Richard H. Frenkiel
Senior Consultant

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WINLAB/Rutgers University
671 U.S. Route 1
North Brunswick, NJ 08902-6882

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Before coming to WINLAB in 1994, Dick spent 30 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he was involved in the design of cellular systems and Cordless Telephones. He was head of mobile systems engineering for AMPS, the first cellular system in the US, and served on the EIA committee that drafted the rules for nationwide cellular compatibility. As R&D Director for AT&T's cordless telephone business unit, he led the development of the 5000 series of cordless telephone, and was responsible for its initial manufacture. For his work in cellular and cordless telephony, he has received the National Medal of Technology, the Alexander Graham Bell Medal and the Industrial Research Institute Achievement Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of Bell Labs and the IEEE.

At WINLAB, Dick has assisted in the identification of promising areas for new research. With Professor Narayan Mandayam, he is currently involved in teaching Forces and Strategies that Shaped the Wireless Revolution, an interdisciplinary course in wireless strategy, and offers a seminar for industry titled Systems Thinking: Strategic Lessons from the World of Wireless. He is the author of a book titled Cellular Dreams and Cordless Nightmares: Life at Bell Laboratories in Interesting Times.