Jerry Park, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected to a three-year term serving as an academia representative on the Executive Committee of the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC).
The NSC is a non-profit organization formed in 2014, whose mission is to improve collaboration between industry, government, and academia to advance research and development of technologies to better use the electromagnetic spectrum. The Executive Committee is the NSC leadership and governance body authorized to oversee the activities of the Consortium.
New wireless technologies and applications have skyrocketed the demand for spectrum, which is a finite natural resource. The ability to efficiently manage that resource is critical to the national economy and the military’s ability to secure wireless communications. The NSC has signed a $1.25 billion, five-year contract with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Emerging Capabilities and Prototyping Office, to develop a research and development program designed to maximize utilization of the spectrum by broadening the commercial use of available spectrum while protecting the U.S. military’s access to select radio frequencies.
As an Executive Committee member of the NSC, Park will work with the other members of the committee to develop policy to govern the development of research and business opportunities that will meet the Consortium’s goal. Over $500 million dollars will be available to help Consortium members finance and advance the research and development, and transfer the resulting technology to the marketplace.
Jerry Park is the associate director for affiliate relations of Wireless @ Virginia Tech, a research group within the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, dedicated to the development of wireless technology, as well as the site director of the Broadband Wireless Access and Applications Center (BWAC), an NSF-funded Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I-UCRC) whose primary mission is to advance research collaboration between researchers in academia and industry partners and promote the transfer of technology from universities to the industry.