RF Academics

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Dr. Rikin Thakker is one of the co-founders of RF Academics – an initiative started by a group of elite professors to cater to industry’s need of quality education at corporate speed. Along with teaching, he is also responsible for training, content and business development activities for RF Academics. Dr. Thakker is also a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). He has over 15 years of experience in the field of cellular and wireless communications. He has helped design, deploy and maintain cell sites with 3G and 4G technologies for major cellular operators in the United States. Before joining the university full time, he was working for CommScope as an Engineering Manager for their Active Wireless Products group.

Dr. Thakker earned his M.S. in Telecommunications from UMCP and his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University. His research tried to validate the “spectrum scarcity” notion by modeling the wireless ecosystem using System Dynamics techniques. His research interests include efficient spectrum management techniques, interference analysis and optimal allocation of spectrum, design of cell sites by employing co-siting techniques, in-building wireless capacity and coverage optimization, and system dynamics.

Dr. Thakker has designed several graduate level courses related to Cellular Network Infrastructure, Wi-Fi Technologies and DAS/Small Cells for the Masters in Telecommunication program at UMCP. He received Instructor of the Year award for the program in 2014. He also serves on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of System Dynamics Application (IJSDA).