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 has also begun to develop some proficiency in electrical power systems, including electric utility power and dc/ac traction power. He is currently the national communications systems practice lead at HDR. Before HDR, he was a senior managing engineer at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a quite-large engineering services firm. Jon loves all things wireless, and for the day job concentrates on 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 states of California, Arizona and Minnesota. 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.