• Big Data
    Interagency Working Group
    (BD IWG)

    The Big Data Interagency Working Group (BD IWG) works to facilitate and further the goals of the White House Big Data R&D Initiative.

  • Cyber Physical Systems Interagency Working Group (CPS IWG)

    The CPS IWG is to coordinate programs, budgets, and policy recommendations for Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) research and development (R&D).

  • Cyber Security and Information Assurance Interagency Working Group (CSIA IWG)

    Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) Interagency Working Group coordinates the activities of the CSIA Program Component Area.

  • Health IT R&D
    Interagency Working Group

    The Health Information Technology Research and Development Interagency Working Group coordinates programs, budgets and policy recommendations for Health IT R&D.

  • Human Computer Interaction & Information Management Interagency Working Group (HCI&IM IWG)

    HCI&IM focuses on information interaction, integration, and management research to develop and measure the performance of new technologies.

  • High Confidence Software & Systems Interagency Working Group (HCSS IWG)

    HCSS R&D supports development of scientific foundations and enabling software and hardware technologies for the engineering, verification and validation, assurance, and certification of complex, networked, distributed computing systems and cyber-physical systems (CPS).

  • High End Computing Interagency Working Group (HEC IWG)

    The HEC IWG coordinates the activities of the High End Computing (HEC) Infrastructure and Applications (I&A) and HEC Research and Development (R&D) Program Component Areas (PCAs).

  • Large Scale Networking Interagency Working Group
    (LSN IWG)

    LSN members coordinate Federal agency networking R&D in leading-edge networking technologies, services, and enhanced performance.

  • Software Productivity, Sustainability, and Quality Interagency Working Group (SPSQ IWG)

    The purpose of the SPSQ IWG is to coordinate the R&D efforts across agencies that transform the frontiers of software science and engineering and to identify R&D areas in need of development that span the science and the technology of software creation and sustainment.

  • Video and Image Analytics
    Interagency Working Group (VIA IWG)

    Formed to ensure and maximize successful coordination and collaboration across the Federal government in the important and growing area of video and image analytics

    VIA CG
  • Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Interagency Working Group (WSRD IWG)

    The Wireless Spectrum R&D (WSRD) Interagency Working Group (IWG) has been formed to coordinate spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government.


Federal - Commercial Spectrum Sharing/WSRD Workshop VII Biographies

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Vanu Bose

Vanu Bose is CEO of Vanu, Inc. Founded in 1998, Vanu, Inc. pioneered the commercialization of software-defined radio and was the first company to receive FCC certification of a software-defined radio in 2004. Vanu, Inc. has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Software-Defined Radio Forum Achievement Award, IEEE Spectrum Magazine’s Wireless Winner, and the GSM Association Technology Award for Most Innovative Infrastructure Product. Dr. Bose has been granted the personal distinctions of being named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a ComputerWorld Honors Program Laureate. Dr. Bose is currently serving as a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, as a member of the Army Science Board, and as a member of the MIT Corporation. Dr. Bose was a technical expert for the President’s Council of Advisors (PCAST) report: “Realizing the full potential of government-held spectrum to spur economic growth”, and is the founder of the National Spectrum Consortium. Dr. Bose received his B.S, M.S. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Jim Craig

Jim Craig served over 28 years in law enforcement both as a Police Officer and as a DEA Special Agent. From 2001-2007 he served as Special Agent in Charge for the New Orleans and Houston Field Divisions. His last position prior to retiring was the Assistant Administrator and CIO where he managed DEA’s global IT systems, forensic laboratories, investigative technologies, mission critical communication systems and directed DEA’s spectrum relocation efforts. Since his retirement he has worked in both the government and private sectors providing strategic guidance on technology development and programs that impact public safety. He is currently a Senior Advisor for DOJ/OCIO working on the departments’ spectrum relocation efforts while evaluating emerging technologies and other programs that impact DOJ’s mission.

Simon Forge

Simon Forge has over 25 years’ experience in the information industries, principally in the UK, France and Italy. He is director of SCF Associates Ltd. His strategy and economic studies have been draw on by major systems vendors, governments, regulators and mobile operators for new directions, especially on spectrum policy. Currently he is working on projects in telecommunications, computing and their socio-economic impacts, exploring new radio and computing models and technologies with an emphasis on forecasting (using a scenario-based methodology). Recent studies include an analysis of the use by the mission critical sectors of commercial broadband mobile; an EU policy for sharing spectrum with an economic benefits analysis; use of licence exempt bands for novel smart grid technologies; and a strategy for the release of the 700MHz band to stimulate EU industry. He has a PhD in digital signal processing, MSc and BSc in Control Engineering, all from the University of Sussex, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer, M.IET, sits on the editorial board of the Journal Info and is a visiting lecturer at Chalmers Technical University, Sweden.

Mark Gibson

Mark Gibson: With over 30 years of spectrum management experience, Mark is responsible for developing domestic and international business opportunities for Comsearch. In addition to leading Comsearch’s technical and business development efforts for AWS, 3.5 GHz and TV White Space products and services, he has led efforts to address spectrum sharing between Federal government and commercial users. He is a co-chair of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, where he has also co-chaired working groups related to spectrum sharing and data exchange issues. He has led Comsearch’s spectrum management efforts including the development of spectrum sharing analysis protocols and sharing criteria, as well as development of Comsearch’s engineering services and software products. He has led Comsearch’s efforts in working with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering as their technical partner for WMTS frequency coordination. He has authored several papers on spectrum sharing and relocation and has advised numerous wireless participants in their system design. He received his BSEE from the University of Maryland.

Scott Blake

Scott Blake Harris is the Chairman of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. He has practiced law in Washington D.C. for thirty-eight years, and has had extensive communications, technology, energy, administrative, litigation, and national security law experience. Mr. Harris re-joined the firm in May 2014, having left in 2009 to accept to serve as General Counsel of the United States Department of Energy. While at Energy, Mr. Harris served as Co-Chair of the Broadband Subcommittee of the White House National Science and Technology Council. Mr. Harris previously served in government as the first Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, and as Chief Counsel for Export Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is currently Chair of the FCC Advisory Committee for the 2015 World Radio Conference (WRC), a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications, and a member of the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Advisory Committee.

Joseph Heaps

Joseph Heaps is Deputy Chief of the Information and Sensor Technologies Division and the Communications Technology Portfolio manager at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Previously, he was Vice President of Business Development at AstroVision International, a commercial satellite company, and a Senior Policy analyst at the Federal Communications Commission, where he advised three chairmen. Twice he served as a U.S. delegate to the World Radiocommunication Conference — in 2000 in Istanbul, Turkey, and in 1997 in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University.

Carolyn Kahn

Carolyn Kahn is Principal Economics and Business Analyst at The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the Federal government. For over 15 years, Ms. Kahn has worked in partnership with the government and across MITRE to provide advice and analysis on spectrum economics-related topics to address complex issues of critical national importance. Ms. Kahn led the Business and Investment Analysis core competency area within MITRE’s Center for Acquisition and Management Sciences. She also served as the Lead Economic Advisor to the International Consortium for Telemetry Spectrum. Ms. Kahn holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from McGill University and a BA in Economics and International Studies from Brandeis University.

Ira Keltz

Ira Keltz is Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology. In this role, he assists in managing several divisions of engineers, attorneys and economists in the development of telecommunications policies for spectrum use in the United States. Mr. Keltz is responsible for balancing complex engineering, policy, economic and public interest issues to implement national spectrum policy for non-Federal spectrum users. This includes allocating spectrum for licensed services, setting technical rules for unlicensed devices, and implementing procedures for equipment certification. Mr. Keltz previously served as Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology’s Electrical Compatibility Division and Deputy Chief of its Policy and Rules Division. In addition, he has been a Senior Technical Advisor in the Wireless Bureau’s Public Safety and Private Wireless Division, where he managed the implementation of the Commission’s Universal Licensing System. Mr. Keltz has been with the FCC since 1994. Prior to the FCC, Mr. Keltz held positions with Loral Advanced Projects and LSA, Inc. Mr. Keltz holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University and a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

William Lehr

William Lehr is a Research Scientist in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Dr. Lehr is an economist whose specialty is the regulatory and industrial economics of the Internet infrastructure industries. He participates in the MIT Communications Futures Program, where his current research focuses on the evolution of wireless networking, broadband Internet access, and spectrum policy. Prior to coming to MIT in 1996, Dr. Lehr was an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. In addition to his academic teaching and research, Dr. Lehr provides business strategy and litigation consulting services to public and private sector clients in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Lehr holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford (1992), an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School (1985), and MSE (1984), BS (1979) and BA (1979) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

John Leibovitz

John Leibovitz is Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau & Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy at the FCC, where he plays an instrumental role in driving spectrum and wireless policy for the agency. Mr. Leibovitz was the spectrum team lead in the creation of the National Broadband Plan, and as Deputy Chief of the Wireless Bureau, he is responsible for implementing this strategy and other strategic wireless policies. Mr. Leibovitz oversees the Broadband and Mobility divisions within the Wireless Bureau. Prior to joining the FCC, Mr. Leibovitz worked on the Presidential Transition Team, where he helped to launch the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform working group. Before that, he worked as an entrepreneur and strategy consultant in telecom with an emphasis on the wireless sector. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Janice Obuchowski

Janice Obuchowski, President of Freedom Technologies, Inc., has held several leadership positions in the United States government and the private sector. She served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce (NTIA) under President George H.W. Bush, as well as the United States Ambassador to the 2003 World Radiocommunications Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms. Obuchowski also has held several positions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), including Senior Advisor to the Chairman. Other current or past activities have included contributions as a longstanding member of the Commerce Department’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC). Ms. Obuchowski earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an Editor of the Law Journal and was honored as Alumna of the Year in 2005. She attended the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, France, and graduated with Honors from Wellesley College.

Thyaga Nandagopal

Thyaga Nandagopal serves in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) of the National Science Foundation. He manages wireless networking and mobile computing research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program at NSF. He has been with the Foundation since February 2012. He serves as the co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research & Development (WSRD) Senior Steering Group, effective January 2015. Dr. Nandagopal received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2002 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was at Bell Labs from 2002 to 2012. His research interests have spanned several areas over these years: wireless ad hoc/mesh networks, cellular network protocols and algorithms, RFID/sensor networks, internet routing architectures and protocols, cloud computing, and energy-efficient network design.

Peter Tenhula

Peter Tenhula is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Spectrum Management in the Office of Spectrum Management (OSM) at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). In that role, Mr. Tenhula develops and implements initiatives in the highly complex technical area of radiocommunications and management of the Federal Government’s use of the radio frequency spectrum. Prior to joining OSM in October 2014, he was a Senior Advisor in NTIA’s Office of the Assistant Secretary where he advised the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, OSM, and the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences on spectrum policy matters. Before joining NTIA in 2012, Mr. Tenhula worked at Shared Spectrum Company in Vienna, Virginia, for six years, serving as the company’s Vice President and General Counsel. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Wireless Innovation Forum (formerly the SDR Forum) and chaired the forum’s Regulatory Committee. From 1990 to 2006, Mr. Tenhula served at the Federal Communications Commission, where he held several positions including Acting Deputy Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Director of the Spectrum Policy Task Force, Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman Michael Powell, Special Counsel to General Counsel William Kennard, and staff attorney in the Office of General Counsel and the Mass Media Bureau. Mr. Tenhula received his undergraduate degree in telecommunications from Indiana University, Bloomington, and earned a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Stuart Timerman

Stuart Timerman served as the International Team lead for the DISA Defense Spectrum Office (DSO), the DSO Deputy Director, and the Army Spectrum Manager within the Army CIO/G6 Directorate before being selected in October 2010 to become part of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and to become the DISA Director, Defense Spectrum Management Organization (DSO). Mr. Timeramn attended Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY where he received a Bachelor of Science degree for Electrical Engineering in 1979.

Martin B.H. Weiss

Martin B.H. Weiss is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also holds a faculty appointment in telecommunications. He earned his PhD. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied the standards development process under Professor Marvin A. Sirbu. He also earned an MSE in Computer, Control, and Information Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. His overall research themes are the analysis of situations where competing firms must cooperate, dynamic spectrum access systems and the evolution of telecommunications industry.