Employment History

NextGen Datacom, Inc. (Owner)

Frank Koperda

·         (1999 - Present) Data Communications Consulting

Working with a variety of customers on creating new datacom products, helping investors evaluate opportunities, and patent protection for products.  The product development has included, Home Networking (CableHome), Wireless (IEEE 802.11), Voice over IP (VoIP) transport products, ADSL, and big data.

DocuNOWledge, LLC

·         (2010 - 2014) DocuNOWledge, LLC

The company provided the marketing and licensing of the document search/classification. This patented technology developed by NextGen Datacom implemented “big data” searching of USPTO Utility patents, patent applications, European patents, and publicly available Defense Department documents (DTIC). Experiments were conducted showing the algorithms worked effectively on documents written in other human languages (e.g. French, German, Spanish).

Hayes Microcomputer Products

·         (1998 - 1999) Director of Research and Systems Engineering

The group was responsible for defining future products, determining the key technologies required for the future and establishing relationships with other companies.  This group was also responsible for determining standards participation, reviewing Intellectual Property issues and ensuring common, interoperable features across all product lines including ADSL, Remote Access servers, and Home LANs.

BellSouth Telecommunications

·         (1996 - 1998) Distinguished Member of Technical Staff -Exploratory Development

I helped develop the Passive Optical Network (PON) fiber delivery systems within FSAN (15 international telcos), a hybrid fiber-wireless system, and network computing. Part of the job involved understanding how the technologies are likely to evolve, new business opportunities enabled by the technologies and which ones will become cost effective for this environment.

Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

·         (1994 - 1996) Chief Architect for Data Communications

Lead System Architect for Data over CATV.  Worked with customers to develop product and system requirements.  Developed new data protocols, did performance analysis, scheduling, cost estimating, staffing, and the IEEE 802.14 standards.  Was awarded several US patents for the data-over-cable architecture.

IBM (1977 - 1994)

·         (1990 - 1994) Communications Architecture

Modified Fibre Channel Standard (ANSI X3T9.3) to allow multimedia packets using Q.2931

Modified MPEG-2 DSMCC protocol to allow more flexibility

Designed wireless protocols and worked with IEEE, created industry association, lobbied FCC

Writing LAN Access Agent for BBNS (ATM network)

·         (1989 - 1990) Communications Concentrator

Hardware project lead of 2 Gb/s fast packet switch

Switch had SONET, T1, T3, HiPPI, RVX, LAN, FDDI, X.25 links

Received patents for design to multicast packets through network

·         (1986 - 1989) 3471 / 3476 Terminal

VLSI design of integrated micro, CRT ctlr, keyboard cntrl, 1.5 mb/s com link

Programming to recognize brain waves for control of CRT cursor

Programming to recognize facial muscle movement for control of PC

·         (1984 - 1986) 3472/Infowindow:(first IBM multimedia terminal)

Design of PC card to attach to phone line, record & playback speech, speech recognition

Programming of speech recognition (parameter extraction, word boundary, template matching)

Application programming

·         (1983 - 1984) Integrated Telephone/Terminal

Project lead and programming of SNA type 2 terminal emulation

Communications programming of SDLC and BISYNC

Application programming

·         (1982 - 1983) PBX Advanced Call Processing:(first IBM PBX)

Software design of advanced call processing using Series/1 attached to PBX

Project lead and programming of custom operating system for PC attaching to PBX

·         (1980 - 1982) 4975 Printer:(first IBM desktop printers)

Card design of microprocessor based printer including power drivers for printhead and motors

Programming of motor control, printhead control and BISYNC communications using 8085

Design of new technique for determining printhead position using magnetic delays

·         (1979 - 1980) System/23:(first IBM desktop computer)

Hardware design and programming of floppy disk subsystem 

Standardization within IBM of diskette information formats

Concept and design of first IBM PC (68000 based)

·         (1977 - 1979) Series/1:(first IBM minicomputer)

Hardware design and programming of I/O card for hard disk drive

Hardware design and programming for magnetic bubble and CCD storage

Operating System programming