Industry Leaders Emphasize “Empathy & Humility” as Keys to Successful Communications Careers at IEEE GLOBECOM 2015

Leading International Conference Concludes Second Day by Promoting Pathways to Young Professional Career Growth in San Diego, California

San Diego, CA, December 09, 2015 --( IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 (, the premier event dedicated to driving innovation in nearly every aspect of communications, concluded its second full day at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California with industry leaders emphasizing “empathy and humility” at Monday evening's “How to Build a Successful Career in Communications” panel discussion.

Sponsored by IEEE Young Professionals and IF&E Dialogue with Industry Leaders, the first part of the session dedicated to “Advancing Your Career to the Next Level” began with Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor of UCSD, stating that “if you want to lead, you need to take pride in the work of others and feel what they feel.” This was followed by Yan Hui, CEO/Co-founder of AirHop Communications, citing the importance of mentorship and “choosing bosses wisely” as tools for growth. According to Yan Hui, this includes “striving to acquire skills and accumulate experiences rather than simply focusing on titles.”

Mark Pierpoint, Vice President and General Manager, Communications Measurement Solutions, also added that there are massive opportunities for advancement in the communications field for individuals that “approach every day with a willingness to explore and say yes to efforts that constantly expand limitations.” Moderator Ken Stewart, Fellow & Chief Wireless Technologist, Intel, ended the first part of the discussion by encouraging young professionals “to get it wrong,” citing the need to “learn from the root causes of failure” as a fundamental method for “achieving well-rounded personalities” driven by “performance, insight and intelligence.”

Immediately afterwards, the session’s second panel convened on the “Keys on Successful Careers in Communications” and reinforced the need to “genuinely support people” and “exercise curiosity.” Vinay Ravuri, VP Product Management, Data Center Group, Qualcomm, offered that “achievement starts with listening” and “understanding others, not only yourself.” Peter Gammel, CTO of Skyworks, also strongly noted the mistake of “refusing to learn and listen,” while Xiang Liu, Director of Optical Access Networks, Huawei, ended the session by imploring professionals to “not give up easily, challenge assumptions and dare to be unconventional.”

Themed Connecting All Through Communications, the featured program of IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 then continued Tuesday through Wednesday with hundreds of executive forums, panel discussions and technical symposia highlighting the entire spectrum of broadband, wireless, multimedia, data, image and voice communications. These highlights also included the keynotes of leading industry authorities such as:

• Matt Grob, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Chief Technology Officer, who will talk about “From 4G to 5G: The Evolution of Mobile Communication”
• Ron Nersesian, President and CEO, Keysight, who will address “The Future of Test and Measurement for Commercial Communications”
• Seizo Onoe, CTO, EVP, Member of Board of Directors, and Managing Director of R&D Innovation Division of NTT DOCOMO, INC., who will cover “Evolution toward 5G and beyond”
• Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow and Wireless CTO at Huawei, who will discuss “Bringing 5G into Reality”
• Kenneth Stewart, Intel Fellow and Chief Wireless Technologist at Intel, who will talk about the “Future of Wireless Technologies – From 5G to IoT/MTC”
• Sachin Katti, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, who will speak on “Full Duplex Radios: From Impossibility to Practice”

Additional highpoints are the ongoing series of industry demonstrations showcasing the latest introductions of companies like Huawei, National Instruments, Toshiba, Nokia, Intel, Macerc and Technion. The many topics of discussion include Dense Cooperative Wireless Cloud Networks, Smarter Networking Applications, Intelligent Electric Vehicle Charging Systems, Sub-Nyquist Systems and the Role of Biometric Systems in Improving Security & Performance in Big Data.

On Thursday, December 10, IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 will conclude with a full day of tutorials and workshops targeting subjects like “On the ‘Cloudification’ of Mobile Core Networks,” “Smart Cities and the Vehicular Cloud: Next Generation Vehicular Networking as a Primary Building Block,” “LTE to Unlicensed Bands," and “Green Standardization and Industry Issues for ICT and Relevant Technologies.”

For more information about IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 including program updates and registration information, please visit All website visitors are also invited to network with colleagues and peers as well as share their professional experiences through the conference’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages.
IEEE Communications Society
William Chelak