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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.
 

 
Tamim Akimi
Tamim Akimi
LTE Engineer
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
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.

 
Steven Cheng
Steven Cheng
Regional Product Manager for North America
Comba Telecom

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.

 
Brandon Edelman
Brandon Edelman
Product Manager
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.

 
Reinhard Ekl
Reinhard Ekl
Vice President of Product and Public Safety
RapidSOS, Inc.

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.

 
Colton Engel
Colton Engel
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
Carrie Johnson 
Lead Manager-FirstNet
AT&T

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
Alex Lorello
Chief Engineer
SecuLore Solutions

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™.

 
Stephen McConnell
Stephen McConnell
Service Technician
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.

 
Benjamin Morgan
Thomas Meno
Information Technology Specialist
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

 
 
 
Benjamin Morgan
Benjamin Morgan
Developer; Professional Services
Avtec Inc.

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.

 
Jared VandenHeuvel
Jared VandenHeuvel
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.

 
Ross Venhuizen
Ross Venhuizen
Software Strategy & Operations Consultant 
Motorola Solutions

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.

 
William Wong
William Wong
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 Xu
Minghua Xu
Controller,
Hytera America

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.