Technology, Business and Government Distinguished Lecture Series

Recognizing an increasingly significant inter-relationship between the rapid growth of new technologies and the business and governmental sectors, this lecture series brings distinguished individuals to Penn Engineering to interact with students and faculty on broad issues affecting technology and science, research and policy.

Featured Lecture:

Matthew S. Grob
Executive Vice President Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Chief Technology Officer

"Your Smartphone is Your Next Robot"

Thursday, October 15, 2015
3-5 PM
Wu and Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall

Biography: Matthew S. Grob  is executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and chief technology officer. In this role, he is responsible for oversight of Qualcomm's technology path, coordination of R&D activities across the Company, and development of next generation wireless and adjacent technologies. The Company’s broad portfolio of research areas includes advanced cellular and unlicensed band technologies, satellite systems, semiconductor technology, computer vision, machine learning, and security technologies. In addition, Grob also oversees Qualcomm Ventures and Qualcomm Corporate Engineering Services, and he is a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.

Grob joined Qualcomm in 1991 as an engineer. His contributions include system design, standardization and project leadership for early CDMA data services; the Globalstar satellite based mobile voice and data system and later 1x EV-DO highspeed wireless Internet access technology. His focus on cellular data services led to his assignment as co-project engineer for the HDR (High Data Rate) program starting in 1997. This new high-speed Internet access technology became standardized as 1x EVDO and was commercialized throughout the world. Innovations and techniques from these programs also helped UMTS’ evolution to HSPA. In 1998, Grob was promoted to lead the Company’s R&D system engineering group and in 2006, he became in charge Qualcomm’s Corporate R&D division, now known as Qualcomm Research.

The mission of Qualcomm Research is to push the boundaries of wireless, to innovate, and to explore new services and technologies by focusing on longer-term and often higher-risk projects. Under Grob’s leadership, Qualcomm Research efforts have expanded in scale and scope. With offices in Austria, China, Germany, India, Korea, and several in the U.S., Qualcomm Research continues to have a strong focus on core wireless technologies including cellular, unlicensed, satellite, among others, as well as adjacent areas such as contextual awareness, machine learning, semiconductor technology, computer vision and security.

Grob holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Bradley University. He is a member of the IEEE and holds more than 70 patents.

Guest Speakers in the Series:

February 1, 2012: David S. Bem, Global R&D Director, The Dow Chemical Company - "Materials Innovation at Dow
Impacting the Future of Energy and the Environment"

April 27, 2011: Arun Majumdar, Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) -"ARPA-E: Catalyzing Energy Breakthroughs for a Secure American Future"

November 16, 2010: Robert S. Fredell, Managing Director, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) - "Critical Issues in Accreditation and Engineering Education"

December 3, 2009: Mark Zandi, Chief Economist and Cofounder, Moody’s - "The New Economic Normal: The Role of Technological Change and Universities”

February 19, 2009: Garrete E. Resiman, NASA Astronaut - "Living Aboard the International Space Station - One Quaker's Journey"

November 13, 2007: James R. Wiemels, Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors Corporation - "The Journey to a Global Company"

March 20, 2006: James C. Greenwood, President, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and Former Congressman, US House of Representatives - "Living in the Biotechnology Century"

April 7, 2005: Hital R. Meswani, Executive Director of Reliance Industries Limited - "Ideas that Worked: Creation of World–class Businesses through Management of Technology"

March 15, 2005: Siegfried Bocionek, Chief Operating Officer of Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services - "The Digital Hospital: Development of Metrics-Driven Efficient Software"

March 18, 2004: Paul M. Horn, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, IBM Corporation - "Innovation in the Information Technology Industry"

December 2, 2003: Richard A. Clarke, Chairman, Good Harbor Consulting, and former Senior White House Advisor - "Critical National Infrastructure"

March 4, 2003: Richard F. Rashid, Senior Vice President of Research, Microsoft Corporation - "The Digital Experience: Emerging Technologies to Improve the Way We Live and Learn"

February 3, 2003: Congressman Curt Weldon, 7th Congressional District - "Homeland Security and the Role of Government"

March 6, 2002: Alan I. Taub, Executive Director - Science, General Motors Research and Development - "Automotive Research - The Technical Challenges and the Role of Universities for GM"

April 24, 2001: Irwin Mark Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, Qualcomm - "Wireless Access to the Internet, the Technology and the Business"

October 16, 2000: Joseph P. Nacchio, Chairman and CEO, Qwest Communications International, Inc. - "Business in the Information Age: What's New, What's Not"

October 13, 1999: George Heilmeier, Chairman Emeritus and former Chairman and CEP Telcordia Technologies - "From Pots to - Information Systems and Technology for the Next Decade and Beyond"

April 14, 1999: Joseph Bordogna, Deputy Director Nominee and Chief Operating Officer of the National Science Foundation - "Trajectories, Inflections, and Innovation: Trends in Science, Engineering, and Technology Policy"

February 24, 1999: David J. Farber, the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems - "The University in the Information Age: A Technologist's Look at the Future Directions in Computing and Communications and its Impact on the University"

February 1, 1999: Congressman Curt Weldon, 7th District, Pennsylvania, Senior Member of the House Committee on Science, Chairman of the Military Research Committee - "Technology and Business in the Twenty-first Century: A Congressional Perspective"