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Meet the Faculty

Courses in the Master's in Telecommunications program are are taught by instructors who have experience in the telecommunications industry. Our full-time instructors have considerable industrial experience. Many part-time instructors, who actively work in the telecommunications industry, bring a unique value to the program. These instructors bring current, state-of-the-art industry best practices into the classroom. ENTS faculty is comprised of both Engineering and Technical Instructors as well as Business and Entrepreneurship Instructors.

Engineering and Technical Instruction

Dr. Zoltan Safar

Director
Instructor: Networks & Protocols I
Education: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland
Industry Experience: ​

  • Senior Engineer; Nokia
  • Senior Engineer; Samsung Electro-Mechanics
  • Senior Software Engineer; Bloomberg L.P.

Teaching Experience:

  • Director; University of Maryland College Park
  • Assistant Professor; IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Michael Dellomo

Associate Director
Instructor: Introduction to Cellular Communication Networks; Optimization, Drivetesting, and Analysis of Modern Cellular Networks; AWS/PCS System Implementation; Satellite Communication Systems
Education: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Industry Experience:

  • Scientific Development Officer; Norbert Wiener Center for Harmonic Analysis and Applications
  • Chief Technical Officer, VP of Research (PTOC), Director of Engineering Research; Radio Dynamics Corporation
  • Lead Scientist; The MITRE Corporation

Teaching Experience: 

  • Associate Director; University of Maryland College Park
  • Research Assistant Professor; University of Maryland College Park
  • Assistant Professor; State University of New York
  • Adjunct Professor; Georgetown University
  • Adjunct Professor; Northern Virginia Community College
  • Instructor; George Mason University

Dr. Alejandra Mercado

Associate Director
Instructor: Wireless OFDM Systems; Introduction to Digital Communication Systems
Education: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland
Industry Experience: 

  • Principal Engineer; Hughes Network Systems
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology; Information Technology Laboratory in the Wireless Group
  • REMS Group; United Technologies
  • Design Engineer; LCC Incorporated

Teaching Experience: 

  • Associate Director; University of Maryland College Park
  • Engineering Faculty; Montgomery College
  • Assistant Professor; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Krishnan Balakrishnan

Instructor: Cryptography and Network Security
Education: Ph.D., Clemson University
Industry Experience:

  • Senior Technical Director; OPNET Technologies
  • Communications Engineer: Mitre

Teaching Experience:

  • Assistant Professor; Georgia State University
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Reza Eftekari

Instructor: Cloud Computing; Fundamentals of IT Systems Security
Education: Ph.D., Stanford University
Industry Experience:

  • Technical Staff; Intelsat Corporation
  • Asst. VP; M/A-COM Linkabit
  • Executive Director; Mitre
  • Chief Engineer (Consultant), Air Traffic Control (FAA), and Weather Processing (NOAA) Programs

Teaching Experience:

  • Lecturer; George Washington University
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Kamran Etemad

Instructor: 3G/4G Wireless Networks and Systems
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park
Industry Experience:

  • Senior Member Technical Staff; Hughes Network Systems
  • VP of Adv. Technology; Wireless Facilities Inc.
  • Executive Consultant to SVP of Technology; Sprint Nextel
  • Director of Technology/Standards; Intel Corporation
  • Senior Technology Advisor; FCC

Teaching Experience:

  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Masoud Hamedi

Instructor: Network Programming
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park
Research Experience:

  • Research Scientist; University of Maryland
  • Senior Research Engineer; Center for Advanced Transportation Technology

Teaching Experience:

  • Instructor; ENTS, UMD
  • Instructor; Professional Master's in Engineering, UMD
  • Instructor; Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UMD

Dr. Fazlul Kabir

Instructor: System Security
Education: Ph.D., The University of Manchester
Industry Experience:

  • Lead Software Developer; HUD/OIG
  • Senior Project Manager; HHS/OIG
  • Director of Technology; Blue Water

Teaching Experience:

  • Adjunct Professor; University of Maryland University College
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Mehdi Kalantari

Instructor: Networks and Protocols II
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park
Research Experience:

  • Research Scientist; University of Maryland

Industry Experience:

  • President and CTO; Resensys LLC

Teaching Experience:

  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Majid Raissi-Dehkordi

Instructor: Design and Analysis of Communication Networks; Network Traffic and Application Performance Analysis
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park
Industry Experience:

  • Lead Performance Consultant, Riverbed
  • Design Engineer, Iran
  • Consultant Engineer; ioWave Co. Ltd.
  • Internship; Hughes Network Systems

Teaching Experience:

  • Teaching Assistant; University of Maryland College Park
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Rikin Thakker

Instructor: Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and Small Cells; Fundamentals of Wireless LANs; Microwave Radio Communication Systems; Cellular Network Infrastructure - Cell Site Design and Components
Education: Ph.D., George Washington University
Industry Experience: 

  • E911 Engineer; East Banc Technologies
  • Lead Engineer; Andrew Corporation
  • Telecom Systems Engineer; CommScope
  • Engineering Manager; CommScope

Teaching Experience:

  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Fari Schlake

Instructor: Internet of Things- Systems and Protocols
Education: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Industry Experience: 

  • President, CTO, Sr. Principle Consultant, ExpertsAnalyst
  • Director, IEEE, Washington Section
  • Siemens AG, Germany, Project Manager
  • Bell Atlantic (Verizon), Programmer Analyst/Systems Engineer
  • MCI, Systems Analyst/Systems Engineer

Teaching Experience:

  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park
  • Instructor: National University
  • Customer and Corporate Training

Business and Entrepreneurship Instruction

Dr. Jahangir Boroumand

Business Advisor
Instructor: The Economics of International Telecommunications
Education: Ph.D., Economics, Syracuse University
Industry Experience:

  • Senior Economist/Task Manager, World Bank

Teaching Experience:

  • Executive and Part-Time MBA Instructor; University of Maryland College Park
  • Economics of International Telecommunications (ENTS630 at UMCP)
  • 2008-2009 Krowe Teaching Award
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Barney Corwin

Instructor: Project Management for Telecommunications
Education: Ph.D., Computer and Information Systems, University of Pennsylvania
Industry Experience:

  • Chief Information Officer; Department of Health, District of Columbia
  • Information Systems Manager & Executive; Freddie Mac, Primerica, & Merrill Lynch

Teaching Experience: 

  • Clinical Associate Professor; R.H. Smith School of Business, UMD
  • University of Pennsylvania Moor School of Electrical Engineering
  • Loyola College
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Arnold Greenland

Instructor: Project Management for Telecommunications
Education: Ph.D., University of Rochester
Industry Experience:

  • Distinguished Engineer; IBM Global Business Services
  • Distinguished Engineer; IBM Advanced Analytics
  • Distinguished Engineer; IBM Operations Analytics
  • Managing Director; PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Executive VP; Quantech

Teaching Experience:

  • Faculty Member; R.H. Smith School of Business, UMD
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Ronald Hill

Instructor: Telecommunications Marketing Management
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland
Industry Experience:

  • Various Consulting Activities; AT&T, Sallie Mae, NAHB, FTC

Teaching Experience:

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, R.H. Smith School of Business, UMD
  • Professor and Dean; Villanova School of Business
  • Professor; University of South Florida
  • Professor; University of Portland
  • Visiting Asst. Professor; The American University
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Dave Kressler

Instructor: Management and Organizational Behavior in the Telecommunications Industry
Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan
Industry Experience:

  • CFO; Spot Image
  • Deputy Director Finance & Administration; American Psychological Association
  • Producer; Principal Financial Group
  • Financial Representative; The Principal Financial Group
  • Chair, Investment Committee; HIF

Teaching Experience:

  • Adjunct Professor; R.H. Smith School of Business, UMD
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Kazim Ruhi

Instructor: Decision Support Methods for Telecommunication Managers; Project Management for Telecommunications
Education: Ph.D., Production and Operation Management, Gazi University
Teaching Experience:

  • Clinical Associate Professor; R.H. Smith School of Business, UMD
  • Professor and Department Chair; Strayer University
  • Associate Faculty Member; Johns Hopkins University
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Oliver Schlake

Instructor: Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
Education: Ph.D., University of Paderborn, Germany
Industry Experience:

  • CEO; Scenario Management International (ScMIAG)
  • International Management Consultant and Strategic Advisor; Various Companies in Europe and North America

Teaching Experience:

  • Clinical Professor; R.H. Smith School of Business, UMD
  • Assistant Professor; National University, San Diego
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Janet Wagner

Instructor: Telecommunications Marketing Management
Education: Ph.D., Kansas State University
Teaching Experience:

  • Associate Chair; R.H. Smith School of Business, UMD
  • Assistant/Associate Professor; R.H. Smith School of Business, UMD
  • Instructor; ENTS, University of Maryland College Park