2019 Summer Session for Young Professionals

SummerSession2019pic7 September 2019 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

George Mason University
3351 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, Virginia
United States 22201

  • Building: Van Metre Hall (Van Metre Hall was previously known as Founders Hall) 
  • Room Number: 113
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This one-day session provides an opportunity for Young Professionals and knowledge workers to better understand the 5G mobility ecosystem. 5G may be described as a network of networks with applications and services that may transform several adjacent industries. This session is designed to give attendees the opportunity to learn about 5G and Beyond. Prior knowledge of the mobility ecosystem is not required. 

The IEEE Future Networks Education Working Group (WG) provides recurring winter and summer sessions where speakers from industry, government, or academia discuss diverse topics related to technology, business, governance, regulatory, etc. The intent is to provide the attendees with an appreciation of the technologies, issues and the key benefits. Collaboration and the exchange of ideas from different perspectives are strongly encouraged.

Please contact IEEE Future Networks Education WG and the Greater Washington DC IEEE chapters for additional information. 

  • Co-sponsored by Northern Virginia Chapter of Communications Society. 


 Tentative Agenda

Title Speaker Presentation
Welcome Remarks     
Introduction Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet  Download PDF
5G RAN Overview  Noman Alam, Sprint  Download PDF
Antenna Design for 5G Back-Hauling and 5G Back-Hauling Requirements  Dr. Ahmed Kausar, VT iDirect   
5G Architecture Overview  Dr. Srini Gottumukkala, OpusNet Download PDF
5G Road to Realization  Bhupinderjit S. Mann, TeleWorld Solutions Download PDF
Smart Cities Roadmap Framework Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet  Download PDF

Microgrid 101 

Dr. Liling Huang, George Mason University  Download PDF
Closing Remarks     



Metro - This location is metro accessible and is between the Clarendon & Virginia Square stops on the Orange and Silver lines.

On Site Garage Parking - After 5pm on Fridays and all day on Saturday and Sunday, there is a flat daily rate of $8.

Street Parking – Limited residential street parking may also be available within a short walk, e.g. south of Wilson Blvd/10th St.

Additional transportation directions may be found at https://transportation.gmu.edu/arlington/#transportation


Abstracts and Speakers 

5G RAN Overview

Cellular Technology has come a long way from initial voice only services to data, where now 5G will be able to deliver a broadband experience to its users which will be on par with the high speed fiber connections that we are now so used too. We will walk through on the need for 5G, its vision and targeted use cases. While 4G LTE over the last few years have enabled a true mobile experience which we are now all accustomed too, as we move towards the future the need to fulfill the capacity requires us to move to the next generation. 5G compared to its predecessor provides a wide range of spectrum both below Sub-6 and in mmWave range. Upcoming use cases requires the network to be more sensitive to latency and require the frame structure to be more flexible. As part of the presentation we will cover the flexible frame structure and the numerology, discuss the current NR Operating bands that have been defined in the standards both in the FR1 & FR2 ranges. We will also discuss the impact of Massive MIMO on both sub 6 and mmWave Spectrum.

Noman Alam currently serves as a Manager for New Technology Planning at Sprint with responsibility for long term planning of radio access networks (LTE & 5G). Noman has over 18 years of experience in the industry working with multiple operators & vendors working through lifecycles of multiple generations of cellular technologies from 2G/3G/4G and now on 5G. As part of long term technology planning Noman is responsible for a RAN roadmap on both LTE/5G, spectrum utilization planning, link budget and competitive technology assessments.

Noman has broad experience on setting up long term strategy for operators, in the past he has provided strategic consulting to multiple clients helping them with assessment and development of technology strategy. Noman Alam holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University as well as an MBA from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. His area of focus are 5G, Internet of things (IoT), digital transformation, spectrum valuation, Industry 4.0 and strategic planning. 

Antenna Design for 5G Back-Hauling & 5G Back-Hauling Requirements

5G networks are expected to support multiple Gbits/s of data-rates. There is no ample bandwidth available at lower frequency band. Therefore, mm-Wave spectrum is expected to be used for 5G networks. Verizon and AT&T have already conducted successful test at mm-Wave spectrum and Verizon is expected to launch 5G networks in 30 cities by end of 2020. While mm-Waves provide impeccable speeds, high path loss and absorption by atmospheric particles are the key challenges of mm-Wave spectrum. Smart adaptive beam-forming antennas can mitigate these challenges by improving signal to interference noise ratio. Smart antennas have the capability to form beam in accordance with the environment. In the talk I will be covering various scenarios for practical implementation of 5G networks and use of smart antenna for 5G back-hauling. Different 5G antenna design topologies will also be discussed.

Ahmed Kausar is working as a Phased Array Antenna Engineer at VT iDirect. He has been actively researching in the area of antenna design for the last ten years. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineer from Boise State University, his research is focused on antenna design for next generation communication systems. He is author of various technical papers and he holds a patent on reconfigurable antennas for millimeter-waves.

5G Architecture Overview 

Srini Gottumukkala is a Chief Architect at OpusNet. Srini is a Wireless Network professional since early 90s mainly working on Mobile emerging technologies, Architecture and Protocols based on 3GPP specifications and started his career working for Qualcomm and Northern Bell Research labs (NBR) since early 90s and has been a wireless architect at Nokia Siemens Mobile Networks during 2000s and later worked at T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel since 2005. Currently working on 4G and 5G technologies in the areas of Core Networks, Subscriber Provisioning & Management and Security.

He is a subject matter expert in 3GPP based Protocols and Performance modeling & analysis, Prototype Design, Radio Access Networks and Core (RAN and NAS) of LTE, UMTS, GSM, CDMA, LCS, LBS and Assisted Wireless Global Positioning System (A-GPS), Use case modeling of HSS, PCRF and Provisioning systems. He worked on OMA specs and Network management aspects based on SNMP, CMIP, designed Management Information Base (MIBs) based on SNMP and CMIP  for wireless products. 

Srini has a Masters and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India

5G Road to Realization

So we all hear about 5G whenever and wherever we turn to wireless news. But what it really means. What are the different flavors of 5G and what are the different challenges of realizing a practical 5G network? Will it be viable business case and what about 4G? Lets see if we can answer some of those questions.

We will go over what the 4 US carriers are doing as of today. What are the technical and business challenges. What is the capability of mmWave vs. Mid band 5G. How strategy for 5G testing needs to be different from 4G.

Bhupinderjit Mann is the Senior VP Engineering and Technology at TeleWorld Solutions, where he leads the engineering organizations and technology advancements. His expertise is in the domain of wireless network engineering from design, optimization and forecasting of current and future networks. He is also responsible for development of customized solutions for clients in the domain of 4G/5G technologies, wireless data analytics, IoT and NaaS.

He brings with him 20 years of national and international exposure from both OEM and Network side. Prior to joining the TeleWorld team, Bhupinder served various key roles at Sprint, Motorola and a large international carrier. He has also published various articles on HetNet, VoLTE and 5G networks.

A Framework for Smart Cities 

Smart Cities are dynamic environments that involve competing demands for services among a diverse stakeholder mix. Cities may need to make adjustments to provide services across ecosystems in different stages of growth. This presentation includes smart cities challenges and technology enablers, governance for a dynamic ecosystem of ecosystems structure, strategic ecosystem alignments, and smart city performance and policy implications.

Narendra Mangra is a wireless mobility advisor at GlobeNet. His experience extends across the wireless mobility ecosystem and mobile network deployment lifecycle within academia, government and industry. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Volgeneau School of Engineering at the George Mason University. Narendra is also the Applications and Services Co-Chair and Summer School Chair for IEEE Future Networks. He leads the IEEE Smart Cities roadmap development initiative and recurring industry focused educational sessions for Young Professionals.

Narendra has extensive consulting experience in the mobile satellite and cellular communications, public safety communications, information technology, higher education, and federal & local government sectors. His business and technical consulting experience includes strategy development, procurements including solicitation development, spectrum management, RF network planning and optimization, mobile terrestrial and satellite network deployments, operational & business support systems, international and prepaid roaming, and project management. He holds an MSEE and BSEE from Polytechnic University, MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate. His current interests include the 5G ecosystem, Smart Cities and interconnected ecosystems.

Microgrid 101

The world’s power systems are beginning to decentralize, decarbonize, and democratize. It is driven by the need to keep low electricity rate, replace aging infrastructure, improve grid resilience and reliability, reduce carbon footprint to mitigate climate change, and provide reliable electricity to areas lacking power grids. Microgrids have been identified as a key component of the smart grid to meet the need of the future power systems. In this talk, we will discuss the basic operation of power systems, and the architecture, real-world applications, challenges and future prospects of microgrids.

Liling Huang joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University as an Associate Professor in 2017. She earned her PhD in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining George Mason University, she was a professor in the Engineering Department at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), and taught at Southeastern University for one year prior to joining NVCC.  She was a certified professional engineer at Taiwan Development and Trust Corporation for 5 years. She was granted a scholarship from Taiwan government to conduct research on energy management systems in high-rise buildings at Virginia Tech. Upon the completion of her research, she proposed the energy-efficient design guidelines for high-rise buildings. During her teaching career, she has instructed and developed a variety of engineering courses including face-to-face, hybrid and online courses. Huang received the Outstanding Service to Education award from NVCC in 2013. She was nominated for University Teaching Excellence Award at George Mason University in 2018. Her research interests include renewable energy integration, data analytics applications in power systems, and power system protection.