October 10, 2006
Chairman of the Board, QUALCOMM
is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital
products and services based on the Company’s CDMA digital
technology. Headquartered in San Diego, California, QUALCOMM
is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2005 FORTUNE
500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under
the ticker symbol QCOM.
Dr. Jacobs is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors
of QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code
Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology.
Dr. Jacobs served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company
until July 2005.
Jacobs has led the commercialization of CDMA technology
as the world’s fastest-growing, most-advanced
voice and data wireless communications technology. CDMA is
the basis for all third-generation (3G) wireless networks;
these 3G CDMA networks now carry the voice and data traffic
of more than 150 million subscribers worldwide.
Jacobs holds several CDMA patents, contributing to QUALCOMM’s
extensive portfolio of more than 3,000 issued and pending
U.S. patent applications. More than 125 companies have licensed
CDMA for the manufacturing of wireless devices and network
infrastructure equipment, integrated circuits and test equipment.
Jacobs previously served as co-founder, President, CEO
Corporation, directing its growth
from a few part-time employees in 1969 to more than 1,400
employees in 1985 and first introduction of Ku-band Very
Small Aperature Earth Terminals (VSATs), commercial TDMA
wireless phones, and the VideoCipher® satellite-to-home
TV system. LINKABIT merged with M/A-COM in August 1980, at
which time Dr. Jacobs served on the company’s board
of directors until he resigned from M/A-COM in April 1985.
More than 35 San Diego telecommunications companies, including
QUALCOMM, trace their roots back to LINKABIT.
From 1959 to 1966, Dr. Jacobs was an Assistant/Associate
Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1966 to 1972 he served
as a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the
University of California-San Diego. At MIT, Dr. Jacobs co-authored
a basic textbook on digital communications, entitled Principles
of Communication Engineering. First published in 1965, the
book remains in use today.
Jacobs received a bachelor’s degree in electrical
engineering in 1956 from Cornell University and Master of
Science and Doctor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering
from MIT in 1957 and 1959, respectively.
Dr. Jacobs is the recipient of numerous industry, education
and business awards.
Jacobs is a member of a number of industry and community
committees. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member
of Sigma XI, Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.
Dr. Jacobs also serves on the Council on Competitiveness,
the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Public Awareness
of Engineering, the board of directors of Building Engineering & Science
Talent, the visiting committee of the MIT Laboratory for
Information and Decision Systems, California Council on Science
and Technology, and is past chairman of the University of
California President’s Engineering Advisory Council.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Colonel Danny McKnight
U. S. Army (Ret.)
Danny McKnight retired in January 2002 after serving 28½ years
in a distinguished and highly decorated career as a U. S.
Army Ranger. His experience represents
a lifetime of dedication to the defense of America.
final assignment was as Chief of Staff for First Army,
based at Fort Gillem, Georgia. His efforts
as Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment elements assigned
to Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia were chronicled
in the book Black Hawk Down and the movie by the same name.
In addition to his expertise in many matters military, highlights
of his skills in the leadership and management aspects of
his career include:
• Providing direct financial management, guidance, and oversight of an
annual operational budget of approximately $50 million.
• Developing a strategic planning concept and a measurable
results program to track its successful implementation for
the integration of active and reserve component soldiers
as part of the Army’s training strategy for the year
2000 and beyond.
a staff of more than 300 military and DA civilian personnel
to provide support for a field force
of 10,000 people, who had to meet training requirements for
approximately 250,000 reserve component soldiers.
Col. McKnight also has extensive experience in the areas
of communications, public affairs, and emergency management.
McKnight’s awards and decorations include the
Legion of Merit with Two Oak Leaf Clusters; Bronze Star for
Valor; Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal with Five
Oak Leaf Clusters; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze
Star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead and
Bronze Star; Combat Infantryman’s Badge; Ranger Tab;
Master Parachutist Badge with Bronze Star; and Pathfinder
He graduated from the U. S. Army War College, Air Command
and Staff College, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Ranger
School, Airborne School, and Infantry Officer Basic Course.
He also served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science
at the University of Florida in the Army ROTC Department.
McKnight earned his master’s degree in higher
education and administration from the University of Florida
in 1985 and his Bachelor’s degree in management from
Florida State University in 1973.