Wireless research, design and testing - all in one place?
Wireless talent drain is a problem for areas that have lost some of their large companies. By the time other companies move in or spring up from start up stage some of the specialized skills have moved away. This was the realization that hit Dr. Gerry Hayes former head of RF and Antenna Engineering at Ericsson/Sony Ericsson in The Research Triangle Park (RTP). Dr. Hayes enlisted the support of the local area, the Mayor and Town of Wake Forest, a grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation and established the Wireless Research Center of NC.
The Wake Forest based center is a non-profit research and innovation center that is building a reputation as the go-to location for wireless research, design, testing and regulatory engagement - not just for The RTP and North Carolina, but worldwide. Some of its first clients were from as far away as Israel and Sweden, with work today spreading across the east coast and Japan. The center is most active in the wireless and defense markets, but the growing activity in wireless medical devices, utilities and allied markets are dramatically expanding the reach of the center. Dr Hayes commented "our vision for the center was to be an economic stimulus to the region. With our customers, local interest and support, that is becoming our reality."
Author: Marla Akridge, President, Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce