FCC Appoints First Woman CTO


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The FCC gets its first woman Chief Technology Officer next week. Dr. Monisha Ghosh steps into the role on January 13. She replaces Dr. Eric Burger, who has been serving at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy since October.

Dr. Ghosh will advise Chairman Pai and the agency on technology and engineering issues and will work closely with the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology. 

She comes to the agency from the National Science Foundation, where she’s been a rotating program director since September 2017 in the Computer and Network System Division within the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering. 

She is also a Research Professor at the University of Chicago, where she conducts research on wireless technologies for the Internet of Things, 5G cellular, next generation WiFi systems, and spectrum coexistence. Prior to joining the University of Chicago in September 2015, Dr. Ghosh worked at Interdigital, Philips Research and Bell Laboratories, on various wireless systems, such as the HDTV broadcast standard, cable standardization and cognitive radio for TV White Spaces.

Pai said Dr. Ghosh ‘s appointment at the agency is historic. “Her expertise is also broad, ranging from the Internet of Things, medical telemetry, and broadcast standards. I am proud that Dr. Ghosh will be the FCC’s first female CTO, and hope her example inspires young women everywhere to consider careers in STEM fields,” said Pai.  

January 7, 2020   

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