The IEEE Kingston in collaboration with Queens University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is proud to sponsor the following seminar:
National and International Management of Radio Frequencies for Wireless Services
Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016.
Time: 3:00 – 4:00PM
Venue: Kinesiology, Room 101, Queen’s University (28 Division Street), Kingston, Ontario
Speaker: Dr. Veena Rawat, O.C.
Abstract: Wireless services have become an essential part of every citizen. These services use a natural, renewable resource called radio frequencies/spectrum. The radio frequency spectrum is a very precious resource which must be managed to ensure efficient and equitable access for the services which use it. There are several variables, political, socio-economics, technical among others, one must consider when managing the spectrum resource. The talk will cover what is involved in managing the spectrum at national and international levels, development of policies and regulations, using Canada, US and ITU, a UN Agency as examples.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Rawat is an internationally acclaimed expert in Radio Frequency Spectrum Planning and Management, currently working as a Communications Technologies Consultant, providing advisory services to a number of organizations and corporations nationally and internationally. In 2014 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “contributions to telecommunications engineering and for leadership in establishing the global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management.”
From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Rawat worked as Vice President and Ambassador to ITU for BlackBerry. During 2004-11, Dr. Rawat was President of Communications Research Centre, the only Canadian federal government research lab conducting R&D in all communications technologies. Before heading CRC, Dr. Rawat spent 28 years within the Canadian Government where she held executive positions managing programs related to radio frequency spectrum engineering for all wireless and space communication services.
She has been keynote and invited speaker, panelist and moderator for over 100 conferences and events dealing with technology trends, wireless technologies, radio spectrum matters, and Canadian S&T matters. She has served on the Board of numerous national and international professional organizations.
Dr. Rawat has had many “firsts” in her career, a trail blazer, starting from first female PhD ever in 1973 in Electrical Engineering from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, to being the first female (and first Canadian as well) ever to chair ITU’s highest level meeting WRC (World Radio Conference) in 2003 held in Geneva for which she was awarded ITU’s gold medal by the Secretary General. Other key awards include: IEEE for Public Service in Communications – 2012; from the Govt of Canada the highest Public Service Award of Excellence – 2011; From Canadian Women in Communications’ Canadian Woman of the Year – 2004; Canadian Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100 (2005).
This seminar is open to the general public with free admission.