Instructor Biographies

Alan Bensky

Alan Bensky

MScEE, IEEE WCP, Electronics Engineering Consultant

Alan Bensky is an electronics engineering consultant with over 30 years of experience in analog and digital design, management, and marketing. Specializing in wireless circuits and systems, Alan has carried out projects for varied military and consumer applications and led the development of three patents on wireless distance measurement. Alan has taught electrical engineering courses and lectures on radio engineering topics and is the author of two books: Short-range Wireless Communication, Second Edition, published by Elsevier in 2004, and Wireless Positioning Technologies and Applications, Second Edition, Artech House, 2016. In addition, he is a contributing author to five other books dealing with wireless communication. Alan Bensky holds degrees of B.E.E and B.A. from Union College, Schenectady, New York, and M.Sc.E.E. from the Technion in Haifa, Israel. He is a senior member of IEEE and an IEEE certified Wireless Communications Professional.


Stephen F. Bush

Stephen F. Bush

Senior Scientist, Chair of IEEE P1913

 Stephen F. Bush is a Senior Scientist in the Connectivity Lab at the General Electric Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY. Before joining GE Global Research, he was a Researcher at the Information and Telecommunications Technologies Center (ITTC), University of Kansas. He has been the Principal Investigator for many DARPA and Lockheed Martin sponsored research projects including: Active Networking (DARPA/ITO), Information Assurance and Survivability Engineering Tools (DARPA/ISO), Fault Tolerant Networking (DARPA/ATO), and most recently, Connectionless Networks (DARPA/ATO), an energy aware sensor network project. He received a Gold Cup Trophy Award from DARPA for fault tolerant networking.

He is author of Smart Grid: Communication-Enabled Intelligence for the Electric Power Grid, Nanoscale Communication Networks, and Active Networks and Active Network Management: A Proactive Management Framework and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

He has taught Quantum Computation and Communication at RPI and Computer Communications at the State University of New York at Albany.

Steve is Chair of IEEE P1913 - Software-Defined Quantum Communication and IEEE 1906.1-2015 - IEEE Recommended Practice for Nanoscale and Molecular Communication Framework. He is also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for Smart Grid and Nanoscale Communication Networks. Dr. Bush is the past chair of the IEEE Emerging Technical Subcommittee on Nanoscale, Molecular, and Quantum Networking. He is also on the steering committee for the IEEE Smart Grid Vision Project.

Stephen F Bush received the B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, the M.S. degree in computer science from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.


Bruce R. Elbert

Bruce R. Elbert

BEE, MSEE, MBA, President, Application Technology Strategy, LLC

Bruce R. Elbert is president of his own satellite technology consulting firm, Application Technology Strategy, L.L.C., Austin, Texas; and Adjunct Professor (ret), College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mr. Elbert is a recognized radio engineer and satellite communications expert, and has been involved in the satellite and telecommunications industries for over 40 years. His consulting practice has assisted major organizations, both public and private, in the selection of the best space and ground resources, and the optimization of elements of the system at the user and provider ends. During 25 years with Hughes Electronics (in divisions now part of Boeing Satellite Systems, Intelsat and DIRECTV), he directed communications engineering of several major satellite projects, including Palapa A, Indonesia's original satellite system; the Galaxy follow-on system; direct-to-home-satellite broadcasting satellites at Ku and Ka bands, and the development of the first GEO mobile satellite system capable of serving handheld user terminals. Mr. Elbert also worked as a communications engineer for the INTELSAT system, contributing to the early development of Ka-band satellite-switched multi-beam systems and mobile satellite service to ships and aircraft. He was a radio officer in the U.S. Army and taught microwave and VHF radio at the Signal School. He has written eight books on telecommunications and IT.


Javan Erfanian

Javan Erfanian

Distinguished Lecturer - IEEE ComSoc, IEEE WCP

Javan Erfanian has been an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for years, an editor and author for the Wireless Engineering Book of Knowledge, and a member of IEEE WCET (Wireless Communications Engineering Technologies) Industry Advisory Board. He has about 20 years of experience in telecommunications research, lectures, and practice. He has taught many academic and industry courses and programs, particularly on Communications and Wireless Systems. In his IEEE involvement, Javan was also Chair of Communications Society in Toronto, and the Canadian correspondent for Communications Magazine in late 90s. He received the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000. His earlier publications are cited in research journals and textbooks. Javan has extensive experience in wireless industry. His recent contributions to research forums & standards bodies have focused on future wireless technologies from service environment and user interaction to next-generations of technologies, networks and operational excellence.


Gerhard Fettweis

Gerhard Fettweis

Professor, TU Dresden; Coordinator 5G lab Germany

Gerhard P. Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr's supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates the 5G Lab Germany, and 2 German Science Foundation (DFG) centers at TU Dresden, namely cfaed and HAEC.

Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the German Academy of Engineering (acatech), and received multiple IEEE recognitions as well has the VDE ring of honor. In Dresden his team has spun-out sixteen start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He co-chairs the IEEE 5G Initiative, and has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of ICC 2009 and of TTM 2012, and as General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014.


Frank Fitzek

Frank Fitzek

Professor, TU Dresden; Coordinator 5G lab Germany

Frank H. P. Fitzek is a Professor and chair of the Deutsche Telekom chair of communication networks group at Technische Universität Dresden coordinating the 5G Lab Germany.

He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology - Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) - Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy in the same year. In 2003 he joined Aalborg University as Associate Professor and later became Professor.

He co-founded several start-up companies starting with acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona State University. In 2005 he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award several times in a row from 2007 to 2011. In 2008 he was awarded the Nokia Achievement Award for his work on cooperative networks. In 2011 he received the SAPERE AUDE research grant from the Danish government and in 2012 he received the Vodafone Innovation price. In 2015 he was awarded the honorary degree "Doctor Honoris Causa" from Budapest University of Technology and Economy (BUTE).

His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and mobile 5G communication networks, mobile phone programming, network coding, cross layer as well as energy efficient protocol design and cooperative networking.


Fabrizio Granelli

Fabrizio Granelli

Ph.D., Associate Professor

Fabrizio Granelli is Associate Professor and Delegate for Education at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento (Italy).
He received the «Laurea» (M.Sc.) degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 1997, with a thesis on video coding, awarded with the TELECOM Italy prize, and the Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the same university, in 2001. Since 2000 he is carrying on his research and didactical activities (currently Associate Professor in Telecommunications) at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science – University of Trento (Italy) and coordinator of the Networking Laboratory. Between 2004 and 2015 for a total of six months, he was visiting professor at the State University of Campinas (Brasil). In 2016, he was visiting professor at the University of Tokyo (Japan).  He was IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for the period 2012-15 (2 terms).

He is author or co-author of more than 170 papers published in international journals, books and conferences, focused on networking, with particular reference to network performance modeling, cross-layering, wireless networks, cognitive radios and networks, green networking and smart grid communications.

Prof. Granelli is guest-editor of ACM Journal on Mobile Networks and Applications, special issues on “WLAN Optimization at the MAC and Network Levels” and “Ultra-Wide Band for Sensor Networks”, and Co-Chair of 10th and 13th IEEE Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling, Analysis, and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD’04). Dr. Granelli is General Vice-Chair of the First International Conference on Wireless Internet (WICON’05) and General Chair of the 11th, 15th and 18th IEEE Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling, Analysis, and Design of Communication Links and Networks (IEEE CAMAD ’06 - ’10 - ’13). He is TPC Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2007-2009 and 2012 Symposia on “Communications QoS, Reliability and Performance Modeling” an TPC Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2014 Symposium on “Selected Areas in Communications – Green Communications Track”.
Prof. Granelli is the Chair of the IEEE Standardization Research Group on “Software Defined and Virtualized Wireless Access”. He was voting member and contributor of IEEE SCC41 for standards IEEE P1900.1 and IEEE P1900.2.
He was officer (Secretary 2005-2006, Vice-Chair 2007-2008, Chair 2009-2010) of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communication Systems Integration and Modeling (CSIM) and he is currently Secretary of IEEE ComSoc TC on Transmission, Access and Optical Systems.

He is Senior Member of IEEE and Associate Editor of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE JSAC Green Communications and Networks Series and International Journal on Communication Systems.
 


Jonathan Levine

Jonathan Levine

Director of Engineering, Mobilitie LLC, IEEE WCP

Jonathan Levine currently holds the position of Director of Engineering for Mobilitie LLC based out of Chicago, IL. In his current role he is responsible for leading engineering design and driving the technical deployment process for wireless network evolution. His particular focus is on high density 4G/5G network deployment and next generation form-factor innovation. Prior to his current role, he spent over 10 years with U.S. Cellular. His latest role there was Member of Technical Staff for U.S. Cellular's Technology Development Group where he was responsible for the evolutionary architecture and functionality of the Radio Access Network (RAN). The RAN consists LTE, EVDO, GSM, and CDMA technologies based on both the 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards groups. Before that, he served in the USAF as a member of the 264th Combat Communications Squadron from 1999-2005. His commercial wireless engineering career began in 2005 after completion of his BSEE from Northern Illinois University. Jonathan also holds a MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology (2008) and is an IEEE WCP.


Theodore S. Rappaport

Theodore S. Rappaport

Director, NYU Wireless, IEEE WCP

Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and is a professor of computer science at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He is also a professor of radiology at the NYU School of Medicine. Rappaport is the founding director of NYU WIRELESS, one of the world’s first academic research centers to combine engineering, computer science, and medicine. Earlier, he founded two of the world’s largest academic wireless research centers: The Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, and the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), now known as Wireless@ at Virginia Tech, in 1990. Rappaport received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and is an Outstanding Alumni of his alma mater.


Lee Vishloff

Lee Vishloff

PEng, IEEE WCP

Mr. Vishloff is the principal engineer in a wireless consultancy focused on cellular-based M2M solutions and short-range wireless products. He has over 30 years of experience in wireless systems and product design. During his career he has designed a wide range of wireless products including satellite systems, terrestrial radio systems, rural communications, aeronautical and others. Lee brings a wide range of practical experience with hands-on and management experience in wireless telecommunication systems, modem, RF, analog, digital, embedded firmware and mechanical design technologies. He has spent the majority of his career working with equipment manufacturers with stints in the semiconductor and consulting businesses. He has served on numerous joint industry-academic committees during his career, strengthening the link between academic research and practical industry needs. Lee has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and completed his management education at Simon Fraser University and the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute.


Daniel Wong

Daniel Wong

President, Daniel Wireless LLC, IEEE WCP

K. Daniel Wong is President of Daniel Wireless LLC, a California-registered company that provides consulting and training in wireless, networking and software. He has over 20 years experience in wireless communications, both in industry and academia. Daniel is also an experienced speaker and teacher, having taught many highly-rated university level courses, industry short courses and tutorials at conferences, to a wide range of students from industry, government and academia. He is a member of the Practice Analysis Task Force that helped create IEEE's WCET certification program, and a co-author and co-editor of "A Guide to the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge" (WEBOK). Daniel is also the author of "Wireless Internet Telecommunications" (Artech House, 2004) and "Fundamentals of Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies" (Wiley, 2012). Daniel graduated with a BSE (with Highest Honors) from Princeton University, and an MSc. and Ph.D from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering.