Ralph Hogan is Associate General Manager for Engineering and Technical Operations and as such is responsible for the engineering and IT services of the Division of Public Service at Rio Salado College,Tempe, AZ. He manages a department of six technical support staff. Ralph has held many nationally recognized positions in the broadcasting field. He is currently the Past President of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Past Founding President Emeritus of the Association of Public Radio Engineers, a past member of the National Public Radio (NPR) Distribution and Interconnect Committee and is currently President of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and professional member of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu. Ralph is a Life Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a Fellow member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chair of the SBE National Certification Committee and currently serves on the Executive Board for the Society. He also volunteers time as chair for the SBE ATSC Specialist certification committee, is a past chair, IEEE Broadcast Technology Society Education committee. As chair of the IEEE BTS education committee, Ralph oversaw the development of the “Bridging the Gap” training course for the society. He currently serves as Past Membership Development Chair for IEEE Region 6. and Past Chair of the IEEE Region 6 Phoenix Section and previously held positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Ralph participated in establishing the IEEE Palouse Section where he served as Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary. Additionally, he served as the Emergency Alert System (EAS), State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) chair for the State of Idaho for 12 years. He also served 6 years on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Engineering Advisory Committee. In 1986 as chief engineer of KSLU FM, he installed public radio’s first touch screen digitally controlled master control facility. Mr. Hogan has 50 plus years in public broadcasting and received a B.S. degree in Engineering Science from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He holds an FCC General Radiotelephone Operators License with Radar Endorsement and has earned the Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer and Certified Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist certifications from the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Today Paul Shulins is President of Shulins’ Solutions, a radio and tv broadcast consulting firm based in Andover Massachusetts, specializing in remote control solutions, studio design and construction, antenna protection systems and ratings metrics. Previously, Paul joined Burk Technology as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in September of 2017. Prior to joining Burk Technology, Paul had been the Director of Technical Operations for Greater Media’s Boston, Massachusetts five FM Radio Stations for twenty-nine years. He has been working as a Radio Chief Engineer for forty years. Paul has been responsible for the planning and day-to-day management of one of the first major market studio consolidations in 1998 for Greater Media’s Boston radio stations. He has designed and constructed many custom, on-air program playback systems, technical facility monitoring and control systems. He is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and has held an SBE Radio Engineer Certification since 1982. Paul is also a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and has co-chaired the BTS Broadcast Symposium for several years. And was recently elected by the BTS AdCom as a distinguished lecturer. Paul has presented numerous papers at the IEEE Broadcast Symposium, the NAB Broadcast Convention, and the NAB Radio Show. He has also been a frequent contributor to Radio World Magazine and authored several chapters in the 11th edition of the NAB engineering handbook. Paul has also served as an elected member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society's administrative committee for three years. Today he is the Vice President for IEEE’s Broadcast Technology Society. Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire System in 1979 with majors in physics, chemistry and natural sciences. He is a private pilot, and enjoys astronomy, skiing, and photography, and operates his Arizona observatory remotely collecting deep sky images.
Dave Siegler is the former Vice President of Technical Operations for Cox Media Group (CMG); recently transitioning his deep experience as a Media Technology Executive to advance the television broadcasting and production industry.
As Vice President of Technical Operations, Siegler was responsible for leading and growing the integrated media company through the rapidly changing technologies and consumer demands. Specifically, he managed CMG’s Technical Operations groups to integrate new technologies and operational processes across multiple platforms for CMG’s 14 broadcast television stations, one local cable television station and 57 radio stations.
Prior to his current position, Siegler was Cox’s Director of Broadcast Operations & Engineering for the company’s television operations in Charlotte, NC and served five years as live events Engineering Manager at Turner Broadcasting and thirteen years in various positions with Post-Newsweek Television Stations (now Graham Media).
Dave is a Fellow Member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and is a recipient of Broadcasting & Cable’s Technology Leadership Award.
He is a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, Society of Broadcast Engineers, serves as ATSC Board member and as the Treasurer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Broadcast Technology Society.
Samina Husain received her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in 1987 from Concordia University, Montreal and her executive M.B.A in “Management of Technology” in 2008 from University of Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. In her role at Reycom AG, in Switzerland, her areas of responsibilities were within IPTV/OTT solutions business development. In her role previous she focused on IPTV and Hybrid STB business development and headed corporate marketing, at Albis Technologies Ltd. (a spin-off from Siemens Switzerland Ltd.). Prior to this her responsibilities were within solution management for the Nokia Siemens Networks end-to-end IPTV solution. From 2005 to 2006 she was responsible for business development in the China market for the Siemens Home Entertainment IPTV solution. She has over 25 years experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry and has held various roles from customer operations, product management to project management in North and South America, and Europe. She joined IEEE as a university student, and later became a professional member active both in WIE and BTS. At the 2009 BTS symposium she presented a joint paper on the “Business Case and Technical Requirements for IPTV STB”.
I received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications in 1977. I have worked in broadcasting since 1973 in both radio and television. I have planned and constructed two start-up full power television stations. I have extensive experience in planning, design and the construction of all facets of a television station. I am currently responsible for the planning and development of all technology projects at Iowa Public Television including RF transmission facilities, and studio origination facilities throughout the State of Iowa. I am active in future broadcast planning on the national level and serve on a number of committees developing standards for emerging technologies such as hybrid television, mobile digital television and 3D television. I am a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Society of Broadcast Engineers and the Society of Cable Television Engineers ACTIVITIES: SBE: I am the current treasurer for SBE Chapter 109. I have been the chair and vice chair of the chapter. IEEE: I am the current vice president of the Broadcast Technology Society. I served two terms as the BTS president. I chair the IEEE-USA Communications Committee. I am a member of the IEEE.tv advisory committee, the IEEE Future Directions Committee, and IEEE Technical Activities Products and Services Committee SMPTE: I am the Central Region Governor for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. ATSC: I am an active member of the ATSC 3.0 working group creating the standards for the next generation of television broadcasting. MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS: From 1999 - 2009, working at Iowa Public Television I lead the team that puts together the Iowa DTV Symposium, an education event attended annually by more than 400 people which provided industry engineers a forum to learn and understand the challenges, opportunities and technologies applied in the conversion of the television system in the United States from analog to digital. In 2008 I was honored as the Educator of the Year by the Society of Broadcast Engineers for the work I have done with educating the public and professionals regarding digital television. I presented keynote addresses to the China Content Broadcasting Network (CCBN) in March of 2010-12 at their conferences in Beijing, China. In 2011, I was a member of the committee that started the Future of Broadcast Television (FoBTV) initiative in Shanghai, China. The purpose of the initiative is to work on harmonized global standards for digital television broadcasting. I planned, engineered and managed the $47M project for converting Iowa Public Television from analog to digital which included 17 transmission facilities and the studio origination facility. I began writing for TV Technology magazine in 1987 and I have authored a monthly column called The Digital Journal for TV Technology since 1999.
Marta Fernández received the M.Sc. and PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) in 2013 and 2018 respectively. She joined the TSR (Radiocommunications and Signal Processing) research group at University of the Basque Country in 2013, where she is involved in several projects related to radio communication systems. In 2016 she was awarded a PANTHER (Erasmus Mundus) scholarship for visiting the Centre for Wireless Monitoring and Applications of Griffith University, Australia, where she spent 8 months working on Body Area Networks. In 2019, she was awarded a scholarship to conduct a research stay at Queens University Belfast, United Kingdom, where she spent 3 months working on millimeter waves propagation. Her research interests include antennas and radio frequency signal propagation, computational electromagnetics, wireless networks and human exposure to electromagnetic fields in these networks. She has served as a reviewer for several recognized international magazines and conferences. She is the vice-chair of the IEEE BTS Spanish Chapter Chair since 2019, Young Professionals co-chair and contributor to the Women in Broadcast column in the BTS Newsletter.