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
Dr. Ruediger Leschhorn Vice Chair
John Glossner Board of Directors Chair
Vince Kovarik Treasurer
Alberto Quintana Secretary
Robert Schutz Chief Technical Officer
Manuel Uhm Chief Marketing Officer
TBA Chief Regulatory Officer
Claudio Armani Member at Large
Salvadore D'Itri Member at Large
Ken Dingman Member At Large
Preston Marshall Member At Large
Darcy Swain-Walsh Member at Large
David Renaudeau Large Company Representative
R. Muralidharan Medium Company Representative
James Neel Small Company Representative
Mark Adrat Government/Non-Profit Group Representative
Jeff Reed Academic

 


 

 

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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Dr. Ruediger LeschhornVice Chair

Ruediger Leschhorn earned his masters degree in 1980 from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and his PhD in 1987 from the University of the Armed Forces in Munich, Germany. He has been involved in radio communications since more than 25 years and is currently Head of Studies in the Radio Communications Division of Rohde & Schwarz, Germany. 

He joined the Forum in 1997 and has been involved with SDR for more than 10 years in terms of technology, markets and requirements questions.

He has been heavily involved in the predefinition of the first SDRs of Rohde & Schwarz from 1996 on and is currently the chair of the SCA Test & Evaluation Group and former chair of the Research & Development Working Group.


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Dr. John Glossner - BoD Chair

Dr. Glossner is co-founder, CTO, and Executive Vice President at Sandbridge Technologies. Prior to co-founding Sandbridge, John managed both technical and business activities in DSP and Broadband Communications at IBM and Lucent/Starcore. John received a Ph.D. in Computer Architecture from TU Delft in the Netherlands, M.S degrees in E.E. and Eng. Mgt from NTU, and a B.S.E.E. degree from Penn State. John is chair of the Commercial Baseband Working Group of the SDR Forum, a Senior member of the IEEE and has more than 120 publications and 36 issued patents.

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Manuel Uhm - TreasurerUser Requirements Committee Chair                                                        

Manuel Uhm works for Coherent Logix. Uhm is responsible for managing the commercial wireless business, as well as the product portfolio and roadmaps. He is also responsible for strategic marketing within the group and is an expert in market segmentation and sizing of FPGAs doing Digital Signal Processing. 

Uhm is also a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Markets Committee of the SDR (Software Defined Radio) Forum, as well as being on the Advisory Board for PennWell's Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum. 

Uhm joined Coherent Logix in 2011 and is a thought leader in identifying trends in software defined radio, digital signal processing, and other communications technologies. He has been published and quoted in numerous trade journals, such as Electronic Business, Portable Design, COTS Journal, Wireless Systems Design, Military Embedded Systems, and Military & Aerospace Electronics, as well as having spoken at a number of conferences and industry events, such as the SDR Forum Technical Conferences and Workshops, IDGA Software Radio Summit, IQPC SDR Europe, Wireless China, the Military Technologies Conference and the Military Radios Conference. 

Prior to joining Coherent Logix, Uhm worked at Xilinx, a leader in Software Defined Radio subsystems, where he was Director of Wireless Communications. 

He received his master of business administration from Simon Fraser University and studied electrical engineering at Queen's University.

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Dr. Vincent J. Kovarik Jr.Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer              

With over 30 years of systems and software development, Vince has been involved in Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology development for the last decade. As a member of the Modular Software Radio Consortium (MSRC), he worked on the initial version of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA). Vince was the product manager for the Domain Management ToolKit (dmTK), a commercial off-the-shelf product that implemented of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) first available in 2000. He is co-author with Dr. John Bard of "Software Defined Radio: The Software Communications Architecture" published by Wiley and Sons and a contributing author to "Cognitive Radio Technology", Dr. Bruce Fette, Editor published by Academic Press. Vince led the software team that successfully inserted the DARPA XG Dynamic Spectrum Access technology into the Harris Falcon III tactical radio and subsequent field test at Yuma Proving Grounds. As Chief Technology Officer at PrismTech, Dr. Kovarik is leading the coordination and definition of multiple SDR products including advanced modeling tools, object request broker and the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) core framework.

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Bob Schutz - Chief Technology Officer

Bob Schutz has been involved in commercial and mission critical communications for terrestrial and satellite industries for the past 38 years. Bob is currently President and CEO of Artisan Wireless Solutions; a consulting company supporting development of advanced wireless communication technologies.

Bob served as the VP of Research & Development for Datron World Communications, Inc., for 3 years, responsible for both externally funded and IRAD programs for terrestrial communications. Prior to Datron, Bob managed Advanced Programs for the Government SATCOM Systems (GSS) division of ViaSat, Inc. In this capacity, he was heavily involved with research organization, academic intuitions, and industry partners in development of technology and systems for to the next generation of satellite communications.

Prior to joining ViaSat in 2004, Bob spent 15 years as the CEO of Silicon Arts; a consulting company focused on development of components for satellite and terrestrial communication systems, and remains active in the field of component development for advanced communications. His involvement in the satellite industry began in 1976 when he worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as a Cognitive Engineer for the Plasma Wave and Ultraviolet Spectrometer sub-systems for the Voyager spacecraft.

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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.

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Salvadore D'Itri - At Large Representative

Salvador is Director of Sales and Marketing for Shared Spectrum Company in Vienna, VA. He has more than 20 years experience in driving technology innovations and leading business development and product marketing in embedded wireless systems, Software as a Service and cloud computing markets. He is an appointed member of the Cable and Information Technology Commission for Arlington County, VA. D'Itri received a M.A. in telecommunications from George Mason University and B.S. in accounting and computer systems from Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh.

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Ken Dingman - At Large Representative

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 - At Large Representative

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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Darcy Swain-Walsh - At Large 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.

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Marc Adrat - Government/Non-profit Representative

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.

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Dr. James Neel - Small Company Representative

Dr. James Neel is the President of Cognitive Radio Technologies, which he founded in 2007 with Dr. Jeff Reed to commercialize cognitive radio research from Virginia Tech. The leading small business for incorporating artificial intelligence into wireless networks with three SBIRs on cognitive spectrum management and contracts on topics ranging from applying behavioral learning to detecting the intention of wireless networks to rapidly deployable networks for disaster responses. Dr Neel is the Chair of the Cognitive Radio Work Group in the Wireless Innovation Forum (formerly the SDR Forum), and has received three paper awards for the design of cognitive radio networks.

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R. Muralidharan - Medium Company Representative

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.

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David RenaudeauLarge Company Representative                         

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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Jeff Reed - Academic Representative

Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed currently serves as Director of Wireless @ Virginia Tech.  He is the Founding Faculty member of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology and served as its interim Director when founded in 2010.  His book, Software Radio: A Modern Approach to Radio Design was published by Prentice Hall.  He is co-founder of Cognitive Radio Technologies (CRT), a company commercializing of the cognitive radio technologies; Allied Communications, a company developing technologies for 5G systems; and for Power Fingerprinting, a company specializing in security for embedded systems.  In 2005, Dr. Reed became Fellow to the IEEE for contributions to software radio and communications signal processing and for leadership in engineering education.   He is also a Distinguished Lecture for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.  In 2013 he was awarded the International Achievement Award by the Wireless Innovations Forum.  In 2012 he served on the President’s Council of Advisors of Science and Technology Working Group that examine ways to transition federal spectrum to allow commercial use and improve economic activity.

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