Ronald P. Uhlig is president and CEO of SegWave Inc., an educational technology systems integration startup that he founded in 2000, as well as a consultant in telecommunications and computing. He was vice president for Russia and Eastern Europe, Qualcomm Inc., from 1995 to 1999, with offices in San Diego and Moscow. Previously he was with Northern Telecom (1984ñ95) in multiple positions, including director of Intelligent Network Solutions and director of Asia/Pacific Strategic Marketing.
From 1978 to 1984, Ron was with Bell-Northern Research, Ottawa, Canada. From 1969 to 1978, he was with U.S. Army Materiel Command, Washington, D.C., where he had nationwide responsibility for most of the Army's Scientific & Engineering Computing, introducing many uses of what has become today's Internet.
Ron was chairman of the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Communication Systems (IFIP TC-6, 1985ñ91). From 1979 to 1985 he chaired WG 6.5, the working group on Electronic Messaging of IFIP TC-6. He is also one of the ìfathersîof email.
Ron was president of the International Council for Computer Communication (ICCC) from 1992 to 1996, and held several other ICCC offices. He is an Academician of the International Telecommunications Academy, and was awarded the academyís gold medal in 2000 for sustained contributions to telecommunications. He was also the 1994 program chairman of the World Computer Congress in Hamburg, Germany.
With co-authors David J. Farber and James Bair, Ron was lead author of the first book ever published on office automation, The Office of the Future (North-Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, 1979), which became an important textbook in a number of universities around the world. He published the first popular paper on electronic mail and has since given numerous lectures, papers, and courses on every inhabited continent on a wide range of computing and communications topics.
Ron holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland.