Geert Awater joined Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, in 1994. He worked on research and prototyping of OFDM and MIMO modems for application in wireless LAN. In 2001, he co-founded Airgo Networks, a company that developed and marketed the first commercial MIMO-OFDM wireless LAN chipset. The techniques pioneered in this product formed the basis of the IEEE 802.11n standard. At Qualcomm, which acquired Airgo Networks in 2006, he continues to work on algorithm and standards development for advanced Wi-Fi systems. Awater graduated from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, in 1989 and earned his PhD from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 1994.