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
R. Muralidharan Vice Chair
Manuel Uhm Board of Directors Chair
Ken Dingman Treasurer
Al Jette Secretary
Claude Belisle Chief Technical Officer
Open Chief Marketing Officer
Preston Marshall Chief Regulatory Officer
Claudio Armani Member at Large
Neeti Tandon Member at Large
Darcy Swain-Walsh Member at Large
David Renaudeau Member at Large
Doug Knisely Member at Large
Mark Gibson Member at Large
Louise Lamont Member at Large
Glenn Laxdal 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
Linda Doyle Academic Institution Representative

 


 

 

Bruce Oberlies - Forum Chair                                                       

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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Manuel Uhm - Chair, Board of Directors  

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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R. Muralidharan - Vice Chair

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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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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Ken Dingman - Treasurer

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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  Preston Marshall - Chief Regulatory Officer

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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Claude Belisle - Chief Technical Officer

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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David Renaudeau - Member At Large

David Renaudeau leads the Product Line Management activities for Software Defined Radio Tactical Communications at Thales. 

David has 15 years of experience in the mobile communications industry. Previous to Thales, he worked at Alcatel-Lucent leading Product Management activities for GSM, UMTS and later WiMAX - participating in the creation of WiMAX activity at Alcatel. Previous to these positions he worked on network architecture and in base stations development activities. 

David holds an Engineering degree in Signal Processing from Supelec.

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Claudio Armani - Member At Large

Mr. Armani's career evolved through roles and appointments in Telecommunication business-oriented companies of different market segments: civilian telco business; professional mobile networks; and military and satellite telco areas. He has worked in the areas of R&D design, system networking and radio, research/technology and programme management executive. His current position is Head of Wireless System Innovation of the Military and Satellite Business Unit at Selex ES.

The area of greatest interest to him is the Broadband/Wideband Radio with special focus on Broadband/Wideband MANET especially in SDR environment. He has been involved in several roles in EDA projects representing his company.

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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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Darcy Swain-Walsh - Member at Large

Darcy Swain-Walsh is a Lead Communications Engineer at The MITRE Corporation, a not-for profit company that operates federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs).  She leads projects related to Federal spectrum management, focusing on spectrum sharing, policy, and strategic planning.   She is currently vice-Chair of the IEEE DYSPAN-SC 1900.5 working group on Policy Language and Architectures for Managing Cognitive Radio for Dynamic Spectrum Access Applications.  Darcy holds a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University.

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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.

 

Mark Gibson - Member at Large

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.

 

Louise Lamont - Member at Large

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.

 

Glenn Laxdal - Member at Large

Glenn Laxdal is the CTO and Head of Strategy for Ericsson North America.  He is responsible for driving Ericsson’s technology direction and company strategy in the disruptive technology areas of 5G, Cloud and IoT. Laxdal joined Ericsson in 2012, most recently serving as Head of Advanced Technology.  Before joining Ericsson, Laxdal held leadership positions at RIM, where he was Vice President of Global Product Management for smartphones and tablets.  Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Nortel in a variety of executive roles in both carrier and enterprise networks. Laxdal holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA from the University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management.

 

 

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.

 

Linda Doyle - Academic Representative

Linda Doyle is the Director of CONNECT/CTVR and Professor of Engineering and The Arts in Trinity College, University of Dublin.  Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. She has raised over 70 million in research funding in the past decade and has published widely in her field. Prof. Doyle has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. Currently she is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK. Prof. Doyle is on the advisory board of Wireless@KTH in Sweden. She is a Fellow of TrinityCollege Dublin. She is on the Board of the Festival of Curiosity ­ A STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival. She is a judge in the BT Young Scientist, Ireland’s premier science competition for school children. She is on the Boards of the Douglas Hyde Gallery and Pallas Studios. Prof. Doyle is a Director of Xcelerit and SRS, two CTVR/CONNECT spin-outs.

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