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FCC Finally Fills Long Vacant Chief Technologist Post

The Federal Communications Commission appointed a Carnegie Mellon University professor as its new chief technologist, a position that has been vacant for the last three years.

Jon M. Peha, a professor of electrical engineering and public policy, started his one-year assignment today. He was picked by Chairman Kevin J. Martin and will serve as the chairman's senior adviser on communications technology in the FCC's Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.

"I am confident that Dr. Peha's expertise will be beneficial to the Commission as it moves forward to address numerous complex, technical issues," Martin said in a statement.

Peha has served as the chief technical officer of three high-tech start-ups and as a member of the technical staff at SRI International, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Microsoft. He has written on computer and telecommunications networks in his book, "Science Technology Advice for Congress".

Peha received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from Brown University.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 1, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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