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:

Bruce Oberlies Chair
R. Muralidharan Vice Chair
Manuel Uhm Board of Directors Chair
Ken Dingman Treasurer
Mark Adrat Secretary
Claude Belisle Chief Technical Officer
David Renaudeau Chief Marketing Officer
Preston Marshall Chief Regulatory Officer
Claudio Armani Member at Large
Neeti Tandon Member at Large
Iyad Tarazi Member at Large
Al Jette Member at Large
Doug Knisely Member at Large
David Hagood Large Company Representative
Alberto Quintana Medium Company Representative
  Small Company Representative
Darcy Swain-Walsh 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.


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.



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 Company Ltd., 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.



Marc Adrat - Secretary

Marc Adrat is with the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (Fraunhofer FKIE) in Wachtberg, Germany. He is the project manager for the Software Defined Radio activities in the Communication System department. He contributes to the German military SDR programme SVFuA and he is the German National Project Officer in the international project COALWNW (Coalition Wideband Networking Waveform). He represents the German SDR interests in various working groups at NATO as well as EDA. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Coordinating Committee of International SDR Standards at the WInnF.

His research interests include software defined radio, cognitive radio, (military) waveform design as well as concepts for waveform development environments. Matters of particular interest are wideband networking waveforms as well as waveform development environments for portable, interoperable and energy-efficient waveforms.

He received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering and the Dr.-Ing. degree (PhD) from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 1997 and 2003, respectively.



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.


  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. 


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.



David Renaudeau - Chief Marketing Officer

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.



Claudio Armani - At Large Representative

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.


 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.


 Iyad Tarazi, Federated Wireless

Iyad Tarazi - Member at Large

Iyad is the Chief Executive Officer of Federated Wireless. Federated Wireless provides innovative cloud-based wireless infrastructure solutions to extend the access of carrier networks. Developing a dynamic Spectrum Access System (SAS) and a neural network of radio sensors for spectrum allocation, management and optimization. Federated Wireless is headquartered in Arlington, VA, with offices in Boston, MA and Sunnyvale, CA.

Iyad Tarazi joined Federated Wireless from Sprint Corp., where he served as Vice President of Network Development and led the Network Vision network modernization project. Responsibilities included overseeing the development and integration of new products and technologies within Sprint’s networks and managing Sprint-Nextel’s technology integration labs.

rior to the Sprint-Nextel merger, Iyad led Nextel’s Network Engineering organization, managing network planning, integration performance engineering, testing, and core deployment initiatives. Iyad also held positions with MCI and served as a Board member for CafeX Communications, which specializes in collaborative software development.

Iyad has a Masters in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University and a Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.



Al Jette - Member at Large 

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.



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.


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).



 Alberto Quintana- Medium Company Representative



Darcy Swain-Walsh - Government and Non-Profit Organization Representative

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.



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.