Board of Directors
Department Manager, Wireless Infrastructure, Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Justin Brewster is the Department Manager, Wireless Infrastructure for Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Justin started his telecommunication career in 2000 with Dobson Communications d.b.a. CellularOne in Atwater, Ca, where he was a cell site technician in the Central Valley. Justin moved into the switch and was the switch technician for three Alcatel-Lucent switches in California and Arizona. Justin started with Pioneer in 2005 as a Wireless Switch Technician. Currently Justin has the honor of leading the Inter-Carrier Service (roaming) , Switch Technician, Cell Site Technician, and the Wireless Product Development teams within Pioneer. Together, with other teams, they have built a CDMA 1xRTT/Voice and EVDO network. This network covers 47 counties in Oklahoma and 14 counties in Kansas. Pioneer is a member of the Verizon LRA program and will have the 4G LTE RAN completed by the end of 2015. Pioneer has recently turned up their own LTE Evolved Packet Core and are building out the RAN using owned spectrum.
Vice President, Platform Engineering Group, CDMA Products and Development, Intel Corporation
Mark Davis is vice president in the Platform Engineering Group, in CDMA Product and Development (CPD). In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all engineering activities for the CPD Group.
Prior to joining Intel, Dr. Davis was a founder of VIA Telecom, where he served as vice president and chief technical officer, responsible for all aspects of the company’s research and development as well as its overall technology roadmap.
A 30-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Dr. Davis founded the predecessor of VIA Telecom, known as LSI Logic’s Wireless Design Center, where he led the development of GSM and CDMA baseband processors.
Before that, Dr, Davis was at Linkabit, which was acquired by Hughes Network Systems, where his work focused on embedded software for satellite communications and VSAT terminals.
Mark Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
Senior Vice President, Network Operations, C Spire
Eric Hollingsworth joined C Spire in 2004 as an RF Design Engineer. During his tenure, he has steadily advanced within the technical department, and now serves as Senior Vice President of Network Operations for wireless and wireline services. Eric’s teams of dedicated engineers, technicians, and network administrators are responsible for designing, building, and operating C Spire’s customer facing networks including wireless voice, LTE, residential video & phone, small business internet, as well as C Spire’s groundbreaking Gigabit Fiber To The Home services.
Eric received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and has over 18 years of experience in the wireless industry. Eric has been happily married to his wife, Mary, for 18 years. They have two teenage children, Katie and Thomas.
Syed Zaeem Hosain
Chief Technical Officer, Aeris Communications, Inc.
Mr. Hosain is responsible for the architecture and future direction of Aeris Communications’ networks, development programs and technology strategy. He joined Aeris in 1996 as Vice President, Engineering and a member of the founding executive team of Aeris.
He has over thirty-five years experience in the semiconductor, computer and telecommunications industries, including product development, architecture design and technical management. Prior to joining Aeris, he held senior engineering and management positions at Analog Devices, Cypress Semiconductor, CAD National and ESS Technology. He has presented numerous papers and participated on panel sessions at conferences on Machine to Machine (M2M) networks, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and cellular technologies for M2M and IoT.
Mr. Hosain is Chairman of the International Forum on ANSI-41 Standards Technology (IFAST), and is on the Boards of the Mobility Development Group (MDG) and the IoT M2M Council (IMC). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Executive Director & Executive Vice President, China Telecom
Mr. Zhang is a professor-level senior engineer. He graduated from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications with a bachelor’s degree in radio telecommunications engineering in 1982, studied in a postgraduate program in applied computer engineering at Northeastern Industrial University from 1986 to 1988, and received a doctorate degree in business administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2004. Prior to joining China Telecommunications Corporation in May 2000, he served as Deputy Director General of Directorate General of Telecommunications, or the DGT, of the MPT, a Deputy Director General and Director of the Telecommunication Technology Center of the Posts and Telecommunications Administration of Liaoning Province. He is also a Vice President of China Telecommunications Corporation. Mr. Zhang has 32 years of experience in network operation and management in the telecommunications industry in the PRC.
Brahm P. Parasher
Business Strategy, Operations & Product Management, Mobile Networks Business Unit, Nokia
Brahm is a member of Wireless Business Unit at Nokia reporting to senior leadership team on wide ranging responsibilities on Business Strategy, Product/Portfolio Management, Marketing, and International Business Development. Previously Brahm worked at Alcatel-Lucent Wireless R&D as a Systems Engineer & Architect on design and development of various macro & small-cell network solutions along with features/products for CDMA/LTE wireless operators. Before elected in MDG’s Board, he has also served in Board of Directors for CDG while chairing the CDG’s Global Strategy Team.
Prior to joining Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent), Brahm’s career spanned across AT&T Bell Labs, NYNEX, Bell Atlantic and Verizon where he was involved in design & development along with assessment & validation of various emerging wireless & transport technologies.
Brahm has over 20 years of telecommunications industry experience and holds a MBA in Finance & Strategy from NYU Stern School of Business, Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, India.
Scott McCloud, Sr.
Senior Vice President/Chief Technical Officer, Bluegrass Cellular Inc.
Scott McCloud is the Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Bluegrass Cellular. He has been with Bluegrass since 1998, beginning his tenure with the company as Wireless Operations Manager. A member of Bluegrass Cellular’s executive staff, Scott plays an integral role in shaping the company’s technological advancement. He has guided a number of the company’s notable achievements, including Bluegrass’s industry-leading partnership with Verizon Wireless’s LTE in Rural America program, the launch of a second 4G LTE network, and responsibility for Bluegrass Network and Bluegrass Telecom.
In addition to his strategic leadership role on the executive committee, Scott manages the company’s corporate footprint and oversees Bluegrass’s network technology strategy, IT planning, engineering and field operations.
Senior Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Inc.
Dr. Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr. is a QUALCOMM Fellow and a Senior Vice President of Engineering of QUALCOMM Technologies, Inc. He leads QUALCOMM’s worldwide standardization and industry organization activities. Dr. Tiedemann was instrumental in the design and development of the TIA/EIA/IS-95 CDMA system, also called cdmaOne™. He led QUALCOMM’s and much of the industry’s efforts in the design and development of the third-generation cdma2000® system. More recently, Dr. Tiedemann led the offline industry group on M2M convergence, which resulted in oneM2M.
Prior to becoming involved with terrestrial wireless communications, Dr. Tiedemann was involved with numerous commercial and military satellite systems. From 1977 to 1988, Dr. Tiedemann was at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he worked on mmWave satellite communications systems.
Dr. Tiedemann holds the Ph.D. degree from MIT where he worked in the areas of queueing theory and communications networks. He holds the Master of Science degree from Purdue University where he worked on bandwidth efficient modulation. He also holds the Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va Tech).
Dr. Tiedemann is past chairman of the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va Tech). He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a member of the Peabody Essex Museum Asian Export Art Visiting Committee.
Dr. Tiedemann is General Chair of GLOBECOM 2015, one of the IEEE Communications Society flagship conferences.