IoT Webinar

The Internet of Things: Standards & Testing, MEMS & Sensors Webinar

Hosted by IEEE-SA and MEMS

17 February 2015 @ 11am EST

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Thank you for your interest in the IoT: Standards & Testing MEMS & Sensors Webinar, where you were able to gain an understanding of:

  • Why IoT, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Sensors need common specifications and standards
  • The role of interoperability and testing when it comes to IoT
  • What MEMS Industry Group (MIG) & IEEE-SA are doing to facilitate IoT connectedness

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Karen Lightman bio

Karen Lightman, Executive Director, MEMS Industry Group, became MEMS Industry Group (MIG) managing director in 2007 and promoted to Executive Director in 2013. Formerly director of special projects, Karen played a pivotal role in launching MIG in January 2001. Karen is active on the worldwide MEMS conference circuit as a keynote speaker and panelist promoting MIG’s role as the leading trade association advancing MEMS across global markets. Karen manages the operations of MIG; spearheads strategic growth; and oversees sales, public relations, marketing and outreach. Karen plays a critical role in creating the content for all MIG and MIG-partner conferences, events and programming. She is instrumental in establishing and maintaining partnerships with other international organizations to advance the MEMS industry.

Karen joined MIG from Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Economic Development where she was senior policy analyst. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, Karen was senior associate at Cleveland Tomorrow, a public-private partnership, and before that, she was a program associate with the Ford Foundation.

Karen has a BA from the University of Vermont (UVM) and a MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Karen is a board member and chair of the Board Development Committee of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh and in 2012 received the NCJW National Award for Emerging Leaders. Karen is secretary for her UVM alumni class; mentor at UVM’s Honors College; and volunteers at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park. Karen and her family reside in Pittsburgh, PA.

Charles Gritton bio

Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs, is responsible for all of Hillcrest Labs' technology development, including strategy, product architectures and research. His distinguished career includes more than 20 years of experience in signal processing, image processing, networking and videoconferencing in the telecommunications, wireless, cable, consumer electronics and personal computer markets. He has held senior management positions at some of the world's largest communications companies as well as emerging companies. Prior to joining Hillcrest, Chuck was CTO of Tellabs, Inc., following the acquisition of Coherent Communications, where he was CTO and vice president of engineering. Previously, Chuck was co-founder, president and CTO of Broadsword Technologies. He has held engineering management positions at AT&T Bell Labs and AT&T Network Systems. Chuck also spent ten years as head of one of the International Telecommunication Union's DSP working groups and has been an active standards participant throughout his career.

Chuck has designed or managed the creation of many signal processing ASICs, leading to the deployment of millions of devices. Chuck has also designed or managed the creation of numerous DSP-based communications systems including a video conferencing system that was deployed in the space shuttle.

Chuck holds dozens of domestic and foreign patents. He currently serves as an advisor for Colibria, a presence management company, and is a member of CTAM, SCTE, and IDIA. Chuck earned a bachelor's in electrical engineering with highest Distinction, a master's in electrical engineering, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.

Ken Foust bio

Ken Foust, Platform Manager, Intel Corporation, is a Sensor Technologist and Researcher at Intel Corporation, where he's active in sensor and sense making initiatives across Intel's product portfolio and R&D labs. In this capacity, he also works closely with the sensor industry and its consortiums, driving initiatives in sensor and I/O standardization. Mr. Foust was awarded the Best of Sensors Expo 2013 Engineer of the Year Award for his recent sensor industry efforts within the MEMS Industry Group. Before joining Intel, Ken held many positions, including Director of Product Engineering at Kionix, Inc. (Ithaca, NY), and started his career at IBM Microelectronics (Essex Junction, VT) as a Product Engineer. Ken received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Alfred University.

Ravi Subramaniam bio

Ravi Subramaniam is currently serving in the role of Technical Director, IEEE Conformity Fostering. In this role Ravi is responsible for establishing and supporting conformity assessment activities based on IEEE standards. Currently he is focused on developing multiple programs in telecommunications, power & energy, cybersecurity, and imaging and sensor technologies.

Prior to taking on this role, he served as Director, International and Smart Grid Operations at MET Laboratories where he has spent over 12 years. His background encompasses testing various products to multiple national and international standards, including NEBS requirements. He worked closely with all multinational clients, providing technical consultations and seminars covering product compliance and RFID. Ravi also served at General Manager for MET’s Asian Operations from 2006-2009 where he was responsible for setting up and managing MET's Asia branch in Shenzhen, China and other satellite offices in Seoul, Korea and Taipei, Taiwan. He has focused on expanding MET’s scope of business into Photovoltaic, RFID, Energy Star, Alternative Energy, Smart grid and Smart Meter Testing. He worked closely with nationwide utilities and public utility commissions to study testing concerns and monitor problems with AMI deployment. He also successfully built relationships and initiated MoUs with test laboratories worldwide.

Previous to joining IEEE, Ravi also worked as a Research and Development Engineer at Honeywell and Ericsson’s Blue Ridge Labs. He also served as a consultant to Ericsson in Hildesheim, Germany. Ravi studied Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University and Johns Hopkins University. He participates in the ANSI CAPC committee, selected IEEE working groups, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, SGTCC and is a certified ISO 17025 auditor.