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The faculty of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program is our greatest asset. We combine core technical experience in the fields of technology, Internet security, routing, law, economics and business. Many of our faculty members are leading researchers in their fields, and several have held positions of authority in government. Our faculty are regularly invited to speak at international conferences to provide Congressional testimony on telecommunications matters, and to consult with industry leaders. No other program in the world can boast of the reputation that our faculty members enjoy and bring to the students in our small classroom setting.
Dr. Ken Baker has held various positions related to both RF network planning and new product research and development at Nortel and Qualcomm Inc. In addition he has participated in the rollout of CDMA systems worldwide. Since joining the faculty at CU Boulder, he continues these roles via wireless industry consulting and training. The emphasis is in LTE network configurations for indoor coverage for both commercial and public safety applications. He holds twelve patents in CDMA communication system technology.
Professor Baker's research concerns the investigation of cognitive network techniques which use shorter range wireless physical links to enable applications such as robotic control, sensing, security, and communications. This includes augmentations to the existing large area wireless network infrastructure to facilitate sensing and advanced indoor communication capabilities. The goal is to enable these systems to thrive and function well in the same physical locations, possibly sharing the same spectrum.
PhD, EE, Virginia Tech
Office: ECOT 347
Office Hours: Fridays 8:00 am -12:00 pm
Frank S. Barnes, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Barnes conducts research in laser, fiber optics, microwave devices, and effects of electromagnetic fields on biological systems. He also teaches electronics and optical electronics and is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAS and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He has been awarded the Bernard M. Gordon Prize from National Academy of Engineering for Innovations in Engineering Education 2004, IEEE Education Society 2003 Achievement Award, and 2002 Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Educator Award from American Society of Engineering Education ECE Section. Along with political scientist George Codding, Frank Barnes co-founded the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program in 1971.
Professor Brad Bernthal teaches and conducts research in the Law School and Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. In ITP, Brad leads courses in the areas of telecommunication policy with an emphasis on spectrum issues. In the Law School, Brad leads the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic. In addition to his clinical instruction, Brad teaches a doctrinal course in the area of entrepreneurial finance. Prior to joining Colorado Law as an Associate Clinical Professor, Brad served as the Silicon Flatirons Fellow for 2005-2007, a research associate appointment associated with Colorado Law's Silicon Flatirons Center. His current research involves telecommunications policy issues with a focus on spectrum management, public safety, and so-called "smart" radios (i.e., cognitive and software defined radios).
Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Brad started his legal career in San Francisco with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP. He then returned to Denver where he practiced at Hogan & Hartson, LLP before most recently working for the Boulder law firm of Berg, Hill, Greenleaf and Ruscitti LLP. Prior to law school, Brad conducted legislative research as a staff assistant to United States Senator Robert Kerrey of Nebraska.
Office: LAWS 105R
Cathy Bishop has over 20 years experience as a professional programmer, with an emphasis on Unix, C/C++, and Java. She currently works for Qualstar Corporation, a storage company with an R&D division here in Boulder. She has also has 7 years teaching computer science full time at Red Rocks Community College and has taught part time at CU since 2001.
Previously Vice President of Telecommunications, COREMAR (subsidiary of NWNL Co.); Data Network Designer, Norwest Banks; and Analyst, Department of Commerce (NTIA), Sharon Black, Esq. has extensive experience in voice, data, satellite, microwave, and CATV systems. She currently practices international telecommunications law in Boulder.
Professor Brown investigates how to use adaptation in complex communication systems. His group has developed new protocols for wireless ad hoc (also known as mesh) networks and he now heads a project to test these protocols in a network of small unmanned airplanes. Other work has studied cellular system design and quality of service in packet networks. Before joining the University of Colorado in 1995, he developed algorithms and architectures for hardware neural networks at Bell Communications Research and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the Colorado Junior Faculty Development Award. He has over 50 publications to his credit and has worked with over 150 students on Thesis and Capstone projects.
Paul Cernick has over 10 years of network design consulting experience working on large scale IP internetworks in mixed vendor environments. In addition, Mr. Cernick worked as an Engineer for Juniper Networks providing support to a Tier 1 ISP on technologies such as MPLS, BGP, and OSPF. In the past, Mr. Cernick has worked as a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor teaching advanced IP routing concepts and design strategies throughout the country and he published a book on the subject "Cisco IP routing Protocols" by IDG Books. Mr. Cernick holds Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert #5383, a certification held by less than 15,000 people worldwide. His interests include creating dynamic and interactive classroom scenarios that mimic real world IP networking environments to better prepare students for careers in the IP network design field.
Office: Juniper Systems
Professor Chen’s research aims to build rigorous foundations and develop new methodologies in optimization, game theory, and systems theory for modeling, analysis, design, and control of complex networked systems, in particular communication and computer networks and smart grids. A long-term research goal is to develop a foundational theory of network architecture that would include a common analytical framework and language that handles and integrates computation, communication, control, and incentive, and allow rigorous analysis and systematic design of complex networked systems.
Charles Cook is a Senior Member of IEEE and has more than 25 years of industry experience in Telecommunications. He began his career at Bell Laboratories. In the early 90's he joined USWEST Advanced Technologies where he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and Director of the Wireless Group. He is currently a Principal Architect at CenturyLink with responsibility for the development of copper, fiber, wireless access architectures and strategies.
Charles has been active in the development of National and International Standards for Physical-Layer access interfaces and technologies since 1987. During that time he held several industry leadership positions including co-chairing the Joint Technical Committee responsible for the development of the 2.5 Generation PCS/Cellular air interface standards that established the foundation of currently deployed mobile telecommunications technologies. He is well respected for his contributions to the development of national and international industry standards and holds over 40 patents in the area of telecommunications.
Mark Dehus' focus is virtualization and large-scale systems administration. His current research includes virtualization management systems, content delivery/distribution networks, and applications of virtualization toward computer science education. Mark has seven years experience in Systems Administration, and is currently the IT Research & Application Manager for the Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education (CAETE)
Office Hours: By Appointment
Conwell Dickey is a Scholar in Residence in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His current focus is on the Digital Energy Program, an area of specialization within the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program that focuses on the intersection of energy systems and telecommunication systems.
Prior to joining the University of Colorado he has been deeply involved in technical education, and particularly energy education. He has served as the program director for the Clean Energy Technology program at Front Range Community College. More recently he has been involved in the development and delivery of smart grid technical training short courses spanning the power systems, telecommunications and information technology disciplines. In 2007, he retired early from Hewlett Packard to pursue his passion for technical education. While at HP he served for 28 years in various engineering and management positions. Most recently he was a senior engineer and program manager in Hewlett Packard’s Technical Workstations division. Beside his technical contributions throughout his career at HP, he was also very active in promoting the essential partnership between industry and education via such efforts as HP’s Visiting Scientist program. He brings his passions for technical education and academic/industry partnerships with him to the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado.
Jeff DiMaio currently works as a Consulting Systems Engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc. In this role, Jeff is a subject matter expert in the field of voice, video and collaboration technologies for public sector customers across the Western United States. He has a passion for video and distance learning technologies.
Prior to this role at Cisco, Jeff worked as a Product Manager at SpectraLink Corporation who was a pioneer in the field of Voice over Wi-Fi technologies. He was active member of the Wi-Fi Alliance and helped develop some of the early wireless Quality of Service standards.
Jeff is a contributing author on two Cisco Press titles including Deploying Cisco Controller based wireless. He graduated from the University of Colorado ITP Program in 2008 and maintains several industry certifications including CCNP, CISSP and CWNE.
Office Hours: By Appointment
Kevin Epperson is currently a Principal Engineer with Microsoft Corporation. Kevin specializes in IP routing protocols and Internet dynamics. His research interests include inter-domain routing anomalies, analysis of the internet routing table and the economics of content delivery in emerging markets.
Office Hours: by Appointment Only
Dr. Gates has a dual appointment as Associate Professor Adjunct in the Department of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications and in the Department of Aerospace Sciences, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has served at the University of Colorado since 1981. Dr. Gates specializes in graduate-level data and computer communications. He teaches both in-class as well as distance education with the Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education (CAETE). He has served extensively on thesis committees, dissertation research committees, and as student advisor. He is also one of the original cofounders and principal staff member of the newly established Research and EngineeringCenter for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Dr. Gates is also the principal of his consulting practice in Boulder, CO since 1999. He is currently working with both commercial and defense related telecommunication initiatives. His customers include carrier equipment manufacturers, inter-exchange carriers, wireless communication companies, several aerospace corporations, and selected Department of Defense organizations and agencies.
Office: ECOT 347
Richard R. Green is the former President and CEO of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs®). In this position, he headed the research and development organization responsible for charting the cable television industry’s course in technology. Green had served in this role for the past 20 years as the first CEO of the labs. During his tenure CableLabs successfully helped the cable industry enter a new era of standards based new business endeavors such as high speed Internet access and digital voice.
Prior to CableLabs®, Green held the position of senior vice president of Broadcast Operations and Engineering at the Public Broadcasting Service where his contributions included construction of national network origination and transmission facilities. He was instrumental in establishing Public Broadcasting as a leader in High Definition Television and digital audio transmission technology. Prior to his role at PBS, he helped organize and establish the Advanced Television Systems Committee, a multi-industry-supported organization founded to develop voluntary national standards for advanced television. He held the position of Executive Director of that organization until 1983.
From 1980 to 1983, Green was director of the CBS Advanced Television Technology Laboratory in Stamford, Conn. In addition to his work at CBS in digital television and high-definition TV, Green participated in international standardization efforts that date from the late 1970s and chaired the committee that developed CCIR (now ITU-R) Recommendation 601, a worldwide television standard for digital signals. He is past chairman of SG9, a United Nations signatory committee (ITU-T) charged with the responsibility of recommending worldwide standards for advanced television services.
Green served as Director of Engineering at Times Fiber Communications from 1979-1980. In that role he developed technology for cabling of fiber and electro-optic and laser technology for application in cable distribution.
From 1977 to 1979, Dr. Green managed ABC’s Video Tape Post Production Department in Hollywood, and from 1972 to 1977, he directed basic research in laser technology for the Hughes Aircraft Co. in Los Angeles. Green served as a senior staff scientist for Boeing Scientific Research Laboratories (1964-1972), and as an assistant professor at the University of Washington (1968-1972).
Green is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Cable Center’s Executive Committee, and is past Chairman of Study Group 9 of the International Telecommunication Union, is Chairman of the Communications Technology Advisory Board, is a member of the FCC Technical Advisory Council, and is a Cable Television Pioneer. He also is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and TV Engineers. He serves as Board member and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of Liberty Global Corporation and a Board Member of Jones NCTI Corporation.
He is the author of more than 55 technical papers on topics ranging from TV production to electro-optical and laser research. Green was voted CED’s Man of the Year in 1991 and was selected by ElectronicMedia as one of 12 people in the U.S. media to watch in 1993. He is the recipient of the 1999 NCTA Vanguard Award for Science & Technology and selected as a 2008 inductee in the Cable Hall of Fame. Green managed and produced the first HDTV programs in the U.S. in December of 1981.
Office: ECOT 318
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays by Appointment
Dale N. Hatfield is currently an independent consultant and Adjunct Professor in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Hatfield was the Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission and, immediately before that, he was Chief Technologist at the Agency. He retired from the Commission and government service in December 2000. Before joining the Commission in December 1997, he was Chief Executive Officer of Hatfield Associates, Inc., a Boulder, Colorado based multidisciplinary telecommunications consulting firm. Before founding the consulting firm in 1982, Hatfield was Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Before moving to NTIA, Hatfield was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy at the FCC. Hatfield has nearly four decades of experience in telecommunications policy and regulation.
Hatfield has been involved in spectrum management issues for almost his entire career, including having major responsibilities for management of the resource at both the FCC and NTIA. Additionally, he has lectured, developed and taught short courses, and consulted in the area of spectrum management both domestically and internationally. For example, during 2005, Hatfield presented material and moderated a series of four virtual conferences on the topic of spectrum management for the development arm of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-D). The fourth conference included participation by 18 countries around the world. Also, in 2005, Hatfield co-chaired the Technical Committee of the IEEE Symposium on New Frontiers in Dynamic Spectrum Access" (DSA) networks, co-chaired a day-long panel session on spectrum management issues on behalf of the General Accounting Office at the National Academies, and spoke at the Spectrum Summit of the US Department of Defense. Hatfield was also the co-author of the 2004/2005 ITU publication "Trends in Telecommunication Reform."
Phone: 303- 492-6648 (CU) 303-449-1706 (Home)
Fax: 303-492-1112 (CU) 303-440-8664 (Home)
Office: WOLF 404
Office Hours: Appointments by request
Dan Hembree is currently a NOC Director at Comcast supporting the Converged Regional Access and Backbone Network. This position involves supporting the IP network that carries the Comcast Internet and Digital Voice services.
Dan’s research interests encompass Network Performance/Analysis and using metrics to drive business and service improvements relating to latency, jitter and packet loss. Dan also has a keen interest in Network Security research, particularly as it relates to security vulnerabilities with cloud computing, as well as various social engineering security issues.
Dan currently holds the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification.
TLEN 5832 Network Performance and Analysis
Office Hours: by Appointment Only
Dr. Federico Kuhlmann is a full Professor and the Head of Digital Systems Department at the Instituto Technológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where for the last 15 years he was also the Dean of the Telematics Engineering Program. He has held teaching and research positions at the Engineering Graduate School at UNAM (the National University of Mexico), and the Electrical Research Institute (in Mexico), has been a visiting scholar at WIK (Telecommunications Research Institute in Germany), T-Labs (the strategic research laboratories of Deutsche Telekom in Berlin) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also delivered conferences in many universities in Mexico and abroad. He has supervised over 40 theses, and has published over 70 technical papers and conference proceedings, 2 books and several book chapters, all in telecommunications.
His areas of interest are telecommunications technology and trends, interconnention economics, regulation, strategy and policy design, and technology forecasting. In addition to his academic duties, he has been very active in consulting projects where he has worked on a great variety of technological projects: The Communications Ministry in Mexico, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribean, Telefonica Moviles, the Latin American Institute for Communications in Education (ILCE), the Competitive Studies Center at ITAM, and many private organizations belong to the list of institutions for which he has recently worked.
Dr. Jim Lansford is a Fellow in the Global Standards Group at Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR), responsible for Wi-Fi standards and strategy. He has over 30 years of experience in communications systems, digital signal processing, and strategic business development. He has been Chief Technology Officer of three wireless startups (Momentum Microsystems, Mobilian, and Alereon) and has held senior technical positions at Harris and Intel Corporation. He was formerly the co-chair of 802.15.3a (high speed UWB) as well as former chair of 802.19 (Coexistence) within IEEE 802, and was also a vice-chair of IEEE 802.15.2. He is currently vice-chair of IEEE 802.11 Wireless Next Generation Standing Committee and vice-chair of both the Long Range Strategy and the Wi-Fi SensorNet groups in the Wi-Fi Alliance.
In addition to his experience with CSR and three previous startups, Dr. Lansford has served on the teaching and/or research faculty of Georgia Tech, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Oklahoma State University, and was a Visiting Associate Professor at Texas State University. Dr. Lansford is an ABET Program Evaluator, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and has a Wireless Communications Engineering Technology (WCET) certification.
Office: ECOT 341
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 2:30-4:30. Other times by appointment
Diana Moss is Vice President of the American Antitrust Institute (AAI). An economist, Dr. Moss has managed projects for AAI involving antitrust and M&A, regulatory reform, network access, and systems competition across a wide range of industries, including: electricity, petroleum, airlines, agriculture, cruise lines, sports, tobacco, internet, and white goods. Before joining AAI in 2001, Dr. Moss was a Senior Economist and coordinated competition analysis for electricity mergers at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. From 1989 to 1994, she consulted in the areas of regulation and antitrust at the National Economic Research Associates and Putnam Hayes and Bartlett. Dr. Moss has published articles in a number of academic journals, including the: American Economic Review, World Bank Economic Review, Antitrust Bulletin, and Energy Law Journal. She has also published in the Electricity Journal, Legal Times, and The Deal and is editor of Network Access, Regulation and Antitrust. Dr. Moss is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Economics and was formerly Affiliated Faculty at the Graduate Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University. She is a frequent speaker at industry and economic conferences on competition policy and has testified before Congress and state and federal regulatory agencies.
MA, University of Denver
PhD, Colorado School of Mines
Richie Moutoux is currently the President of Ethos Distributed Energy, which installs and maintains distributed renewable energy systems for residential and small commercial customers. Prior to this Richie was a Senior Engineer at Entegrity Wind Systems, a manufacturer of wind turbines for commercial distributed and remote generation. While completing his MS in Electrical Engineering, his research focused on energy storage and integration of intermittent renewable energy resources into the power grid. His expertise includes power engineering, wind and solar energy, grid integration, and energy storage. Richie has several years of management consulting experience.
Office hours: By Appointment only
Ray W. Nettleton has been a leader in the Telecommunications Industry for over 30 years, during which time he has served as an engineer, manager, consultant, entrepreneur, corporate officer and educator.
Dr. Nettleton received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1978. His thesis, on using CDMA techniques for cellular telephone systems, was controversial at the time, but has now won worldwide acceptance with the advent of third-generation cellular systems (3G). He was granted the first two patents on the technique.
Dr. Nettleton has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics, probability theory and electrical engineering full-time at Michigan State University and part-time at the University of Maryland, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. He is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and symposia, and has published some 80 papers and presentations.
Dr. Nettleton's career has also encompassed work for the US Armed Forces on marine and airborne radio and satellite communication systems and for NASA on scientific satellite systems. He has advised the FCC and many regulators worldwide on matters pertaining to spectrum allocation. He came to Colorado in 1991 to direct the wireless R&D efforts at US West Advanced Technologies, building the PCS National Test bed in Boulder. He has worked with many graduates of CU's Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Department. Most recently he was a co-founder of Formus Communications, a broadband fixed wireless loop company operating in Europe and Latin America.
Dr. Nettleton is a consultant providing technical expertise and strategic advice to industry. He has also provided expert testimony in patent litigation cases and in public hearings before regulators.
Paul Ohm is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School. He writes in the areas of information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. Through his scholarship and outreach, Professor Ohm is leading efforts to build new interdisciplinary bridges between law and computer science.
Before joining the University of Colorado, in 2006, Professor Ohm worked for the U.S. Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as an Honors Program trial attorney. Before that, he served as law clerk to Judge Betty Fletcher of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He attended the UCLA Law School where he served as Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review and received the Benjamin Aaron and Judge Jerry Pacht prizes.
Prior to law school, Professor Ohm worked for several years as a computer programmer and network systems administrator, and before that he earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Yale University. Even today, he continues to write thousands of lines of python and perl code each year. Professor Ohm blogs at Freedom to Tinker and has guest blogged at Concurring Opinions and The Volokh Conspiracy.
Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of Anonymization, 57 UCLA Law Review ____ (forthcoming 2010).
Invited Contribution to Texas Law Review Symposium, 87 Texas Law Review ____ (forthcoming 2010).
Probably Probable Cause: The Irrelevance of Justification Standards Online, 93 Minnesota Law Review ____ (forthcoming 2010).
Book Review, Dr. Generative or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the iPhone, 69 Maryland Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2010) (with James Grimmelmann) (reviewing Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It (2008)).
When Net Neutrality Met Privacy, 52 Communications of the ACM ____ (forthcoming 2010).
The Rise and Fall of Invasive ISP Surveillance, 2009 University of Illinois Law Review ____ (forthcoming 2009).
Computer Programming and the Law: A New Research Agenda, 54 Villanova Law Review 117 (2009).
Good Enough Privacy, 2008 University of Chicago Legal Forum 1.
The Myth of the Superuser: Fear, Risk, and Harm Online 41 U.C. Davis Law Review 1327 (2008).
The Olmsteadian Seizure Clause, 2008 Stanford Technology Law Review 2.
Professor Ohm writes at the intersection of computer science and law, attempting to bridge the two disciplines with rigor.
Current projects include:
Law and Information Society Faculty Workshop Series, Center on Law and Information Policy Fordham University Law School, January 22, 2010
Symposium on Technology, Privacy, Law Enforcement, and Intelligence, Texas Law Review, February 5-7, 2010
Professor Ohm has taught courses in Criminal Procedure, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Copyright, Information Privacy, and Computer Crime. In spring 2010, he is teaching Copyright and Quantitative Methods.
JD, UCLA School of Law 1999
BS Computer Science
BA Electrical Engineering, Yale University, 1994
433 Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO 80309-0401
Preston Padden had a 38 year career in the media business holding the following positions: Assistant General Counsel, Metromedia; President, The Association of Independent Television Stations; President, Network Distribution, Fox Broadcasting Company; Chairman and CEO, American Sky Broadcasting (merged into Dish Network); President, ABC Television Network; and Executive Vice-President, Government Relations, The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Padden served on the Boards of The National Association of Broadcasters and The Motion Picture Association of America. Mr. Padden is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law and University’s Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (a joint venture of the Law School and the Graduate School of Engineering). Mr. Padden also serves as a Senior Fellow and Board Member at the University’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship.
Office: WOLF 1B41
Silicon Flatirons Center
University of Colorado Boulder
401 UCB, Wolf Law Building, Office 1B41
Boulder, CO 80309
Office Hours: Appointments by request
Dr. David Reed is currently a Scholar in Residence in the Interdisciplinary Telecom Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Dr. Reed was a senior executive at Cable Television Laboratories. As CableLabs’ Chief Strategy Officer, he led large R&D projects covering a wide range of technologies relevant to the cable industry such as application platforms, business services, voice-over-IP, and broadband delivery systems. Dr. Reed also has been a Telecommunications Policy Analyst in the Office of Plans and Policy at the Federal Communications Commission where he worked on cable-telco competition, personal communications services (PCS), and spectrum auction policies.
Dr. Reed has authored a book on residential fiber optic networks, and is a widely published author in telecommunications journals, books, and magazines. He has been a contributor of interdisciplinary analyses that played key roles in defining U.S. policy debates on PCS spectrum allocation and local access competition.
TLEN 5210 Principles of Telecommunication Policy
Patrick S. Ryan practices technology law and international law, with a special focus on the open Internet and telecommunications policy issues. Since 2004, Patrick was a scholar-in-residence and has held various academic appointments at CU Boulder, taught courses at CU Law, and served as ITP's Faculty Director (from 2005 to 2008). Previously, Patrick was the Vice President of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs for NextG Networks, Inc.; the owner of PSR Law Firm, LLC; lecturer and researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Law & Information Technology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Director of Network Implementation for Broadnet Europe, SPRL (a former subsidiary of Comcast); Director at Tetra Tech Communications and Founder and Managing Director of Tetra Tech's German subsidiary. In these roles Patrick supervised the deployment of several wireless networks in Canada, Brazil, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA. He wrote his PhD dissertation on spectrum management and has special interests in hacker ethics, utility regulation, and net neutrality issues.
Jose Santos has been the Lab Manager for the Telecommunications Program for the last 2 years, supporting and maintaining the training facilities for students in addition to pursuing corporate support and sponsorship to keep this facility in concurrence with the latest network technologies. He is also a Professional Research Assistant with published work on the effectiveness of networking laboratory training for distance students. He has also worked as Research and Teaching Assistant for classes related to IP Routing Protocols, Telecom Programming and Network Security with most responsibilities on the research and development of networking training resources. He has been actively participating as a guest speaker in various courses on VoIP and IP Networking and has been mentoring student research in ITP for the last 2 years.
His current research is centric to media streaming technologies for distance education as well as for development of remote lab capabilities. He is also a Certified Cisco Network Professional and an instructor of related coursework in the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies at CU-Boulder.
Office: ITP LAB
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00 pm or by appointment
Scott teaches microeconomics and telecom economics. His research interests include empirical aspects of industrial organization, network economics, and applied econometrics. He is currently studying: political determinants of pricing in partially deregulated markets; entry, competition and pricing in cable TV markets; the effect of telecom liberalization and network externalities on economic growth; and consumer preferences for broadband.
Office: ECOT 253
Office: Located in Econ 11
Dr. Schwengler is principal architect and chief wireless architect at CenturyLink, where he researches and analyses a broad range of wireless systems and services. He held positions as director of RF engineering at Qwest wireless, senior staff engineer at U S WEST Advanced Technologies, and research engineer at France Telecom R&D.
His areas of work are RF engineering applied to wireless voice and broadband communications. Current areas of interest include propagation and performance modeling and measurements, lab and field trials, especially focus on Wi-Fi and LTE.
MS & PhD Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
Diplôme d'Ingénieur, Ecolé Superieure d'Electricité (Supélec), Paris, France
TLEN 5510 Wireless and Cellular Communications
Can serve as Chair or Member of Master's Thesis Committees
Office: 700 W. Mineral Ave., Littleton, CO 80120
Office Hours: by appointment
Douglas Sicker recently served as NTIA’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Advisor for Spectrum. He also holds the Denver Business Challenge Endowed Chair and is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a joint appointment in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. Before joining NTIA, he was the Federal Communications Commission’s Chief Technology Officer. Previously, he served as a senior advisor on the FCC National Broadband Plan and, before that, as Director of Global Architecture at Level 3 Communications, Inc. Earlier still, Dr. Sicker served as Chief of the FCC’s Network Technology Division. After leaving the FCC, he served as Chair of the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council steering committee, an FCC federal advisory committee that focuses on network reliability, wireline spectral integrity and Internet peering and interconnection. He also served on the Technical Advisory Council of the FCC. In addition, he has also held faculty and industry positions in the field of medical sciences. Dr. Sicker is a senior member of the IEEE, as well as a member of the ACM and the Internet Society. He has chaired and served on the program committees of numerous technical conferences including IEEE, DySPAN, ISART and TPRC. His research interests include network and wireless systems, network security, and telecommunications policy.