Georgia Institute of Technology
Helena Mitchell is a Regents’ Researcher, the highest status bestowed by the Board of Regents, which governs the University System of Georgia. In tandem, she is Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Communications Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since 2001 she has been the Principal Investigator for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) funded by the U.S. Department of Education to research, evaluate and develop innovative wireless technologies and products that promote equitable access. Her areas of expertise include broadband and wireless communications, emergency/public safety communications, spectrum management, regulatory policy, and universal service to vulnerable populations. Dr. Mitchell has held senior positions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where she was Associate Chief, Strategic Communications for the Office of Engineering and Technology and earlier was chief of the Emergency Broadcast System, and the first chief of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Helena previously headed the telecommunications development programs for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In recognition of the success of her various innovative projects and policy initiatives, she received the prestigious U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal, twice. Helena has and continues to serve on a wide variety of community, industry and academic advisory councils and boards. Dr. Mitchell received her doctorate from Syracuse University in telecommunications policy (technology utilization and telecom law).
Paul Nikolich is a private consultant whom has been serving the data communications and broadband industries developing technology, standards, intellectual property and establishing new ventures as an executive consultant and angel investor since 2001. He is an IEEE Fellow and has served as Chairman of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee since 2001. As 802 Chairman he provides oversight for 75 active 802 standards, and the 50 concurrent 802 activities in wired and wireless communications networking with over 800 active members and manages the relationships between IEEE 802 and global/regional standards bodies such as ISO, ITU, regulatory bodies and industry alliances. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board and active leader in the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Standards Association. He is a partner in YAS Broadband Friends LLC and holds several patents, serves on the technology advisory boards of companies developing emerging communications technology. Mr. Nikolich has held technical leadership positions at large and small networking and technology companies beginning in 1978 (e.g., Broadband Access Systems, Racal-Datacom, Applitek, Motorola, Analogic). Paul received his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Richard Reaser, Jr.
Raytheon Space and Airborn Systems
Richard Reaser, Jr. is Head, Spectrum and E3 Department at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems where he plans and coordinates SAS use of electromagnetic spectrum and Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) efforts through technical and administrative processes consistent with applicable laws and regulations to meet customer product needs. He currently serves on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC). Mr. Reaser joined Raytheon in August 2006. Prior to joining Raytheon, he was deputy system program director and chief engineer for the $32 billion Navstar Global Positioning System. He served as deputy director of spectrum management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and held spectrum positions in the White House and State Department. He was technical advisor to the US Ambassador to the World Radio Communications Conference (WRC) 2000 and was a US Spokesperson at WRC-2003. He negotiated landmark navigation and communication signal and spectrum agreements between the United States, Russian Federation, France, Japan and European Union. He also represented Defense Department interests in 2002 Ultra Wideband (UWB) and 2003 Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rulemakings. Mr. Reaser has held a variety of engineering and management assignments in military space communication, navigation, imagery dissemination and infrared detection programs. He has Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certifications in program management, system engineering and test. He retired from the Air Force after 28 years of service at the rank of Colonel. Mr. Reaser earned his bachelor's degree in engineering mechanics from the U.S Air Force Academy. He holds master's degrees in systems technology (command, control, and communications) and national resource strategy from the Naval Postgraduate School and National Defense University, respectively.
Jeffrey H. Reed
Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed is the founder of Wireless@Virginia Tech, and served as its Director until 2014. 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 and his latest textbook Cellular Communications: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide was published by Wiley-IEEE in 2014. He is co-founder of Cognitive Radio Technologies, a company commercializing of the cognitive radio technologies; Allied Communications, a company developing technologies for spectrum sharing; and for PFP Cybersecurity, a company specializing in security for embedded systems. In 2005, Dr. Reed became Fellow to the IEEE for contributions to software radio, communications signal processing, and for leadership in engineering education. In 2013 he was awarded the International Achievement Award by the Wireless Innovations Forum for his work in software radio. In 2012 he served on the advisory group supporting the President’s Council of Advisors of Science and Technology to examine ways to transition federal spectrum to allow commercial use and improve economic activity. Dr. Reed is a member CSMAC a group that provides advice to the NTIA on spectrum issues.
Illinois Institute of Technology
Dennis Roberson has been Vice Provost and Research Professor with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) since June 2003, where he established a new undergraduate business school, a wireless research center (WiNCom), IIT's corporate relations initiative, and is responsible for IIT's strategic plan and associated initiatives. Professor Roberson is also President, CEO and Member of Roberson and Associates, LLC, technology and consulting firm serving a variety of government and commercial customers since 2008. From April 1998 to April 2004, Professor Roberson was Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Motorola, Inc. From 1971 to 1998, he held senior executive positions with NCR Corporation, AT&T, Digital Equipment Corp. (now part of Hewlett Packard) and IBM. Professor Roberson is a Director of Advanced Diamond Technologies, Cleversafe, Caerus Institute and Sun Phocus Technologies, LLC. He also serves on the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's Technology Advisory Council and the U.S. Commerce Department's Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC), the Board of Directors of FIRST Robotics, the National Advisory Council for the Boy Scouts of America and as an International Advisory Panel member for the Prime Minister of Malaysia. He holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Washington State University and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.