Indian-American Woman Named Chief Technology Officer of US’ Communications Commission

Indian-American Dr Monisha Ghosh has been appointed as the first woman Chief Technology Officer at the US government’s powerful Federal Communications Commission.

Replacing Dr Eric Burger, Monisha Gosh will advise Indian-American Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai and the agency on technology and engineering issues, and work closely with the Office of Engineering and Technology.

Monisha Ghosh, who will take charge from January 13 next year, received her Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1986. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

She is also a Research Professor at the University of Chicago, where she conducts research on wireless technologies for the internet of things, 5G cellular, next generation Wi-Fi systems and spectrum coexistence.

Before joining the University of Chicago in September 2015, Ghosh worked at Interdigital, Philips Research and Bell Laboratories on various wireless systems such as the HDTV broadcast standard, cable standardisation and cognitive radio for the TV White Spaces. She has been an active contributor to many industry standards.