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The Profound Impact of Computing & Telecommunications on the Global Economy

September 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us for the inaugural Pramode Verma Endowed Lecture in Telecommunications:


The convergence of telecommunications and computing continues to have a profound impact on the world economy, enabling new ways of consuming information and ways of doing business that were unthinkable in the past.

Three critical economic elements will be traced through the Industrial Economy, the Technology Age and the Information Age.  Gross Domestic Product in the USA from 1870 forward will be used to illustrate the impact of the convergence of the computing and telecommunications industries.

Six stages of the computing industry evolution will be compared with the evolution of the telecommunications industry, including the impact of competition in the telecommunications industry and the emergence of the Internet.  The importance of internet information appliances in the $1.6 Trillion Wireless Ecosystem will be explored.

Finally, the role of disruptive technologies in general will be outlined and some potential future impacts of computing and telecommunications will be illustrated for fifth generation (5G) wireless technology and the Internet of Things (IoT). SPEAKER BIO

Dr. Ronald P. Uhlig is the Academic Program Director for the Manufacturing Design Engineering program at National University in La Jolla, CA.  He currently teaches courses in cybersecurity, engineering management, engineering economics, technology and globalization, and computer ethics.

He previously served the School of Engineering and Technology in multiple positions including Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, and Academic Program Director for the Wireless Communications program.  Other previous positions include President/CEO of SegWave Inc., an educational technology systems company he founded, as well as VP for Russia and Eastern Europe at Qualcomm Inc.

He is one of several “Fathers of Email,” based on work he did with the US Army and DARPA in the 1970s and several international committees he chaired during 1979-91, taking him to more than 100 countries.  He had nationwide responsibility for US Army Materiel Command scientific & engineering computing, 1969-78, pioneering many applications in what has become today’s Internet, and he served as a US Army Officer in the Office of the Chief of Staff, in the Pentagon, 1966-1968.

Dr. Uhlig holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland.



September 20, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


IEEE Tulsa