IWCE's Young Professionals Award Winners
IWCE's Young Professionals Awards recognize young professionals under 35 who are growing and excelling in the communications technology field. These individuals are executing some of our industry's most innovative ideas, showing creativity and initiative. Congratulations to our award winners below and be sure to join us for the award ceremony on Thursday, March 8 at 9:45 am.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Tamim Akimi is a Staff Engineer with Booz Allen Hamilton. His ability to take on a problem, understand the requirements and architect a solution that fulfills the project goal with limited available resources has made him a highly sought out expert in both engineering system design and RF communication projects.
Rodrigo Batista de Moura
Deputy Planning Coordinator for Critical Communications
State Secretariat of Public Safety for Rio de Janeiro
Rodrigo leads technically the “SIRCE”, Rio de Janeiro's Statewide Integrated System of Critical Communication, one of the winners of the International Critical Communications Awards 2016, from project design to deployment, attending over 40 public safety agencies, routinely and across major events, like the FIFA’s World Cup and the Olympics, when it was also the official PMR network for the entire Workforce of the International Olympic Committee.
Regional Product Manager for North America
Joining Comba Telecom in 2011, Steven Cheng now serves as regional product manager for North America. Before that, he was an engineer at Fullhan Electronics. Cheng has a master’s in RF engineering from University of Southampton and is a member of APCO, Safer Buildings Coalition and received multiple innovation awards.
Value Added Services, Motorola
Brandon joined Motorola Solutions upon graduation, and quickly made his presence felt by establishing a Young Professionals Group, which propagated across the globe. Recently having joined Motorola Mobility, in short order, he's developed a corporate wide mentoring program, all while in pursuit towards his goals of becoming CEO, a best-selling author and earning Ph.D. in business.
Vice President of Product and Public Safety
Reinhard Ekl is the VP of Product and Public Safety at RapidSOS, a technology company with the mission of transforming emergency communications. Mr. Ekl holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a Certificate in Social Innovation and is a certified EMT-Paramedic in Austria since 2006.
Emergency Management and Communications Director
Saline County Emergency Management
As Director of Emergency Management and the agency’s PSAP, CJ works closely with several public safety agencies on communication and interoperability enhancement for emergency response capabilities. Working with groups and committees around the state, he serves as an advocate for public safety communications issues including NextGen 9-1-1 in Arkansas and consistent public alert capabilities.
Carrie Johnson is Lead Manager and Tribal Affairs Specialist for the FirstNet Program. Before joining AT&T, she served as a telecom policy adviser in the U.S. Senate and supported rural broadband expansion while working for a statewide broadband provider in Sioux Falls, SD. Carrie has an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, B.A. from American University, and Certificate in Cybersecurity & Privacy Law from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Alex Lorello has training in cyber ethical hacking and experience in forensics analysis and cybersecurity product design. He majored in computer engineering at UMCP and is co-founder of SecuLore Solutions, a cybersecurity company focused on protecting our nation’s public safety infrastructure. Alex co-invented the company's flagship patent-pending cybersecurity device, Paladin™.
Turris Communications Ltd.
Steve has been instrumental in delivering mission-critical communications to some of Turris Communications largest clients in the Oil & Gas, Public Safety, and Industrial sectors, as well as his company's Western Canadian radio network. He continues to innovate to drive his company forward with the latest wireless communications technologies.
Information Technology Specialist
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Developer; Professional Services
Benjamin Morgan, Software Engineer at Avtec, Inc, the leading provider of VoIP dispatch consoles in North America. With a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina, Benjamin began his career at Avtec in 2014. He continues to grow his skillset, working on new features for the future of unified communications.
Project Coordinator, Public Safety Broadband Program
Texas Department of Public Safety
Jared plays a key role in advising Texas first responders about the benefits and future possibilities that FirstNet will bring. From wireless sensors to video and mapping applications, Jared has been a strong advocate for improving situational awareness for his agency and the broader public safety community.
Software Strategy & Operations Consultant
Ross Venhuizen is a software strategy and operations consultant for Motorola Solutions, developing and driving strategy for the company’s emerging software business. He specializes in broadband communications, working on projects including Motorola’s acquisition of Kodiak Networks. While at Motorola, Ross co-founded, and now leads, a Young Professionals Group that has become the company’s largest business council.
DAS Engineering Manager
Advanced RF Technologies, Inc. (ADRF)
William Wong is the DAS Engineering Manager at Advanced RF Technologies. He oversees the training and technical support of ADRF’s equipment for customers to use in their challenging DAS projects. William has a decade of experience in the in-building/DAS sector and related engineering fields including several years at a DAS integrator where he focused on survey, design, and implementation and optimization of carrier and neutral host DAS. William received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.
Minghua, an instrumental player in analyzing the total expenditure and end results for IWCE. Her findings influenced the necessity to develop new methods of evaluating the company's marketing strategies. She subsequently streamlined processes, increased collections, and reduced operating expenses by 0.3 million dollars in 2017. In addition, implemented effective solutions in overseeing the company's financial reporting.