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Recent Advancements in 5G Technology and Measurements

on May 3, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:45 PM

Speaker Mark Sargent (CTIA), Dr. Michael Foegelle (ETS-Lindgren), Ron Borsato (PCTEST), John Forrester (Qualcomm), Andy Youtz (Verizon Wireless)
Topic Info

Presentation 1: Overview of CTIA’s Certification Program Working Groups

Mark Sargent, Vice President Certification Programs, CTIA, Washington, DC

Presentation 2:

5G and mmWave Device Measurement Challenges

By Dr. Michael Foegelle, ETS-Lindgren, Cedar Park, Texas

CTIA Ask the Experts Panel

Moderated by Upkar Dhaliwal, IEEE San Diego Section Vice Chair

Abstract: Our CTIA certification and standards expert panelists include Ron Borsato of PCTest in Columbia, MD, John Forrester of Qualcomm in San Diego, CA, Andy Youtz of Verizon Wireless in Basking Ridge, NJ, and Michael Foegelle of ETS-Lindgren in Cedar Park, TX. These global experts collectively have over 100 years of experience working in the wireless industry. Our panelists are active leaders of/contributors to the CTIA certification and standards committees for the wireless industry. They are part of the CTIA committees convening in San Diego for their biannual face-to-face committee meetings.

Topics for discussion will cover over-the-air performance testing of wireless devices for all of the current cellular radio access technologies as well as A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee. This includes radiation pattern based TRP/TIS testing, intermediate channel testing, MIMO OTA testing, and desensitization related testing for converged wireless devices (devices with simultaneous operation of multiple RATs). Device types range from cellular handsets, tablets, and notebook computers to a wide range of emerging wireless IoT devices, including large form factor devices such as vending machines, requiring various human tissue phantoms for head, hand, wrist, ankle, and body-worn devices, as well as specialized ground planes for embedded applications (e.g. vehicle radios). Do not miss this opportunity to ask questions of these wireless industry experts!

Speaker Bio

Mark Sargent is Vice President of Certification Programs at CTIA, where he oversees the U.S. wireless industry’s certification programs for consumer wireless devices.  In this position, he is also Chairman of CTIA’s industry-wide Certification Program Working Group.  Mark has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, having held various engineering, sales, marketing, product development and operations positions.  He received a BSEE from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Duke University.

 Dr. Michael D. Foegelle is the Director of Technology Development at ETS-Lindgren in Cedar Park, Texas, and has more than 20 years of test and measurement experience in RF and wireless. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Foegelle has been actively involved in standards development on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Committee C63 on electromagnetic compatibility, CTIA Certification Program Working Group, Wi-Fi Alliance, WiMAX Forum, IEEE 802.11, and 3GPP. He has served as chair or vice-chair of various working groups in those organizations and currently co-chairs the joint CTIA/Wi-Fi Alliance Converged Wireless Group and the CTIA OTA Measurement Uncertainty Subgroup.  He has authored or co-authored numerous papers in the areas of Electromagnetics, EMC, Wireless Performance Testing, and Condensed Matter Physics, holds several patents on wireless and electromagnetic test methods and equipment, and is dedicated to advancing the state of the art in radiated RF testing of emerging wireless technologies.  He may be contacted at (512) 531-6444 or


Ron Borsato is OTA - Chief Technical Officer at PCTEST Engineering Laboratory. He is Co-Chair of the CTIA’s OTA Working Group and Rapporteur for the 3GPP RAN5 Study Item on UE Application Layer Data Throughput Performance.  Ron has supported the CTIA OTA Working Group in the development of the CTIA OTA test plans for SISO and MIMO and has been designated as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for numerous antenna lab and system vendor audits for over 15 years. With over twenty-five years in the field of RF and microwave product and service definition, Ron’s experience encompasses the development of wireless products from concept through high-volume manufacturing and creating requirements and test capability for RF and OTA performance and service-related features. Prior to PCTEST, Ron has worked for Spirent Communications, Verizon Wireless, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, and Texas Instruments. He has authored or co-authored articles in the areas of GPS, OTA, LTE, End-to-End System Level Test Methods, and User Performance Testing. He received his MSEE at the University of Texas at Arlington and received his BSEE at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


John Forrester is a Senior Director of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. in San Diego, CA.  John has been part of Qualcomm’s EMC and Regulatory engineering group for over 20 years with experience in design, test and certification of wireless devices.  John supports Qualcomm customers with his diverse experience in regulatory requirements, measurements, device self-compatibility, Over-The-Air performance evaluation, RF Exposure assessment, 3GPP standards, and EMC requirements.  In addition to working with mainstream unlicensed and WWAN technologies such as 802.11 and LTE, John has been involved with introducing new wireless technology and evaluation approaches to regulators, industry groups and standard organizations.  John can be contacted at 858-845-7428 or Youtz is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the Device Technology – Network Planning organization at Verizon Wireless. Andy has represented Verizon Wireless in the CTIA OTA Working Group for 12 years where he has supported the development of RF OTA testing methodologies for SISO, carrier aggregation, LAA, GPS, and MIMO. He is currently the chair of the CTIA OTA Carrier Aggregation (CA) Task Force, and until recently was the co-chair of the CTIA MIMO OTA Subgroup. Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Andy has worked at Lucent Technologies, Motorola, and ATI Technologies. His twenty five year career has spanned cellular communications and broadcast technologies with a focus on RF hardware design and development and cellular protocols. In his current role at Verizon Wireless, Andy works as part of a highly focused team that defines the requirements, features, and testing for wireless devices to access the Verizon Wireless network from the physical layer up through the radio access protocol layers, including RF and antenna performance. Andy has many received or pending patents related to cellular communications. Andy received both his BSEE and MSEE from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Location 10155 Pacific Heights Blvd. San Diego, CA 92121, Qualcomm, AZ Auditorium, San Diego CA 92121

Time:                  5:30 pm                 Complimentary Dinner and Registration

6:30 pm               Welcome and Announcements – Upkar Dhaliwal/Gabe Alcala, IEEE San Diego

6:45 pm               Overview of CTIA’s Certification Program Working Groups                

By Mark Sargent, CTIA, Washington DC

7:10 pm                5G and mmWave Device Measurement Challenges

By Dr. Michael Foegelle, ETS-Lindgren, Cedar Park, Texas 

8:00 pm               CTIA Committee “Ask the Experts” Panel

(See technical program abstracts and speaker bios below)

8:45 pm               Adjourn              

Cost Free to Attend, but please RSVP.

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