Board of Directors

Management and oversight of the SDR Forum as a whole, including the SDR Forum’s corporate affairs, is performed by the SDR Forum Board of Directors. These directors are elected on an annual basis, as defined in the SDR Forum Bylaws, which can be found here. The elected slate of Forum Directors for is as follows:

NameTitle
Bruce Oberlies Chair of the Board of Directors
Claude Belisle President and Chair of the Forum
R. Muralidharan Vice President and Vice Chair of the Forum
Ken Dingman Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Al Jette Secretary
Louise Lamont Chief Technical Officer
Manuel Uhm Chief Marketing Officer
Mark Gibson Chief Regulatory Officer
Preston Marshall
Member at Large
Neeti Tandon Member at Large
Jean Phillipe Delahaye Member at Large
Paul Challoner
Member at Large
Doug Knisely Member at Large
 Marc Adrat Member at Large
 John Glossner Member at Large
Pierre Jean Muller Member at Large
David Hagood Large Company Representative
Alberto Quintana Medium Company Representative
Kurt Schaubach Small Company Representative
Paul Anuszkiewicz Government/Non-Profit Group Representative
  Academic Institution Representative

 

 

Bruce Oberlies - Chair of the Board of Directors                                                  

Bruce Oberlies is a Sr. Director of Advanced Technology in the CTO Office of Motorola Solutions. Since joining Motorola in 1982, Bruce has worked in product development leadership roles including the development of the first digital APCO P25 portable and mobile radios, and on the architecture definition and technology validation of three generations of Motorola LMR product platforms. His current role focuses on technology strategy and planning which encompasses early technology identification through technology validation for end to end wireless solutions encompassing interoperability, broadband and software defined and cognitive radio systems.

He has been a board member of the Wireless Innovation Forum (previously Software Defined Radio Forum) since 2004. He has served in a variety of positions on the Board including ITU Region 2 representative and Chair of the Regulatory Committee. He is currently the Chair of the Wireless Innovation Forum.

Bruce received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from the University of Texas, Arlington.

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Claude Belisle - President and Chair of the Forum

Chief Executive Officer of Nordiasoft, Mr. Bélisle graduated in 1983 from the Royal Military College of Canada in Engineering Physics and obtained, in 1985, a M.Sc. Physics with specialty in optical systems. Over his 28 year career in research and development at Defence R&D Canada and Communications Research Centre, he has been involved in a wide range of technologies, from microwave-photonics, communications networks, software defined radios, and satellite communications. He successfully exploited new wireless technologies to address the requirements of policy makers, regulators, military, first-responders, and service providers. He has previously held the positions of Vice President Satellite Communications Research and Strategic Program Development at the CRC where he spearheaded major strategic and technological shifts across the research organization to position it to the new reality of government R&D programs. He launched the CRC research program that created the technologies now with NordiaSoft. He forged multiple collaborations with external partners such as Canadian Space Agency, the Department of National Defence, the public safety community and the industry at large, nationally and internationally. He has previously served as the technical director of WInnForum.

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R. Muralidharan - Vice Chair of the Forum

R. Muralidharan, Senior Member IEEE, is a Systems Engineering professional in Computer and Communications Engineering fields for 32 years and is currently CTO at Strategic Electronics Division of Tata Power SED, Mumbai, India. At SED, he is responsible for design and development of mission critical real time solutions for Indian Defense. He graduated in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India, and did Post Graduation in Electrical Engineering (Computer) during 1977-79 at IIT Bombay, India. In 1987, the then Indian Prime Minister Mr Rajiv Gandhi had invited him to be a member of the Distinguished Young Scientists team.

Mr. Muralidharan, an IEEE volunteer, is a Past chair of IEEE India Council and Bombay Section, He was an IEEE ComSoc Standards board member during 2008 to 2010.

Muralidharan has been actively associated for the last 3 years with the annual conferences of the Forum in chairing technical sessions, as member of TPC, presenting papers etc. He works in the Forum committees for Tactical Radios and SCA Next.

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Ken Dingman - Treasurer and Chief Technical Officer

Ken is a Sr. Engineering Manager with more than 10 years experience at Harris Corp. RF Communications Div.   He is currently responsible for HF, Narrow Band LOS, and SATCOM Waveform applications in the Falcon III family of radios.  Previous responsibilities include JTRS Cluster 1 VULOS and HaveQuick Engineering Project Lead, Harris RF-7800M-MP Product Engineering Manager and PC/PDA Applications Group Manager.  He hold Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Software Development and Management degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Ken has participated in the Wireless Innovation Forum for a number of years and is currently the co-chair of the Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standards Steering Group.

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Al Jette -Secretary

Al Jette is the Head of North American Industry Environment for Nokia. Al has been working in the wireless telecom industry since 1989 and has been directly involved in all current major cellular technologies for the past 25 years.  Besides working in standards for the past 15 years, Al has held various positions in the telecommunications industry including:  system engineering, development and system test.  Al is located in the Chicago area and holds a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a BS in Computer Engineering from Cornell University.

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Manuel Uhm -  Chief Marketing Officer

Manuel Uhm is the Director of Marketing at Ettus Research, a National Instruments company, the leader in Software Defined Radio. Manuel is responsible for all marketing activities, including strategy, the roadmap, pricing and promotions. Manuel is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Wireless Innovation Forum (formerly the SDR Forum). He has served on the Board since 2003 in various roles including Chair of the Markets Committee, Chair of the User Requirements Committee, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Previously, Manuel Uhm was the Vice President of Marketing at Coherent Logix, where he was responsible for all marketing and sales activities related to their 100-core DSP product portfolio. Prior to that, Manuel was the Marketing Director of Mobile for MIPS Technologies where he was responsible for leading MIPS’ penetration into the mobile industry, including applications processors, LTE UE baseband processors and mobile connectivity processors. Prior to joining MIPS, Manuel was the Director of Wireless Communications for Xilinx, the leading supplier of programmable logic devices, where he grew the wireless business into Xilinx’s #1 end market.

Manuel received his Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and studied Electrical Engineering at Queen’s University.

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Louise Lamont - Chief Technical Officer

Louise Lamont is currently working at the Communications Research Centre (CRC), the Canadian Federal Government’s primary research and development lab for communications technologies. CRC works closely with Canadian regulators; providing advice and recommending technical solutions pertaining to sustainable spectrum management. As a program manager, she has been involved with both civilian and military research projects. On the military side, she was a contributor to programs such as the Soldier Systems technology roadmap, the Air Force Science & Technology program for persistent surveillance, and the land tactical C4ISR (Command and Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance). She led a large research program titled “Making Better Use of Spectrum,” acting as the client relation manager (CRM), the scientific authority and the program manager. She is currently responsible for setting strategic research directions for dynamic spectrum sharing at CRC that address both market priorities and client needs. In the Wireless Innovation Forum she has been active in various spectrum sharing projects

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Mark Gibson - Chief Regulatory Officer

With over 30 years of spectrum management experience, Mark Gibson is responsible for developing domestic and international business opportunities for Comsearch and directing spectrum regulatory and policy efforts.  In addition to leading Comsearch’s technical and business development efforts for CBRS and SAS, AWS, Spectrum Frontiers, WMTS, TV White Space, plus 600 MHz and 700 MHz and services, he has led efforts to address spectrum sharing between Federal government and commercial users.  He is a co-chair of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, where he has also co-chaired several subcommittees.  He has led Comsearch’s spectrum management efforts including the development of spectrum sharing analysis protocols and sharing criteria, as well as development of Comsearch’s engineering services and software products.  He has led Comsearch’s efforts in working with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering as their technical partner for WMTS frequency coordination.  He has authored several papers on spectrum sharing and relocation and has advised numerous wireless participants in their system design.  He received his BSEE from the University of Maryland.

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  Preston Marshall - Member at Large

Preston develops the policy, technology, and systems needed to create wireless abundance for Google. His immediate focus is on the application of shared spectrum to enable massive increases in wireless capacity. Previously, he served as Deputy Director at USC Information Science Institute, with a personal research program in wireless technology, self-forming content delivery networks, electronic warfare, and algorithms for managing decisions in complex, ambiguous, and information-constrained environments. He also participated in the Presidents Council of Advisers (PCAST) study on spectrum sharing.  Prior to that he was a Program Manager at DARPA managing innovations in cognitive radio, dynamic spectrum access, interference management and self-forming networking. 

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 Neeti Tandon

Neeti Tandon - Member at Large

Over 25 years of experience as a subject matter expert on a broad range of topics including technology evaluation, spectrum protection, new band acquisition, interference mitigation and radio capacity modelling.  Internally, as a lead member of the technical team, Neeti supports AT&T’s regulatory and strategy teams on technical position for various FCC’s NPRM proceedings including AWS, 700 MHz, 600 MHz, 3.5 GHz. Externally, she has chaired position papers and sub committees under CSMAC, 4G Americas etc. on RF and spectrum related topics . Neeti has experience in developing modelling tools to perform network capacity and TV repacking analysis for AT&T’s strategic business needs. Neeti has been involved in ongoing discussions between the FCC and Industry Canada and Mexico on spectrum management and network co-existence efforts for the 700 MHz band along the border.  She has received her Master’s in Computer Science from George Mason University.

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Jean Philippe Delahaye - Member at Large

Jean-Philippe Delahaye is the SDR technical expert for the French SDR tactical military radio program called CONTACT at the French armament procurement agency DGA. Since he joined the DGA in the Information Warfare Technology Center called “DGA Information Superiority Unit” in 2007, Jean-Philippe has worked on SDR and specifically on hardware, software architecture and standard technologies. He is also involved in the European level in the ESSOR Programme and in the AED SDR Standardization Strategic Guidance Working Group.  Since several years, he is involved SDR Standardization in the WinnF SDS Committee and the Advisory Council. Jean-Philippe received his MS in Telecommunications from the National Institute of Telecommunications “Telecom ParisSud” and his Master Degree in Electronics from the University of Paris 11, both in 2003. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Electronics from the University of Rennes 1, France in 2007 with research interest focused on reconfigurable heterogeneous architecture in SDR.

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Douglas Knisely - Member at Large

Douglas Knisely is a Principal Engineer at Qualcomm, where he focuses on Spectrum Sharing industry standardization activities, including serving as an active contributor to the WInnForum Spectrum Sharing Committee.  He has an extensive background in cellular industry standards, having led many radio and core network efforts in 3GPP2, 3GPP, Broadband Forum, Small Cell Forum, and other groups.  Prior to joining Qualcomm, Doug was with Airvana, where he led the initial Femtocell standardization activities for 3GPP and 3GPP2 3G and 4G radio technologies and Femtocell device management, and made significant contributions to the seminal industry standards for Femtocells and Small Cells, as well as leading MAC standardization for cdma2000 2G, 3G, and 4G radio standards for many years in Lucent Technologies.  His early career activities included architecture and development management for early multiprocessor blade computing systems and communications and protocol architecture, design, and implementation in AT&T Bell Laboratories.

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Marc Adrat - Member at Large

Dr. Marc Adrat is Head of the Software Defined Radio Research Group at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Communications, Information Processing, and Ergonomics (FKIE) in Wachtberg, Germany. He has more than 10 years of experience in mobile tactical communications. He has been one of the primary advisors for the German government throughout the entire execution of the SDR development project SVFuA (Streitkräftegemeinsame Verbundfähige Funkgeräteausstattung). He has also high interests in waveform applications for coalition interoperability. He is deeply involved in multinational standardization activities for both wideband and narrowband wireless networking solutions. With respect to the idea of interoperability through portability of waveforms, the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) plays another essential role in his research interests. He received his Diploma degree in 1997 and his Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in 2003 from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. For nearly 10 years he also has given lectures on modern forward error correction techniques and digital modulation at RWTH Aachen University. He is also an active member in the Forum, acting as an advisor for the steering group of the Software Defined System Committee and contributing to a variety of that committee's working groups. He has already been on the board of directors in previous years and served as the General Conference Chair for WInnComm-Europe 2017.

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John Glossner - Member at Large

Dr. John Glossner is CEO of Optimum Semiconductor Technologies, Inc. dba General Processor Technologies, the US division of China-based Wuxi DSP. He also serves as President of the Heterogeneous System Architecture Foundation (HSAF). Prior to joining OST, Dr. Glossner co-founded Sandbridge Technologies and served as EVP & CTO. Prior to Sandbridge, he managed both technical and business activities in DSP and Broadband Communications at IBM and Lucent/Motorola’s Starcore. Dr. Glossner received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from TU Delft in the Netherlands, M.S. degrees in E.E. and Eng. Mgt. from NTU, and holds a B.S.E.E. degree from Penn State. He has more than 120 publications and 38 issued patents.

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Pierre Jean Muller - Member at Large

Pierre-Jean Muller is a telecommunications executive veteran with 25 years of international experience within the wireless industry including Bell Labs, NEC and Huawei. Pierre-Jean is the co-founder and CEO of RED Technologies, a leading start-up of innovative spectrum management, the premier enabler of Licensed Shared Access (LSA) with its LSAlive© cloud-based solution and SAS Administrator applicant for the 3.5 GHz CBRS band in the US. Pierre-Jean is a frequent speaker at international technology conferences and has hosted several elected positions in ETSI and 3GPP. He is the author of 20+ patents in the telecommunication field.

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Paul Challoner - Member at Large

Paul Challoner, VP Network Product Solutions for Ericsson North America, based in Plano, Texas is responsible for radio solutions including 4G, 5G & IOT. Prior to his current role, Challoner worked as Head of Product Line Wi-Fi and Head of Ericsson’s CDMA Product Line.

Challoner joined Ericsson in 2010 from Nortel where he held executive roles leading the GSM product group, Intelligent Networks and Broadband Wireless businesses. He has global experience working in the US, Canada, France, India and the UK. With 20 years in the telecom industry he possesses extensive industry experience and has innovated bringing numerous radio products to market specializing in the field of wireless communication. 

Challoner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Brunel University, London, UK.

 

David Hagood - Large Company Representative

David Hagood received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University in 1987. He joined IFR Systems in 1990. IFR Systems was later purchased by Aeroflex, itself recently purchased by Cobham. He worked on several radio service monitor and spectrum analyzer projects (AN-900, TS-4317, 3900, 7200), and was software architectural lead on the COM-120B and 2975 (IFR Systems' first SDR test set). He has developed testing systems targeting military tactical radios, avionics, and land mobile radio. Currently, he is the lead SCA evangelist within Aeroflex, leading development of SCA based radio test systems. He also holds a US Amateur Extra class radio license (N0YKG).

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 Alberto Quintana- Medium Company Representative

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Kurt Schaubach - Small Company Representative

Kurt Schaubach brings over 25 years of wireless industry experience to Federated Wireless, where he plays a key role in developing technologies and new business strategies to create the next-generation architecture of broadband wireless. Kurt was most recently Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) where he was responsible for the company’s wireless and broadband technology strategy and product development. Previously, Kurt served in various engineering roles at NextWave Wireless, LCC International, and Southwestern Bell and has also served as a technology consultant to wireless network operators, equipment manufacturers, and semiconductor suppliers.  He was a founding member of a publicly traded wireless broadband and multimedia software company and led the acquisition and integration of two wireless infrastructure companies. Kurt has been active in spectrum development, management, and policy matters throughout his career.  He currently co-chairs the Spectrum Sharing Committee of the Wireless Innovation Forum.  He received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

 

Paul Anuszkiewicz - Government and Non Profit Representative

Paul Anuszkiewicz is CTIA's Vice President for Spectrum Planning.  He is responsible for technology and technical matters concerning spectrum advocacy, spectrum allocation for the network evolution to 5G and other technical areas to aid CTIA's members and as a technical resource to policy makers.  He has over 28 years of technology planning, network engineering and operational experience. Prior to CTIA, he was CEO of Caten McGuire, a wireless technology consulting firm responsible for developing technology strategy, implementing operational change, and sourcing billions in infrastructure and devices, for a wide variety of U.S. and International clients.  Mr. Anuszkiewicz also served as CTO and VP of Network Operations for two U.S‑based cellular operators.  Mr. Anuszkiewicz has served as a Board Member of PCIA for Microwave Clearinghouse and has worked with international governments on regulatory and spectrum auction issues. Mr. Anuszkiewicz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University and an MBA from the University of Dallas.  He is a registered Professional Engineer and holder of several technology patents.

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