Brian G. Kiernan
2013 Hans Karlsson Award Recipient
"For extraordinary skill and dedication in chairing the complex task groups that developed the IEEE 802.16a, 802.16e, and 802.16m WirelessMAN standards, including the world's first 4G broadband standard"
Mr. Kiernan was directly responsible for InterDigital's worldwide industry Standards activities and aided in the development of new market, product and technology initiatives. In this capacity, he provided strategic technical and marketing support to InterDigital's sales, marketing and business development efforts as well as the company's worldwide patent and licensing programs.
Previously, Mr. Kiernan was President of USTC World Trade Corporation, an international sales and marketing subsidiary of InterDigital's predecessor company, International Mobile Machines (IMM). Having full profit and loss accountability for IMM's international business, he quadrupled international revenues in two years. He opened new markets, primarily in Asia and Latin America that accounted for over 90% of InterDigital's past product revenue.
Prior to his sales position, Mr. Kiernan was IMM's Vice President of Engineering and Operations. His product line responsibilities covered all areas of development and sales engineering, manufacturing, product support and quality assurance of IMM's UltraPhone® TDMA Wireless Local Loop product.
Before joining IMM, Mr. Kiernan served as a Senior Staff Engineer at GTE Products Corporation, where he generated and evaluated military communications systems concepts. These included mobile and fixed station radio, circuit and message switching, and network management and control.
Mr. Kiernan's prior program and technical management experience encompassed TDMA and CDMA voice and data systems, digital and analog switching, and VHF/UHF and microwave radio. He was also active in communications and non-communications Electronic Warfare systems development.
Mr. Kiernan holds a BSEE and an MS in Management Science/Operations Research. He has been a speaker at numerous industry conferences, published numerous papers and articles, and holds thirteen patents. He was Vice-Chair of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access, Past Chair of the IEEE 802.16a Task Group on Broadband Wireless Access for Bands from 2-11 GHz, Past Chair of the IEEE 802.16e Task Group on Mobile Broadband Wireless Access and Chair of the IEEE 802.16m Task Group on Mobile Broadband Wireless Access - Advanced Air Interface. Mr. Kiernan also served as Vice Chair of the ATIS Wireless Technologies and Systems Committee Radio Access Networks (WTSC-RAN) subcommittee.