Qualcomm Executive to Speak About Cellular Communications at UMass Amherst

September 23, 2008

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AMHERST, Mass. – Roberto Padovani, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Qualcomm Incorporated, will speak on “Cellular Communication: What a Ride!” on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Marriott Center on the 11th floor of the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The talk by Padovani, who is a UMass Amherst alumnus, is the ninth annual Tang Lecture presented by the campus’ College of Engineering. A reception will take place after the talk at approximately 4 p.m.

At Qualcomm, he is responsible for the oversight of the company’s overall research and development efforts. Padovani holds more than 70 patents on wireless systems. In 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

He has published numerous technical papers in the digital communications field and was the co-recipient of the 1991 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Vehicular Technology Society Best Paper Award for a paper on cellular systems.

In addition, Padovani received the Innovators in Telecommunications award in 2004 from the San Diego Telecom Council, and the Executive of the Year award in 2006 from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Padovani received a laureate degree from the University of Padova, Italy, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from UMass Amherst, all in electrical and computer engineering. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow and an adjunct professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of California, San Diego.

The Shirley and Ting-wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series brings leaders of engineering-based companies to campus to interact with students and faculty and present a major talk. Shirley Tang is a retired academic advisor for the United Asia Learning Resource Center; Ting-wei Tang has been a professor in the electrical and computer engineering department for more than 30 years.

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