Dr. Rikin Thakker is one of the co-founders of RF Academics - an initiative started by a group of elite professors to cater to industry's need of quality education at corporate speed. Along with teaching, he is also responsible for training, content and business development activities for RF Academics. Dr. Thakker is also a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). He has over 15 years of experience in the field of cellular and wireless communications. He has helped design, deploy and maintain cell sites with 3G and 4G technologies for major cellular operators in the United States. Before joining the university full time, he was working for CommScope as an Engineering Manager for their Active Wireless Products group.
Dr. Thakker earned his M.S. in Telecommunications from UMCP and his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University. His research tried to validate the "spectrum scarcity" notion by modeling the wireless ecosystem using System Dynamics techniques. His research interests include efficient spectrum management techniques, interference analysis and optimal allocation of spectrum, design of cell sites by employing co-siting techniques, in-building wireless capacity and coverage optimization, and system dynamics.
Dr. Thakker has designed several graduate level courses related to Cellular Network Infrastructure, Wi-Fi Technologies and DAS/Small Cells for the Masters in Telecommunication program at UMCP. He received Instructor of the Year award for the program in 2014. He also serves on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of System Dynamics Application (IJSDA).
Dr. Michael Dellomo is currently Associate Director of the Masters in Telecommunications Program at the University of Maryland. He was an Assistant Professor at SUNY Binghamton from 1984-1988. He then joined the MITRE Corporation, working on advanced signal processing and communications problems for naval contracts. During this time, he also taught courses at several colleges and universities in the Washington area.
In 1995, he left MITRE to work at Radio Dynamics Corporation where he later became CTO and VP of Research. There, he continued signal processing research, now aimed specifically at the commercial telecommunications market. He developed algorithms to optimize relocation strategies for emerging cellular companies in the late 1990s.
Dr. Dellomo joined the University of Maryland, College Park in 1998 and became an Assistant Research Professor. There, he created several graduate level courses for the Masters in Telecommunications program. He is now the Associate Director and Student Advisor to the program, and also a Scientific Development Officer for the Norbert Wiener Center at the University of Maryland since its inception in 2006.
He has worked on several DARPA grants, Multi-University Research Initiatives, and Maryland Industrial Partnership grants. He continues to conduct research on communications and RF processing using new and emerging technologies. He also continues to teach masters level telecommunications courses and received the inaugural Instructor of the Year award for the Telecom program in 2011.
Our educators hold over 40 years of combined industry experience and 25 years of academic teaching experience