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Online Panel: Will Flat Panel Beamsteering Arrays Meet the SATCOM Challenge?


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3/16/22 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT

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Title: Online Panel: Will Flat Panel Beamsteering Arrays Meet the SATCOM Challenge?

Date: March 16, 2022

Time: 8am PT / 11am ET

Sponsored by: Anokiwave, Rohde & Schwarz, Ball Aerospace, CesiumAstro and MixComm

This panel will discuss the various RF architectures and antenna technologies being developed to produce low-cost beam steering arrays for SATCOM applications. Panelists will debate and discuss the best RF architectures and antenna solutions including performance achieved by their products and partners to date in the market.

Moderator: Eric Higham, Director of the Advanced Semiconductor Applications and the Advanced Defense Systems Services, Strategy Analytics
Panelist: Bill Nevius, VP/GM Aerospace & Defense, Anokiwave
Panelist: Dr. Yvonne Weitsch, Market Segment Manager Aerospace & Defense, Rohde & Schwarz
Panelist: Ryan Jennings, Senior Manager for SATCOM Strategy and Products, Ball Aerospace
Panelist: Erik Luther, VP of Product, CesiumAstro
Panelist: Harish Krishnaswamy, CTO & Co-founder, MixComm

Panel Participant Bios:

Moderator – Strategy Analytics

Eric Higham, Director of the Advanced Semiconductor Applications and the Advanced Defense Systems Services

Eric Higham is Director of the Advanced Semiconductor Applications and the Advanced Defense Systems Services at Strategy Analytics. He develops forecasts, insights and analysis to provide an understanding of the dynamics and trends for processes, materials and components in a variety of commercial and defense markets. He is an industry veteran with more than 42 years of semiconductor experience. Previously, he performed a variety of engineering, business development, marketing and management functions for M/A-COM, MicroDynamics and Raytheon. Eric holds an MSEE degree from Northeastern University and a BSEE degree from Cornell University.


Bill Nevius, VP/GM Aerospace & Defense

Bill Nevius is the VP/GM of the Aerospace & Defense portfolio for Anokiwave and is responsible for leading the business growth and execution of programs for A&D customers.

Prior to Anokiwave, Bill held positions within Ball Aerospace as Director C3I, Director Business Development, Advanced Systems Manager, and Program Manager. His efforts resulted in transition of key technologies to real capabilities for USG and Commercial customers, overseeing the growth of the Phased Array antenna business to $100M annual revenues.

Outside of Ball Aerospace, Bill held private industry executive level positions with P&L responsibilities as CRL Technologies VP Western Operations, LITMUS RAPID-B Chief Operating Officer, LITMUS Defense President/CEO, Wave Technologies Director Western Operations, AVTEC Systems Inc Director Western Operations.

His background includes 20 years as a Naval Aviator during which he served in operational flight squadrons, operational and developmental flight test, and acquisition professional with assignments in systems engineering and program management for tactical aircraft, weapons, and space systems.

Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (US Air Force Academy) and master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering (US Naval Postgraduate School). He graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School and Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). Bill holds an international patent on a sensor technology for biotechnology applications.

Rohde & Schwarz

Dr. Yvonne Weitsch, Market Segment Manager Aerospace & Defense

Yvonne Weitsch received her Dipl.-Ing. degree from the University of Stuttgart in 2005 and the Dr.-Ing. degree from the Technical University of Munich in 2011, both in electrical engineering. In 2011, she joined the antenna development department of Rohde & Schwarz in Munich.

Her fields of expertise are antenna development, antenna measurement techniques as well as near-field to far-field transformation techniques and echo suppression. In 2018 and 2019, she worked closely with the Technology Management team focusing on satellite communications. Since 2019, she has been market segment manager for the application segment satellite test in the market segment Aerospace and Defense.

Ball Aerospace

Ryan Jennings, Senior Manager for SATCOM Strategy and Products

Ryan Jennings is the senior manager for SATCOM strategy and products at Ball Aerospace. In this role, he is responsible for the business, market and product development of innovative electronically steered flat panel antennas and terminals for commercial and government markets, and is charged with developing key partnerships to deliver Ball solutions within multiple markets. Jennings’ SATCOM portfolio is focused on X, Ku and Ka band terminals for fixed, maritime, ground mobile and airborne applications to support LEO, MEO and GEO satellites.

Jennings has more than 25 years of experience leading missioncritical technology efforts for commercial, intelligence and defense customers. He has held various positions at Ball in the development of phased array antennas and terminals including RF designer, lead systems engineer, project manager, and business development and capture management lead. He holds several phased array-related patents.

Jennings received a B.S. degree in electrical, electronics and communications engineering from the University of Kentucky and an MBA with a focus in executive leadership from Regis University.


Erik Luther, VP of Product

Luther holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri. Luther serves as the VP of Product at CesiumAstro where he leads produt lifecyce management incluidng product strategy, roadmaps, and market introduciton for phased array paylods, software defined modules, and core IP.

Throughout Luther’s career, he has held positions across engineering, sales, marketing, and business development focused on bringing innovative new technologies to market at various midsize and startup companies. Prior to joining Cesium, Luther served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at X-Microwave through multiple years of exponential growth, focused on making modular RF and Microwave commonplace. Prior to that he served as Director of Program Management leading platform and innovation initiatives at Averna Technologies across wireless, automotive, and IoT business segments. He developed a passion for RF and communications systems over his 15 years at National Instruments where he served in many positions, most notably as the technical marketing and product management team lead for the Ettus Research software defined radio product line. Early in his career, Luther pioneered efforts to support universities with hands-on curriculum and textbooks, co-founding NTS Press, an independent textbook publishing arm of National Instruments. His entrepreneurial spirit and focus on disruptive innovation that solves real customer problems has been the core focus of his career.


Harish Krishnaswamy, CTO & Co-founder

Harish Krishnaswamy is the CTO and co-founder of MixComm based in New Jersey. He received the B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from IIT Madras, Chennai, India, in 2001, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, USA, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. In 2009, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, where was Director of the Columbia High-Speed and Millimeter-Wave IC Laboratory (CoSMIC). In 2017, he co-founded MixComm to commercialize CoSMIC Laboratory’s advanced wireless research.