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Wireless@VT Special Event: A Perspective on the Wireless Industry

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM on Friday, April 25, 2014
Location: Randolph 129

Ed Tiedemann, senior vice president of engineering at Qualcomm, will offer some perspectives on the wireless industry.


In 1988 Ed Tiedemann seized a chance. He joined a fledgling communications technology company of about 160 people. Today, Tiedemann serves as a senior vice president of engineering, and leads the organization’s worldwide standardization activities. His name appears on some 200 patents. And the number 160 has changed to some 26,000. Qualcomm boasts revenues of almost $25 billion annually.

Tiedemann was instrumental in the design and development of the cellular CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) system called cdmaOne™. CDMA allows multiple users on the same communication channel, separating them by different spreading codes. Tiedemann also led QUALCOMM’s and much of the industry’s efforts in the design and development of the third generation cdma2000® system. He was influential in getting QUALCOMM involved with Wideband CDMA and in embedded modules. Both cdma2000® and WCDMA are the standards used in third generation (3G) mobile telecommunications networks.

Tiedemann recently served on one of the first panels to discuss 5G, the next phase of mobile telecommunications standards. He is also working on QUALCOMM’s role in the next generation of WiFi, wireless charging capabilities, and automobile communications, such as the European eCall system. And he sits on the board of the Open Mobile Alliance, the wireless industry’s focal point for the development of mobile service enabler specifications helping to achieve seamless operations across international borders.

At Virginia Tech, Tiedemann spent four years on the College of Engineering Advisory Board, serving as its chair in 2004-06, when the College of Engineering led the creation of the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. He is also a past member of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board at Virginia Tech, and is a current member of Purdue University’s ECE Advisory Board.

This month Tiedemann will be inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. In 2010 he received Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Distinguished Service Award, and at Purdue he received its Distinguished Engineering Alumnus award and its Outstanding ECE award. In 2009, he received the Global IT Innovator and Leadership Award from Yonsei University in Korea.

Tiedemann is the general chair of GLOBECOM 2015, an IEEE flagship conference.

Tiedemann earned his Ph.D. degree in 1987 from MIT where he worked in the areas of queuing theory and communications networks. Purdue University awarded him a master’s degree in 1977. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1975.