Matt Grob is executive vice president and chief technology officer for Qualcomm Incorporated.In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of Qualcomm’s technical path, the coordination of R&D activities across the company and the development of next-generation wireless technologies. Grob also leads Corporate R&D and provides oversight to Qualcomm Corporate Engineering Services.
Matt joined Qualcomm in 1991 as an engineer. His contributions include system design, standardization and project leadership for programs including the early CDMA data services; the Globalstar satellite based mobile voice and data system and later 1x EV-DO high-speed wireless Internet access technology. Matt’s focus on cellular data services led to his assignment as co-project engineer for the HDR (High Data Rate) program starting in 1997. This new high-speed Internet access technology become standardized as 1x EV-DO, and commercialized throughout the world. Innovations and techniques from these programs also benefit UMTS evolution including HSPA. In 1998, Matt became the head of Corporate R&D’s system engineering department.
In 2006, Matt took the role of leading the Corporate R&D division. The division’s mission is to push the boundaries of wireless technology, to innovate and explore new services and technologies – focusing on longer-term and often higher-risk technologies and projects. During the past 5 years, Corporate R&D’s efforts have expanded in scale and scope. While maintaining a very strong focus on core cellular WAN technology, Corporate R&D has broadened its mission to include exciting new areas including Augmented Reality, Wireless Charging, processor and applications enhancements, peer-to-peer technologies, position location, and Wireless LAN.
Matt holds a number of patents in the area of wireless data services and technology and holds a BSEE from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois as well as an MSEE from Stanford University.