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Dr. Rajendra Singh

(BT/EE/1975)

Dr. Rajendra Singh, fondly called as Raj, is a serial entrepreneur with many successful companies to his credit including the LCC (Lightbridge Communications Corporation) International, a world leader in providing wireless voice and data turn-key services to the telecommunications industry. Dr. Singh has actively contributed to the academic and professional development of the wireless telecommunications industry. In 1999, Forbes counted him amongst the top billionaires in the USA. In 2001, IIT Kanpur conferred upon him the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his outstanding contributions in developing path-breaking wireless mobile radio communication technologies and setting up telecommunication companies of truly international standards. "There is no better way than education to make this world a better place."

Profile

Dr. Singh completed his bachelors in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1975 following which he went abroad to the USA for higher studies. In 1977, he obtained his MS degree from the University of Maine at Orono and in 1979 completed his Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University at Dallas, Texas. In 1980, his doctoral dissertation on 'spectrum efficient schemes for mobile radio communications' got published. From 1979 to 1982, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Kansas State University and city college of New York, USA. During his years in academics, Dr. Singh focused on the area of wireless mobile radio communication technologies. He served as a member of numerous electrical engineering societies and held distinguished record of academic achievements including the organization of and participation in the CTIA scientific panel which investigated time dispersion for TDMA and FDMA.

In the late 1982, while working on a problem, he and his wife succeeded in writing a software program that could quickly calculate radio tower interference for new cellular telephone systems. The husband-wife duo sent the code to Wayne Schelle of the Schelle Cellular Group Inc. who found that the program could save his company $80,000. Soon, the duo became widely popular for combining software with radio spectrum and started receiving more work. In 1983, he co-founded LCC (Lunayach Communications Consultants) with his wife. The company went on to work with all major access technologies and participated in the success of some of the most sophisticated wireless systems in the world. It has performed technical services for the largest wireless operators in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Since 1983, he has served the company in different capacities including being the President, the CEO, the Treasurer and eventually the Chairman of the Board of the Directors.

Besides being associated with LCC, Dr. Singh set up several other ventures. These include APEX, a company that connected cell circuits to prevent mobile fraud; Teligent Inc., a NASDAQ listed company with over 3000 employees; PORTATEL del sureste, a cellular wireless services company in Mexico; TRICOM, a digital SMR system in Mexico; chamber Biz, a B-2-B internet company; Telcom Ventures, LCC, a holding company for personal investments; and many others where he has invested a large amount such as Portugal GSM system and service, BPL cellular for a GSM cellular system in Bombay India, and Aether Systems Inc. Most of Dr. Singh's companies have performed exceedingly well. Some of these have been acquired by other companies including the LCC International that was acquired by Tech. Mahindra in February 2015.

In 2008, Dr. Singh announced his retirement from the Board of LCC. "It has given me great personal rewards, and it has enabled LCC to be what it is today. It is with a real sense of accomplishment and an interest in giving back that I decided the time has come to explore other activities, including charitable and philanthropic work."

Currently, Dr. Singh focuses on philanthropic work and supports education and livelihood programs across India. IIT Kanpur too is a beneficiary of his generosity where the husband-wife duo has set up a chair in their name 'Raj and Neera Singh Chair'. On 23 September 2016, the duo was honored by the American India's Foundation for their outstanding leadership and philanthropy.