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Dennis A Roberson

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Dennis Arlen Roberson (born 12 January 1949) is an American technologist who first worked for large High-Tech companies - IBM, DEC, AT&T, NCR, and Motorola, then served as an academic administrator, researcher and instructor at Illinois Institute of Technology, and finally became an entrepreneur leading and supporting various technology-based companies including his own consulting company - Roberson and Associates.[1] He has been involved in a wide variety of technology innovations through the years. [2], [3]

Early life[edit]

Roberson was born in Coulee Dam, Washington, the son of William Sidney Roberson, a welder and Marian Florence [Sweiberg] Roberson a Post Office worker. He graduated from Grand Coulee High School in 1967. He attended Washington State University graduating in 1971 with degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Physics. After graduation Roberson joined IBM and in parallel attended Stanford University completing his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1974.


Roberson worked at IBM from June 1971 until 1988 with assignments ranging from logic design in a very early raster graphics system to system design and architecture for the IBM 5100 (precursor to the IBM PC [4], [5]), IBM's first desktop system to work on the Series/1, IBM's minicomputer to leading IBM's semiconductor laboratory in Vermont to serving as Lab Director for IBM's largest Lab in Endicott, New York. He worked at Digital Equipment Corp from 1988 until 1994 in various software leadership roles ultimately serving as Vice President for Software at the Company. He then moved to AT&T as a Corporate VP responsible for AT&T's Computer Business. When the firm tri-vested into AT&T, Lucent and NCR in early 1997, he became the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for NCR. He subsequently moved to Motorola in mid-1998 to serve as their first CTO and ultimately an Executive VP responsible for Motorola Labs (the research group in Motorola that he created), its Global Software Group and various corporate functions along with dotted line responsibility for its technical community.

In 2003, Roberson joined Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) ultimately serving as the Vice Provost for Research. At Illinois Tech, Roberson co-founded and served as Co-Director of the Wireless Communications Research Center (WiNCom) [6]. Under Roberson's leadership, WiNCom created and housed the world's first permanent Spectrum Observatory. He served as a professor in the Computer Science Department teaching courses in Wireless Technology and served as a professor in the law school (Chicago-Kent College of Law) teaching Intellectual Property Law courses [7].

Roberson started a consulting company while serving at Illinois Tech in the wireless technology area called Roberson and Associates[8]. He served on a variety of start-up company Advisory and Governance Boards through this period. Roberson also served on several government Advisory Boards including service as the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) Technological Advisory Council (TAC) and as a member of the Commerce Spectrum Advisory Committee (CSMAC) under the Department of Commerce [9], [10]


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