Communications Technology's 2012 Hall of Fame
Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)
A cable figure who really needs no introduction, Mark Dzuban is continuing a career-long commitment to driving change that improves performance, reduces cost and increases customer satisfaction for the cable industry. Since joining SCTE in February 2009, Dzuban has been instrumental in positioning the organization as a leader in energy management and technical education. Under Dzuban, SCTE has instituted the Smart Energy Management Initiative, the industry’s first comprehensive energy program; was named to receive a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award; hired its first CTO; and significantly expanded educational opportunities that range from e-learning courses to the SCTE Leadership Institute with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Working across legislative, financial and engineering areas, Dzuban pioneered the concept and market acceptance of the voice services that today contribute significantly to cable’s bottom line.
Dr. Robert Howald
Fellow of the Technical Staff
Dr. Howald has 25 years of technology and executive experience in commercial and military communications systems. His current role is in the CTO office within Motorola’s Home & Mobility business, working with MSO partners to evolve network architectures to support the ever-increasing breadth of new services. He has taught graduate courses in communications and wireless systems, has published more than 150 papers, and has multiple patents issued or pending. Dr. Howald has a BSEE and MSEE from Villanova University, a PhD in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Drexel University, and a MBA from DeSales University. He also is a frequent contributor to Communications Technology magazine.
Thomas F. Nagel
Senior Vice President/Business Development and Strategy for Communications and Data Services, Comcast
General Manager/SpectrumCo LLC
Nagel is responsible for leading Comcast’s entry into wireless products and devices, including the introduction of Comcast’s XFINITY Internet 2go data services and XFINITY Wi-Fi, integrating wireless into Comcast’s voice and media/video offerings. Nagel played a critical role in the development of Comcast’s wireless partnerships with Sprint and Clearwire. In addition, he develops strategic alliances as they relate to Xfinity Internet, Voice and Wireless businesses as well as successfully managing the spectrum deal that resulted in the FCC giving permission for Comcast and three other MSOs (dba SpectrumCo) to sell their spectrum to Verizon Wireless, with emerging wireless partnership agreements to come. Nagel earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Auburn University and his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Robert Metcalfe
Ethernet inventor (1973)
Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) advisory director
Polaris Venture Partners
Dr. Metcalfe left Xerox in 1979 to promote the use of personal computers and local area networks (LANs). He successfully convinced Digital Equipment, Intel and Xerox Corporations to work together to promote Ethernet as a standard, and it now is the most widely installed LAN protocol. Today, Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. His awards and honors include the Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery, the Bell Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE’s Medal of Honor, the Marconi Prize, and the National Medal of Technology for his “leadership in the invention, standardization and commercialization of Ethernet.” He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Computer History Museum Hall of Fellows in 2008.