|Providing Broadband Wireless and Machine to Machine Solutions Using Whitespaces and Spectrum Sharing
Officers and Staff
||Dr. Apurva N. Mody, Chairman and President
Dr. Apurva N. Mody (apurva.mody@WhiteSpaceAlliance.org) is the Founding Chairman of the Whitespace Alliance.
As the Chairman of the WSA, Dr. Mody is responsible for the Vision, Direction and Execution of the various
activities that WSA undertakes. These include technical, standardization (e. g. Wi-FAR™, WSAConnect™),
regulatory outreach, market and business development, and overall growth of the WSA. Dr. Mody is the Vice Chair of the
United States National Spectrum Consortium. He is also the Chairman
of IEEE 802.22 Working Group (WG) on Wireless Regional Area Networks (www.ieee802.org/22).
The IEEE 802.22 (Wi-FAR™) technologies adopted by the WSA is designed to provide cost-effective broadband
internet access in rural areas and developing countries which includes smart grid and Internet of Things
(IoT) applications. Under Dr. Mody s leadership, the IEEE 802.22 WG is the recipient of the IEEE SA
Emerging Technology Award. Dr. Mody received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of
Technology. He is a world recognized expert on Spectrum Sharing, Dynamic Spectrum Access and WhiteSpace
Communications. Dr. Mody has been a key contributor to many pioneering technologies and invited speaker at
Government and Commercial events including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the
United Nations (UN). Dr. Mody has published more than 50 conference, journal publications, book chapters and
is an author of more than 15 US and international patents. Dr. Mody is the Senior Member of the IEEE,
President’ s Fellow while at Georgia Tech, Member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu Honor Societies.
Dr. Mody is leading the Spectrum Sharing Group within BAE Systems.
Contact, apurva.mody@WhiteSpaceAlliance.org, +1-404-819-0314
||Sneha Narnkaje, Vice Chair, Vice President and Treasurer
Sneha Narnakaje is a Product Manager in the Communication Infrastructure group for Texas Instruments.
She is responsible for the communication SoCs product line into public safety & tactical communications,
wireless backhaul & TV White Space (TVWS) wireless broadband, test & measurements and aerospace,
defense & space markets. Her duties include revenue growth, marketing strategy, pricing, roadmap
development and product launch. Ms. Narnakaje is leading the marketing and business development
efforts in TVWS wireless broadband market. She is promoting TI wireless solutions into the TVWS
market which will provide broadband wireless services in rural and remote environments. Sneha
joined TI in 2004 and held different positions in the software development organization, including
leading and managing cross functional technical teams. Ms. Narnakaje earned her MBA from Smith School
of Business, University of Maryland and BS in Computer Engineering from Mangalore University, India
||Dr. Hiroshi Harada, Vice Chair, Vice President
Dr. Hiroshi Harada is director of smart wireless laboratory at National Institute of Information.
He joined the Communications Research Laboratory, Ministry of Posts and Communications, in 1995
(currently NICT). Since 1995, he has researched Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio,
Dynamic Spectrum Access Network, Smart Utility Network (SUN) and broadband wireless access systems on the VHF,
TV white space, microwave and millimeter-wave band. He also has joined many standardization committees and forums
in United States as well as in Japan and has fulfilled important roles for them. He has served currently on the
board of directors of Wireless Innovation Forum (formerly SDR Forum), WhiteSpace Alliance, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
and Wi-SUN alliance. He is also the chair of IEEE Dyspan Standards Committee (formerly, IEEE SCC41 and IEEE 1900)
since 2009 and the vice chair of IEEE P1900.4, IEEE P802.15.4g, TIA TR-51, and IEEE P802.15.4m since 2008, 2009, 2011,
and 2011, respectively. He moreover was the chair of the IEICE Technical Committee on Software Radio (TCSR) in 2005-2007
and has been the chair of Public Broadband Mobile Communication Development Committee, ARIB since in 2010. He is also
involved in many other activities related to telecommunications. He has been a visiting professor of the University of
Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan, since 2005 and is the author of Simulation and Software Radio for Mobile
Communications (Artech House, 2002). He received the achievement award and fellow of IEICE in 2006 and 2009,
respectively and the achievement award of ARIB and Funai Prize for Science in 2009 and 2010, respectively, on the
topic of cognitive radio research and development.
||Ivan Reede, Secretary
Ivan is a professional engineer who graduated in from the Ecole Polytehcnique de Montreal,
a division of the Univeristy of Montreal with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with specialization
options in Quantum Mechanics and Electromagnetism. From 1976 to 1991, Ivan worked for firms in Military
and Civil Electronics, namely, Shefford Electroincs, Spar Aerospace, Novatel Corp, Mux Lab. In 1991, he
founded AmeriSys Inc where he has worked mainly on contract for various companies such as Cabletron Systems,
France Telecom, Nortel and Nordex/CDT and Texas Instruments. In the course of his work, he has been awarded
over 13 patents on novel technologies and solutions. Over the years, AmeriSys Inc. has become a specialist
and manufacturer of electronics goods in the field of governmental security electronics. As of 2007, Ivan
opened a new division of AmeriSys which operates a WISP, namely RuralConnection.ca. With a yearly
compounded growth exceeding 30% per year, AmeriSys is now working at building their own Wi-FAR™ radio
as well as a line of products targeted at the WISP community. Ivan is currently the president and CEO
of AmeriSys Inc. For approximately 20 years, Ivan has participated in IEEE802 starting from the 802.3
conversion from coax to 10BaseT, in 802.5 starting from the conversion of 802.5 from STP to UTP, as
founding member and lead editor of the 802.14, founding member of 802.15, participant in 802.18, 802.19
and founding member of 802.22.
||Jim Carlson, Regulatory Outreach
James Carlson is an engineer and hands-on CEO who has been in the business of rural wireless communications
since 1986. In recent months, he was among the key industry partners working directly with the FCC to free
up TV white space for the next generation of rural communication devices, the first of which is a software-defined
radio from Carlson Wireless Technologies. This radio, like the others that will evolve for this new spectrum,
is free from the constraints of line-of-sight positioning. Mr. Carlson looks forward to the opportunity to offer
practical insight about deploying this exciting new technology. Mr. Carlson’s background demonstrates his innovation
and commitment to remote connectivity. In 1990 he invented the Optaphone, a point-to-point UHF radio that delivered
quality wireless signals for standard telephone service to isolated areas. It succeeded so well in that, in only a
few years, thousands of units were in operation around the globe, from Peruvian jungle villages to Antarctic research stations.
In 1999, he founded Carlson Wireless Technologies to carry on developing rural wireless equipment for voice and data.
This work led to the development of radio products that now serve communities worldwide in a variety of mission-critical
sectors in industry and public safety, for fire and police work applications and other public functions. Mr. Carlson majored
in electrical engineering and computer science at Grand Rapids Community College in 1977 and received certification in
application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design from Oregon Center for Advanced Technology Education in 1996.
||Peter Flynn, External Affairs Director
Peter Flynn currently serves as the External Affairs Director for the WSA. He has over 20 years of
experience developing network solutions covering the spectrum of voice communications, core network
infrastructure, QOS validation systems and wireless infrastructure. Peter has worked for Texas Instruments
and also served in several technology roles including Director of R&D for a successful startup company,
Engineering Manager and System Architect for telecom test equipment manufacturers. Peter has a BS in
applied math, engineering and physics from the University of Wisconsin, a MS in applied physics from
Cleveland State University and a MS in telecommunications and computer systems from George Washington University.
||Marty Stern, Attorney to the WhiteSpace Alliance
Marty Stern is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of K&L Gates LLP, an international law
firm with nearly 2000 lawyers, and offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Marty
is co-chair of the firm’s Telecom, Media and Technology practice, and provides strategic, commercial,
and policy advice to telecommunications, information technology and media firms in the United States,
Asia and elsewhere in the world. He assists telecom and broadband providers on all aspects of network
build–out and operations, including in connection with the roll-out of next-generation networks
involving both wireless and wireline technologies. He also handles complex regulatory issues in
connection with mergers, acquisitions, financings and restructuring activities of telecom, broadband
and media companies, and represents these entities on policy and regulatory matters before the
Administration, Congress, and the FCC. Marty is the former deputy chief of the Competition Division
at the FCC, and served as a trial attorney in the Communications and Finance Section of the U.S.
Justice Departments Antitrust Division. He also produces and appears on Broadband US TV (www.broadbandustv.com),
an Internet TV channel covering the broadband industry sector. He received a BA and MBA from the University of
Rochester, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
||Dr. Bob Heile, Advisor to the WhiteSpace Alliance
In 1990, he was one of the founding members of 802.11 and continues in an active role today.
With GTE, Bob was responsible for wireless opportunity business development. Bob joined BBN
in early 1997, prior to its acquisition by GTE, with the mission of commercializing wireless
ad hoc networking and wireless PAN technologies. From 1990 to 1996, he was vice president of
engineering and business development for TyLink Corp, a bootstrap start-up in high-speed digital
access products and network and circuit management software, and was a co-founder of Windata, Inc.,
a developer and manufacturer of wireless LANs. From 1980-1990, Bob was with Codex, a subsidiary of
Motorola, where he was vice president/general manager of the company’s modem business. Bob holds a
Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and Master of Arts and doctorate degrees in physics from
The Johns Hopkins University.
||Bill Mello, Public Relations Manager to the WhiteSpace Alliance
Bill Mello is a marketing consultant to the technology industry with extensive experience directing
strategic and tactical marketing campaigns in large and small organizations. An award-winning
marketer at leading companies such as Intel, Bill has managed product marketing, partner marketing
and marketing communications teams to build awareness and increase revenue for emerging and
established businesses. Bill earned a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Rochester.