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Career Opportunities in Radio Spectrum Innovation at Olin College of Engineering

December 6, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

On TJ. Nicholas Lanemanuesday, December 6, at noon, SpectrumX Center Director Nick Laneman will give a presentation at the Olin College of Engineering Norden Auditorium entitled “Career Opportunities in Radio Spectrum Innovation.”

Students are invited to attend and learn about what they may pursue next in the radio spectrum field, and how they may become involved with SpectrumX, an NSF Spectrum Innovation Center.

Norden Auditorium is located on the first floor of Milas Hall.

Abstract: Many industries are expanding their use of wireless technologies, with futuristic applications, ever more connected people and things, utilizing wider bandwidths and higher frequencies, and putting tremendous pressure on access to radio spectrum. Because the radio spectrum is regulated by government organizations at the national and international levels, developing technology and policy innovations to benefit society requires collaboration and interdisciplinary work among business and government leaders, engineers and scientists, economists, lawyers, regulators, and policymakers.

In this talk, we will view radio spectrum innovation as a field of its own and motivate career development in this field. First, we will characterize the vibrant spectrum ecosystem in the United States, which includes numerous companies and industry associations, most federal agencies, key national and international regulators, and leading centers and institutes in academia. Second, we will highlight some of the pressing challenges being faced by this ecosystem, in particular issues like fully enabling 5G and beyond, imposing receiver standards, combining terrestrial and satellite networks, and spectrum sharing. Finally, we will overview SpectrumX – an NSF Spectrum Innovation Center, as the world’s largest academic hub within the spectrum ecosystem for advancing interdisciplinary research, education and workforce development, collaboration, and policy outreach.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Nick Laneman is Director of SpectrumX – An NSF Spectrum Innovation Center, Founding Director and currently Co-Director of the Wireless Institute in the College of Engineering, and Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He joined the faculty in August 2002 shortly after earning a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research and teaching interests are in wireless system design, radio spectrum access, technology standards and intellectual property, and regulatory policy. Laneman is an IEEE Fellow, has received the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, the Presidential Early-Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the NSF CAREER Award, and has been recognized twice by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. He is author or co-author on over 145 publications and is co-inventor on 8 U.S. patents.


December 6, 2022
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm


Olin College of Engineering, Norden Auditorium