The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program's member agencies coordinate their NITRD research activities and plans by Program Component Areas (PCAs) or program focus areas. For each PCA, agency representatives meet in an Interagency Working Group (IWG) to exchange information and collaborate on research plans and activities such as testbeds, workshops, and cooperative solicitations.
Andrew Clegg is the creator and program director of the National Science Foundation’s Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS) program. He is also NSF’s spectrum manager, helping to accommodate access to the radio spectrum for NSF-funded science and engineering activities. He co-chairs the Wireless Spectrum R&D (WSRD) Senior Steering Group of the National Information Technology R&D (NITRD) program. Prior to joining NSF in 2003, he was a lead member of technical staff for Cingular Wireless, working on interference and spectrum management issues for cellular telephone and other systems. He holds a PhD in radio astronomy (major) and electrical engineering (minor) from Cornell University, and a BA in physics and astronomy from the University of Virginia.