Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.


CTO, InterDigital

Dr. Rajesh Pankaj was formerly a senior vice president of engineering at Qualcomm Research. He previously oversaw Qualcomm Research’s Systems Engineering and Systems Integration and Test departments in San Diego. He also directed Qualcomm Research’s international offices in Austria, China, Germany, India, and Korea. In that role, Dr. Pankaj led the operational efforts for a broad portfolio of research projects with topics ranging from next-generation wireless networks to innovative technologies such as 3G HetNets, LTE, and small cells. Another project under Dr. Pankaj’s purview is pervasive computing, commonly known as context-awareness. Dr. Pankaj joined Qualcomm over 15 years ago, originally working on CDMA 1xEV-DO and helped drive wireless standards and improve 1xEV-DO performance. After the successful commercialization of 1xEV-DO, he worked on the next generation of that technology, 1xEV-DO Rev. A. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Dr. Pankaj was an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, where he conducted research on networks, with an emphasis on all-optical and ATM networks. He holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur. Dr. Pankaj holds more than 15 patents and is a member of IEEE.