Jon is an authority on all things wireless, including Land Mobile Radio, IEEE 802.15.4, RF4CE, ZigBee, IEEE 802.11 / Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.16 / WiMAX, Bluetooth, Ultra Wideband, NFC/RFID and cellular technologies. He is currently a senior supervising engineer at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a quite-large engineering services firm, where Jon is concentrating on Positive Train Control systems and narrowband and broadband radio communications for US Class 1 railroads, passenger rail, commuter rail and rail transit.
Previously, Jon used his skills in systems engineering, circuit-level implementation, regulatory policy and market strategy as Vice President of Strategic Development and Chief Engineer for Lilee Systems, a Bay Area company focused on both wireless and wired high-availability communications for freight and passenger rail, and rail transit. Prior to that, he guided business development for the short-range wireless unit at Freescale (nee Motorola Semiconductor, and as of 2015, NXP). Truly an ex-rocket scientist, Jon spent 17 years at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, with his last project developing the first Mars-orbiting wireless data relay link so that future missions to Mars could enjoy local service rather than having to be on roaming – you can’t believe the charges!
Jon holds both BSE and MSEE degrees from UCLA, is a senior member of the IEEE, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Arizona. He is chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Wireless Joint Council. Jon’s also active in amateur radio, with the FCC-issued callsign of N7UV.