams that pioneered industry adoption of systems platforms such as PXI and CompactRIO. Starkloff invests his time in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by serving on the advisory board for the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and the board of directors for Urban Roots, an Austin-based sustainable agriculture program to transform the lives of young people. Starkloff holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.
Sanjay Jha is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Appointed in January 2014, Sanjay has a successful track record of senior executive experience in the technology industry, most recently as Chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility, which was spun out as an independent public company from Motorola Inc. in early 2011. During this period, Motorola Mobility was comprised of the Mobile Devices and Home (set-top box and cable infrastructure) businesses, as well as Motorola Mobility Ventures. He joined Motorola as co-CEO in 2008, while serving simultaneously as CEO of Motorola’s Mobile Devices Business.Prior to Motorola, Sanjay held multiple senior engineering and executive positions during his 14 years with Qualcomm, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Qualcomm Inc. from 2006 to 2008. As COO, Sanjay oversaw corporate research and development and as well as Qualcomm Flarion Technologies (QFT). Beginning in 2003 upon his appointment as President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), he led Qualcomm’s semiconductor business and oversaw the development of five generations of modem and cell site chipsets, both digital baseband and radio frequency (RF), as well as system software. Sanjay also led the formation of Qualcomm Technologies & Ventures, where he managed both the technology investment portfolio and the new technology group as Senior Vice President and General Manager.Earlier in his career, Sanjay held lead design engineering roles with Brooktree Corporation in San Diego, and GEC Hirst Research Centre in London.Sanjay was awarded a D.Sc. (h.c.) from Strathclyde University, Scotland in 2011. He holds a Ph.D. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Strathclyde University, Scotland and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University of Liverpool, England.