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ECE Centennial Celebration


ECE Centennial Forum:
"The Future of Information Systems & Communications"

Rajiv Laroia
CTO, Qualcomm Flarion Technologies


Dr. Rajiv Laroia received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1985. He then joined Siemens Research Labs in Munich, Germany. In 1992 he joined AT&T Bell Labs after obtaining a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park.

In 2000 he founded Flarion Technologies, a venture backed company to develop and commercialize a novel all-IP mobile wireless broadband technology. He served as the CTO of Flarion and in that role provided the vision and led the development of technology and products for the company. In 2006 Flarion was acquired by the wireless technology giant Qualcomm where he currently serves as Senior Vice President of Technology.

Dr. Laroia is one of the world’s leading researcher and innovator in the field of communication. He holds more than 50 patents and has more than 100 others pending.

His early research focused on wire-line communication. He has significant technology contributions to V.34 and V.90 International Standards for sending data over telephone lines. The technology he invented is used in virtually all dial-up modems in the world.

Since 1997 he has been working in the field of mobile wireless communication. The technology he and his team developed at Flarion is now incorporated in all three major next generation international wireless standards UMTS LTE, UMB and Wimax.

Dr. Laroia has won numerous industry awards. In 2006 he was inducted to the Innovation Hall of Fame at the University of Maryland. He is a fellow of the IEEE.

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