Stephen Wilkus

CTO, Spectrum Financial Partners

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Steve Wilkus is the CTO of Spectrum Financial Partners and an active contributor in framing wireless telecommunications standards, regulation and industry financial plans. For 28 years he was with Bell Laboratories in Alcatel-Lucent (and its predecessors, AT&T and Lucent Technologies), most recently as a director in the office of wireless CTO and a Distinguished Member Technical Staff. He is a Senior member of the IEEE.

He was a founding member of the IEEE 802.11 and has participated in other standards and regulatory work in the AT&T Chief Architect's Office.

In 1991, he spearheaded the development of a wireless electronic shelf label system sold through NCR using RFID technology. He later led the first team to demonstrate High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) in 2003 and was the solutions
architect for the fist satellite/terrestrial hybrid DVB-SH system.

Steve received the B.S. degree in physics and the M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1981 and holds 9 US patents.

He has published many technical and Journal papers and has delivered numerous invited presentations at industry events, to US federal congressional staff and FCC workshops.