Jon Peha is an IEEE Fellow and serves as Assistant Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and prior to that, as the Chief Technologist of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, where he advised the FCC Chairman and Commissioners on pressing issues involving technology, including spectrum sharing, broadband Internet, delivering services to rural areas and the impact of peer-to-peer networks. He is a Full Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and former Associate Director of the University’s Center for Wireless and Broadband Networking.
Dr. Peha was Chief Technical Officer of three high-tech start-ups and a member of technical staff at SRI International, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Microsoft. He also addressed telecom and e-commerce issues on the legislative staff in both the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress and helped launch a US Government interagency program to assist developing countries with information infrastructure.
His research spans technical and policy issues of communications networks, including spectrum management, broadband Internet, wireless networks, video and voice over IP, communications for emergency responders, universal service, secure Internet payment systems, dissemination of copyrighted material, e-commerce and network security.
Dr. Peha holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford and a B.Sc. from Brown.