Tom Richardson is Vice President of Engineering and the leads R&D at Qualcomm’s New Jersey Research Center. He came to Qualcomm through the acquisition of Flarion Technologies in 2006, where he was Vice President and Chief Scientist. He received his PhD in electrical engineering in 1990 from MIT, after which he worked for 10 years at the Bell Labs’ Mathematical Sciences Research Center. He is coauthor, with Ruediger Urbanke, of Modern Coding Theory, a book on iterative coding. He received the 2002 and 2012 information theory paper awards, the 2011 IEEE Kobayashi award, and the 2014 Hamming medal. He is an IEEE fellow and a member of National Academy of Engineering.