Chair, IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee;
Mr. Nikolich is an executive consultant serving as the Chief Strategy Officer for YAS Broadband Ventures LLC in the technology, standards, intellectual property and venture investing fields since 2001. He is an IEEE Fellow and Chairman of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee since 2000, overseeing the ratification of approximately 150 standards and the 50 current projects in wired and wireless communications networking with 1500+ active members. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board and active leader of the IEEE-Standards Association. He holds several patents, serves on the technology advisory boards of companies developing emerging communications technology products and provides strategic consulting services to executives in the communications industry. In 1998 he co-founded Broadband Access Systems, Inc. (BAS), leading the development of next-generation Cable Modem Termination Systems, where he was Vice President of Technology and Standards. Prior to BAS, Mr. Nikolich has held a number of technical positions of increasing responsibility at large and small networking and technology companies beginning in 1978 (e.g., Racal-Datacom, Applitek, Motorola, Analogic). In 1978&79 he received a BS in Electrical Engineering, a BS in Biology and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y.