* IEEE-INDUSTRY DAY-February 5, 2009 *
Peter Sobel | Dr. Terman | Ibrahim Gedeon | Dr. Krishna Raghunandan | Upendra Chivukula | Dr. Moreno | Dr. Drobot | Dr. Kosinski | Harvey Waxman | Dr. Schulzrinne | Dr. Chernock | Dr. Raychaudhuri | Dr. Ranky | Dr. Andrews | Dr. Birru | Ed Liberty

Peter Sobel

Director, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships

Pete received is BA from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. He has served as a Legislative Aide in the United States Senate focusing on finance, labor and education issues. He has led Communications, Development and Corporate Partnership initiatives at Yale University, Rutgers University and the Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He created the Fortune 500 Client Satisfaction program and the International Employee Volunteer program at KPMG - a big four Audit, Tax and Consulting firm. Pete joined the IEEE in 2006 and is responsible for building Corporate Partnerships and leading the Development efforts of the IEEE Foundation.

Dr. Lew Terman

2008 President

Dr. Lew Terman has been part of the IEEE as member and volunteer for almost 50 years. He joined as a graduate student in 1958, and became an active volunteer in the 1960s. Over four decades of volunteering, he has served as president of two societies, was editor and special issue guest editor of four publications, and has been on the program committee and served as program chair and general chair of seven conferences. Hw also has been continuously involved with the Awards Board for over three decades.

Since 1990, he has been involved with TAB and IEEE governance, with the exception of 1993 when he was PSPB Treasurer. He has been on the IEEE Board of Directors three of the last five years - as TAB Vice-President in 2001 and as Division 1 Director in 2004-2005. He has been president of the Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits societies, been TAB Treasurer for two terms, been Chair of the Meetings and Conferences Committee when it reported to TAB, and since 1990 has been involved in numerous IEEE and TAB committees and task forces on such topics as strategic planning, governance and reorganization, and finances.

Mr. Ibrahim Gedeon

Chief Technology Officer

Ibrahim Gedeon, as the Chief Technology Officer, is responsible for technology strategy, network and services architecture and network support systems for TELUS Communications Inc. In his role as CTO he is responsible for the Wireless-Wireline service and network convergence, enterprise applications and network infrastructure strategies and evolution.

Mr. Gedeon began his career in telecommunications engineering and research in 1990 when he joined Bell Northern Research designing signal-processing software in the cryptographic systems division. He moved to Nortel Networks in 1994 as a network design engineer, where he provided technical network design expertise to Nortel Networks' customer base globally. He was named vice president and director of Data Network Engineering at Nortel in 1996, and vice president of Internet Brand Management in 1999, where he was responsible for IP/MPLS/ATM standards, engineering, and market development. He was appointed senior vice president of Wireless Engineering in 2000 and led the global engineering team responsible for operations, sales support, and systems engineering.

Mr. Gedeon has held numerous leadership roles in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has received several professional awards, including IEEE Canada's Outstanding Canadian Engineer Award. Ibrahim has a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Masters' in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University.

Dr. Krishna Raghunandan
Construction Administrator (Wireless)
New York City Transit

K. Raghunandan worked in the Indian Space Research Organization from 1977 till 1987 on launch vehicle systems. From 1987 to 1992 he worked on a European Space Agency project in England. He worked in Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies from 1993 till 2004. During this period he worked in the field of wireless communications specializing in TDMA, CDMA, Satellite Digital Audio Radio Systems, as well as Access systems (ADSL) and other communication technologies. In 2005 he was granted a US patent on integrated access network using wireless and cable. Since 2004, he works for New York City Transit (MTA), in the Communication Engineering department and is responsible for evaluating new wireless technologies for the organization. Raghu received the bachelors degree in Electronic engineering from the University of Mysore, Masters Degree in Instrumentation from IIT, Kharagpur and Research degree in Satellite communication from the University of Surrey, England. Raghu has several international publications in IEEE conferences and journals. Raghu was one of the panelists for an on-line webinar conducted by Wireless Week magazine on the topic of "3G and beyond" held on Nov 17, 2005. He has also delivered lectures at several universities in USA, UK, Malaysia and India.

Mr. Upendra Chivukula

Deputy Speaker
NJ State Assembly
Vice-chairman, Commerce and Economic Development Committee

Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula is the first South Asian American elected to NJ State Assembly and he is the fourth Indian American elected to the state-level office.

He is a Leadership New Jersey Fellow (1998), Flemming Institute Fellow (2003), Past President of Franklin Township Lions Club and Zone 2 Chairman in District 16-D. He is National Committee Member of the Association of Indians in America, Past Secretary of NJ Chapter of Indian American Forum for Political Education and Past President of Asian American Political Coalition.

He is Managing Director, Antarctica Group, New York, NY. Upendra has drawn extensive technical and business experience from AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Mr. Upendra has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the City College of the City University of New York.

Dr. Jaime Moreno

Senior Manager, Microprocessor Architecture
IBM Research.

Jaime H. Moreno is Senior Manager, Microprocessor Architecture, at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York. He joined the IBM Research Division in 1992, where he has performed research on a variety of microprocessor architecture and performance analysis topics, including high-end server microprocessors, game processors, low-power embedded processors and digital signal processors. In his current role as Senior Manager, he leads a department whose research activities include power/reliability aware microarchitectures, systems technology and microarchitecture interactions, advanced systems architecture, and advanced compiler technology. His department's efforts address the full range of IBM processors and systems. In addition to multiple publications in journals and conferences, Jaime is coauthor of the books "Introduction to Digital Systems" (Wiley, 1999) and "Matrix Computations on Systolic-Type Arrays (Kluwer, 1992). He holds 17 patents in processor architecture, and has been recognized as Master Inventor at IBM Research. Before joining IBM Research, Jaime was a faculty member at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Concepcion, Chile. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California Los Angeles, and a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Concepcion, Chile.

Dr. Adam T. Drobot

CTO & President
Advanced Technology Solutions

As Chief Technology Officer and President of Advanced Technology Solutions, Dr. Drobot is responsible for the company's Applied Research and Government & Public Sector groups. He oversees an Applied Research organization of more than 220 researchers who are involved in many aspects of Internet, broadband and information networking, and software technologies. The Applied Research group is renowned for developing such groundbreaking technologies as ADSL, AIN, ATM, ISDN, Frame Relay, PCS, SMDS, SONET, video-on-demand, and Internet telephony.

Dr. Drobot's Government & Public Sector group is the single focal point that concentrates all Telcordia resources to accelerate company growth in the government space. As its head, he is responsible for planning and implementing systems engineering solutions that are applicable to Federal, State and Local government problems. These solutions span telecommunications and IT areas, including networking and operations for traditional, as well as evolving IP and converged general purpose and mission-specific networks. The Government & Public Sector group's areas of expertise include security and information assurance as well as business process outsourcing.

Prior to Telcordia, Dr. Drobot managed the Advanced Technology Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a $7B Fortune 250 firm. He also served as the Senior Vice President for Science and Technology in his 26 years at SAIC.

Dr. John A. Kosinski, Ph.D., FIEEE

Principal Deputy for Technology
Fort Monmouth, NJ 07703

John A. Kosinski is a 12-year cancer survivor with treatment through Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1993 from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Since 1981 he has worked for the U.S. Army in a variety of positions performing and managing research in electronics and signal processing. Dr. Kosinski received the Superior Civilian Service Award for his role in an I2WD team deployed to the World Trade Center to assist in victim rescue and evidence recovery in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He currently serves as Principal Deputy for Technology, where he is responsible for a broad-based effort to identify, develop, and apply advanced technologies to the next generation of Army signals intelligence and information operations.

Dr. Kosinski was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE in "for contributions to piezoelectric substrate materials and resonators." He is a also Senior Research Fellow of and Director of Admissions for the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry (ISPE), a global non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of human knowledge through personal accomplishment, advanced enquiry, and creative contributions.

Harvey Waxman

Chief Architect

Harvey Waxman is Vice President of Architecture for Avaya Inc. His team is part of Avaya's CTO group within Avaya's Strategy and Technology organization. As the head of Architecture, Harvey leads a team responsible for the development of an Avaya-Wide Architecture. Additionally, he is responsible for Avaya Internal Standards and External Standards. Prior to Avaya, Harvey held technical management positions within the architecture arena at Lucent Technologies, AT&T and Novell, Inc. His responsibilities covered all phases of product life cycle for very large software projects including development, test, integration and forward looking work. Harvey received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Rutgers, The State University in New Jersey and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Henning Schulzrinne

Professor & Chair - Dept. of Computer Science, Columbia University

Henning Schulzrinne heads the Internet Real-Time Laboratory at Columbia University. His research program has contributed to the areas of Internet multimedia, Internet telephony, performance evaluation, network security and packet scheduling. Internet protocols co-developed by him are used in international standards, including the com- mon protocol for exchanging multimedia streams across the Internet and protocols for establishing Internet telephony calls as well as Internet multimedia-on-demand streams. He is currently the chair of the department of Computer Science at Columbia.

Dr. Schulzrinne has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Richard Chernock

Chief Technology Officer, Triveni Digital, Inc.
Princeton Junction, NJ

Dr. Chernock is currently Chief Technology Officer at Triveni Digital €“ an LG Electronics Company. In that position, he is developing strategic directions for monitoring, content distribution and metadata management for emerging digital television systems and infrastructures. Previously, he was a Research Staff Member at IBM Research, investigating digital broadcast technologies.

Dr. Chernock is active in many of the ATSC and SCTE standards committees, particularly in the areas of monitoring, metadata, and data broadcast. He is vice-chair of the Technology Group on Distribution (TSG) and chairing the Non-Real-Time Services and Mobile/Handheld management layer activities within ATSC. He is a major participant in the SCTE HMS video monitoring activity.

In another life, he used transmission electron microscopy to study materials characteristics for advanced ceramics packaging and semiconductor technology at IBM. His ScD was from MIT in the field of nuclear materials engineering.


Professor, ECE Dept & Director, WINLAB
Rutgers University

Dipankar Raychaudhuri is Professor-II, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director, WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Lab) at Rutgers University. As WINLAB's Director, he is responsible for a cooperative industry-university research center with focus on next-generation wireless technologies. WINLAB's current research scope includes topics such as RF/sensor devices, cognitive radio, ad-hoc mesh networks, wireless security, future Internet architecture, and pervasive computing. He is principal investigator of the NSF funded "ORBIT" open-access next-generation wireless network testbed at Rutgers, and has served as co-chair of the NSF GENI Wireless Working Group working on wireless aspects of a global experimental infrastructure for the future Internet.

He has previously held progressively responsible corporate R&D positions in the telecom/networking industry including: Chief Scientist, Iospan Wireless (2000-01), Assistant General Manager & Dept Head-Systems Architecture, NEC USA C&C Research Laboratories (1993-99) and Head, Broadband Communications Research, Sarnoff Corp (1990-92). Dr. Raychaudhuri obtained his B.Tech (Hons) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D degrees from SUNY, Stony Brook in 1978, 79. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Paul Ranky


Dr. Ranky is a Full Tenured Professor of Industrial, Manufacturing and Management Systems Engineering at the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at NJIT, with an additional faculty appointment with NJIT's IT, as Professor of IS & IT. He is a member, or former member, of SAE(USA), IEE(UK), IET (UK), IEEE(USA), PMI(USA), SME(USA), ASME(USA), ISPE (USA), International Soc. of Pharmaceutical Engineers, ASQ(USA), the Lean Manufacturing and the Quality Auditing Dvivisions, educated by ASQ (USA) in lean six-sigma, quality leadership, and others.

He is a Registered and Chartered Professional Engineer, specializing in integrated product and process design, PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), using digital product, process, manufacturing, and factory design methods and tools, concurrent / simultaneous engineering, in design for manufacturing / assembly / disassembly / quality, in quality system design and auditing, manufacturing systems and industrial engineering, in assembly automation and robotics with advanced sensors, in GMP (Good Manufacturing & Laboratory Practice), in sustainable green manufacturing, in humanoid robotics, in hi-tech project management, in requirements analysis, in process risk analysis, in total quality management, in designing and operating lean systems, designing electronic user and maintenance manuals with 3D content, in information systems & information technology, CMMI, and in underwater device test engineering (including corrosion and MEMS / nanotech. device testing).

Dr. Clinton J. Andrews, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Rutgers University
Director, Urban Planning and Policy Development Program

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Clint Andrews is an engineer and planner who performs research on green buildings and energy infrastructure. He is an associate professor at Rutgers University where he directs the urban planning program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He was educated at Brown and MIT. Andrews currently serves on the 2009 IEEE President's Sustainability Initiative and is member of the IEEE Societies on Power & Energy, and Social Implications of Technology. He served on the IEEE Board of Directors in 2005-6.

Dr. Dagaachew Birru

Philips Research Laboratories
Principal Member Research Staff/Project Leader

Dagnachew Birru, PhD, principal member research staff and project leader at Philips Research North America, has been with Philips Research since 1992. Since 1998, he has been with the Wireless Communications and Networking Department of Philips Research Laboratories, Briarcliff Manor, NY, leading various teams working on several research topics. Currently, he is leading a research project on integrated energy management for buildings to reduce the energy consumption of HVAC and lighting through innovative use of integrated control algorithms, and wireless sensor and actuator networks. Prior to this, he worked on high-data rate WPAN (60GHz, UWB), cognitive radios, multi-standard channel decoder architectures and algorithms for digital TV reception. He contributed to wireless standardization bodies such as 802.15.3c/3a, Ecma, 802.22, WiMedia and ATSC. From 1992 to 1998, he was a Research Scientist at Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, The Netherlands working on DSP core architectures and new sigma-delta modulation techniques and algorithms. He is the author and coauthor of several papers and patents.

Ed Liberty

Vice President, Energy Advisors, Procurement Consulting & Asset Development
Dome-Tech Inc.

Ed leads energy consulting and project construction at Dome-Tech, uncovering and delivering energy saving opportunities for industrial and commercial clients nationwide. He also provides clients with assistance in purchasing electric and natural gas supplies at the lowest cost possible, acting as an energy broker to provide producers of renewable energy access to buyers of renewable energy.

Ed brings 26 years of professional experience to his role at Dome-Tech. Previously, Ed was with NUI Corporation of Bedminster, New Jersey where he held Director positions in the asset development, project development and gas transportation services. His experience also includes sixteen years with Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) Company of Newark, New Jersey.

Ed holds a BSME degree from Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and served as a Director on the Board of the Florida Natural Gas Association from 2001 to 2005.