Taoglas announced that wireless and antenna industry veteran Jeff Shamblin has joined as vice president of engineering. Shamblin, who holds 77 issued patents related to antenna technology and communication systems, is tasked with driving Taoglas’ continued innovation and preparing for the next generation of communications technologies in the wireless, M2M, IoT and automotive markets.

Shamblin joins Taoglas from Ethertronics, where he spent 12 years in the roles of CTO and chief scientist and was responsible for R&D projects related to active antenna techniques directed towards commercial communication systems. He also spent five years in engineering roles at two RFID startups, SCS Corp. and Claridy Solutions, and 22 years working as a senior antenna engineer in aerospace for Lockheed Martin and Northrop designing antenna systems for aircraft, missile and ground station applications.

“The addition of Jeff to the Taoglas team will ensure we remain a leader in driving the next generation of high-quality antenna and RF solutions,” said Ronan Quinlan, joint-CEO at Taoglas. “Jeff’s particular technology expertise will help Taoglas continue to innovate in key areas critical to our customers’ success, including mmWave and sub-6 GHz configurations for 5G, innovative solutions for GNSS antennas as new bands such as L5 come into operation and new automotive-based communication and navigation systems.”

Shamblin holds a B.S. degree in physics from California State University-Northridge and has completed post-graduate studies in radar systems. Among his many accomplishments, he led a small R&D group to develop a band-switching antenna to cover wide LTE frequency bands for laptop applications, and also was part of a small team that developed the first beam-steering antenna system to a WiFi laptop.

“Taoglas has a strong reputation for quality and innovation in the antenna and RF industry. I’m excited to apply my expertise to help Taoglas continue to exceed customer expectations and keep ahead of the field in these quick-moving markets,” Shamblin said.