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Rudi Schubert

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Rudi Schubert is the Director, New Initiatives for the IEEE Standards Association, with leadership responsibilities for the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program and the IEEE Industry Connections program. Prior to joining the IEEE-SA, he was a Principal Engineer with EnerNex Corporation, and a program manager for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) with a focus on its testing and certification initiatives. Rudi has a 20+ year record of leading, developing and implementing industry standards and testing programs, assuring expectations for functional performance, compatibility, product robustness and safety are achieved. He is recognized as a technical expert and industry thought leader on conformance and interoperability programs. He began his career as a nuclear power plant design analyst, and then moved to a test engineering position in the telecommunications industry with Telcordia Technologies, establishing technical criteria and test methodologies that would eventually become a mandated compliance and certification standard used by US telecom carriers in assessing product and system suitability for deployment. His responsibilities at Telcordia expanded to leadership of its Network and Product Integrity organization, providing comprehensive management of the consulting and laboratory technical services delivered to enhance the integrity of its client’s communications network infrastructures. His teams provided services spanning switching, signaling and VoIP technologies, broadband access and optical transport technologies, fiber optic connectivity products, communication facility operations issues including energy efficiency, electrical/mechanical robustness, and network infrastructure integrity testing. Testing programs included the delivery of certification services for major telecom service providers, as well as major network equipment suppliers. Significantly, his team played an instrumental role in Verizon’s ground breaking fiber optic network deployment (FiOS) providing the product functional and robustness criteria, detailed laboratory and field testing methodologies, and product conformance evaluations required by the carrier to assure that their investment in this first of its kind network delivered customer expectations for high performance and reliability, as well as providing an infrastructure prepared for future demand. Laboratories under his direction achieved accreditation by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) through adherence to ISO 17025 lab quality standards. He has been an active participant in national and international standards activities, and has participated in the ANSI Conformity Assessment Policy committee.

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