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Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences 2006 - Paul R. Hartmann

"For sustained and exemplary service in organizing, managing and maintaining IEEE Communications Society flagship conferences."

Paul is Vice President, Engineering for RF SAW, Inc. in Richardson, Texas.  His responsibilities include system design and product development for a new class of RFID products using Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology.  Prior to joining RF SAW, Hartmann spent 13 years as the founding Vice President of Engineering and CTO of Applied Digital Access.  He built the technical team and established the architecture of a family of products that are widely used throughout the public telecommunications network.  His direct technical contributions included fifteen patents and other major contributions to the intellectual property of the company.  Before joining Applied Digital Access, Hartmann served in a number of increasingly responsible roles at Collins Radio/Rockwell International in Richardson, Texas.  During his 25 years at Collins/Rockwell, he served as the Director of Advanced Technology for the Telecom divisions in Richardson.  He was also responsible for the design of long-haul analog microwave communications equipment.  In the mid 1970s, he led the design team that developed the first successful 90Mb/s digital microwave radio system deployed in the United States.

Hartmann is a Senior Member of the IEEE and served on the Board of Governors of the Communications Society from 1998 to 2000.  He is the General Vice Chair of the IEEE International Conference on RFID 2007.  He was the Technical Program Chair of IEEE Globecom ’89, and is the Vice Chair of the Globecom/ICC Technical Committee (GITC) and a long time member of Globecom/ICC Conference Committee.  He has served as a guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and has authored numerous technical papers and magazine articles in IEEE and trade publications.

Hartmann holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Management and Administrative Science from the University of Texas at Dallas.