Meet the Team
Senior Principal Investigator
Mr. Birchler joined Roberson and Associates in March, 2011. He led the development and deployment of long-term spectrum observatory systems, supported Federal Communications commission (FCC) policy development on issues, such as spectrum utilization, and provided consultation on dynamic spectrum access coexistence issues. More recently, Mr. Birchler led programs relating to technology and standards associated with Department of Defense (DoD)/commercial spectrum sharing in the 3.5 GHz and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS)-3 bands, as well as a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program which focuses on evaluation of spectrum situational awareness technology.
Prior to joining Roberson and Associates, Mr. Birchler was a Fellow of the Technical Staff in the Applied Research Center at Motorola Mobility, serving as a Research Department Manager and Senior Technical Leader. He held engineering and management positions in Motorola’s Labs and Land Mobile Products Sector Research. He has over 33 years’ experience in wireless technology, including optimized video transport, commercial solutions in licensed and unlicensed bands, public safety solutions, techno-business analysis, geolocation solutions, system simulation, and strategic program development.
Mr. Birchler has 23 issued patents, including a Motorola Regional Patent of the Year and was recognized as a key technical leader through induction into Motorola’s Science Advisory Board. He has extensive experience in wireless standards and FCC policy development and has published numerous technical papers, book contributions, and presentations.
Mr. Birchler received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.