WAKE FOREST – The Wireless Research Center (WRC) just got an injection of new blood.

Asokan Ram, formerly with Ixia Communications and Ericsson, has joined WRC’s team as senior architect. He’s already got 25 patents under his belt, and has spent the last three decades of specializing in wireless networking, including satellite, aviation and defense communication systems.

WRC senior architect Asokan Ram

“Asokan supplements our deep radio frequency and antenna expertise with broad wireless systems knowledge deeper into the network platform hardware and software,” WRC’S founder and CEO Gerard Hayes says.

“He helps us support customers across every market with 5G and next generation wireless.”

Founded in 2010, WRC is quickly becoming North Carolina’s main hub to test the next-big-thing in 5G technology — everything from wearable devices to aviation innovation, attempting to solve complex wireless challenges across several market sectors.

Asokan will join this team of experts that has already amassed more than 100 patents supporting some of the world’s leading companies with engineering and testing of wireless products.

As architect at Ixia Communications, Asokan led wireless test system design and development and mentored the engineering team.

During his tenure, they developed — from definition to commercialization — the 4G LTE Multi UE sector simulator and its evolution for LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies.

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At Sony Ericsson and Ericsson, he led the Technology Working Group for radio access, 3GPP standardization and served in product development and engineering roles.

“He was a key player in architecting the ACeS GMR-2 geo-mobile satellite system based on GSM/EDGE, and led the standardization of GMR-2 air interface in ETSI. He worked on the development of multiple mobile platforms, terminals and advanced receiver algorithms for 2G GSM/EDGE and 3G WCDMA/HSPA technologies,” WRC states.

Prior to Ericsson, he worked as research engineer on the development of a VSAT satellite system at the Center for Development of Telematics and avionics communication systems at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd in India.

“The WRC is the ideal career opportunity, enabling the full freedom to apply my knowledge and experience in a variety of fields and technology areas including defense, space, aviation, automobile, Internet of Things markets and many others. There is no limit,” Asokan said.

“I am excited to join a team that is not limited to just one specific product or technology. We are connecting industries, universities and research centers, making the WRC as the place to go for technical solutions and future technology exploration.”

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