Krishnamurthy Raghunandan, MTA New York City Transit
Short Bio: Raghunandan (Raghu) currently leads new wireless technology deployment effort in MTA New York City Transit. Part of this effort was to provide 5G service in all the below ground subway stations and on buses. He deployed 60GHz Millimetric wave links with point-to-multipoint WiFi network that brought video traffic to security booths. This method is used as an alternative to fiber in difficult terrains. An integral part of his work is to try new wireless technologies in the transit environment. He is a member of FCC Region-8 regulatory body, that coordinates spectrum allocations for public safety in metro region.
Prior to joining Transit, he worked in Bell Labs (1993-2004) leading the RAN (Radio Access Network) team at 3GPP standards body that is currently spear heading 5G standards. He was instrumental in development of cellular handsets by leading the field test and interoperability effort. He was responsible for developing Sirius satellite radio chipset currently used in all premium cars and trucks throughout Canada, USA and Mexico. He has several publications in the IEEE and holds a US patent.
Raghu has undergraduate degree in EE from Univ. of Mysore, Master’s degree in EE from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Research degree in EE from University of Surrey, England. He has written the textbook “Introduction to wireless communication and networks : A practical perspective”. This book is part of the telecommunication textbook series published by Springer and approved by the IEEE ComSoc as a textbook for undergraduate students. He is chair of AP/EMC/VT chapter for NJ coast and Princeton sections of IEEE. He was inducted as a member of HKN honor society of the IEEE.