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Software Manager

Cupertino, CA
March 09, 2019

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Tom Tofigh

Cupertino, CA

408-***-**** or Cell 301-***-****


Lead product development, Project program manage, architect, analyze, develop IPRs, evaluate startups, software architecture, design, software integration, network optimization, application performance measurement, design, test, analysis principles/tools, by capitalizing on a wide technological exposure such as LTE, 5G, P4, SDN/NFV, FirsNet– both as an individual contributor and a team leader.


High Performance Wired and Wireless (e.g., LTE, 5G, 802.11AX, ORAN, CORD) Networks; Internet/Network Architecture and Protocols; Software Defined Networks (SDN); Network Function Virtualization (NFV); Machine Learning; Cloud Architecture & Planning; Internet of Things (IoT); Network Modeling; Analysis and Simulations; Performance Optimization; Network Architecture & Economics.

BOOKS & IPRs & Publications

Fourth-generation Wireless Networks: Applications and Innovations 1st Edition

by Sasan Adibi (Author, Editor), Amin Mobasher (Author, Editor), Tom Tofigh (Author, Editor)

Quality of Service Architectures for Wireless Networks: Performance Metrics and Management, coedited

with S. Adibi, R. Jain and M. Tofighbakhsh, Information Science Reference, 2010.

Article Publication:

Intersection of NFV and Big Data Analytics ; 2014 IEEE

Converged Packet-Optical Software Defined Networking, 2017

LTE networking: extending the reach for sensors in MHealth applications

Article first published online: 10 JAN 2013, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Issue: Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies

Various Internal Company Position papers on CDN, Cross layer Design, Intelligent Applications, Embedded systems, Traffic Optimization (2009 – 2018)


IP Networking, Product management, Testing, Advanced Wireless Networks and Infrastructures, Technical Product Management, Network Architect, Software Manager, System Integration and Test, Advanced Traffic Management and QOS, Network Architects, SDN/NFV, Advanced LTE, EPC, 5G, CORD, eSON, Devices, multicore, MPLS, SONET, IPv6, Hardware and Software architecture for mobility core, and smart devices, System Engineering, Embedded Software/Firmware, connection managers, device drivers, embedded agents, QOS, software management and Testing.

Have completed Ph.D. requirements for electrical engineering & computer science at GWU. Taught graduate courses at various universities as an adjunct EECS Department of GWU, Strayer University, South Eastern University.


Doctor of Science degree in Communications Engineering, research area in network security for voice networks, George Washington University, Washington DC, 1993

JD, Northern Virginia Law Weekend Law School, 1995 with emphasis in Patent Law

Master of Science (1982) in Computer Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.

Bachelor of Science (1979) in Computer Science with minor in Electronics Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey.

Continued education in data science program at FUHD, Cupertino CA


VP award for Time Shift as a service invention AT&T, 2012

WiMAX Forum Individual Contribution Award, 2008

WiMAX Forum Individual Contribution Award, 2006

High Level Summary:

16+ years with AT&T Labs, held responsibilities for cross layer designs, performance optimization and requirements of carrier’s networks mobile networks and devices. Served as AT&T representative at Open Network Foundation (ONF) affiliated with Stanford where I was involved with various POCs and architected solutions for ONOS, Packet, optical, SDN/NFV and Mobile CORD architecture development efforts. Principle member of advanced radio technology team responsible for deployment of LTE. Chairman of Application Working Group at WiMAX Forum, responsible for simulation and application performance studies. Represented AT&T at various standards and technical working groups, presented in many key conferences, meet-ups about emerging networks, Analytics, ML, AI, 4G, 5G, SDN, Access, public Safety and NFV conferences and served at industry wide technical panels.

Direct report to AT&T CTO, and R&D executives, responsible for product strategy, network and software architecture. Member of M&A team responsible for evaluation of many start-ups for strategic relationships with various AT&T business units. Responsible for emerging 4G and 5G devices, RAN and advanced services with cloud optimization, open APIs, and SDN/NFV features.

Program managed many products including switches, video services, Big Data Analytics, SDN/NFV solutions with proven track record that spans across many disciplines including mobility networks, protocols, cross layer design, time shift as a service, smart devices, LTE, 5G, MIMO beam forming, Wi-Fi, SOC interconnect, and QOS mechanisms.


2002 – Present Silicon Valley, USA,

Principal Member of Technical Staff (PMTS-II)

AT&T Labs Advanced Network Architecture & Devices (16+ Years)

Active participation and evaluated next generation networks and standards including WiMAX, LTE, WIFI, and advanced LTE.

Contributed to 3GPP, IEEE, Open network Foundation and lead cross layer design best practices with POCs and performance evaluations. Applied ML/AI to network automation and beam forming techniques.

Worked closely with various standard teams (5G America, NGMN, W3C, OMA, ETSI, Small Cell Forum, Wi-Fi) with contributions towards requirements and specifications.

Worked with Internal target architecture teams to position SDN/NFV, AT&T edge cloud, embedded functions and ORAN interfaces between the physical networks and control layer functions.

Product Management Strategic initiatives and evaluation of start-up, technical evaluation of new market opportunities for AT&T and positioning start-ups for alliance with AT&T deployment and business strategies. Lead a few investments for AT&T venture.

Integration and Testing, Innovative solutions to enhance performance aspects of devices in trusted execution environment advanced LTE, small cells. Established principals of open interfaces, APIs, and point of presence to solve the network resource performance and fragmentation issues.

Developed product and services and defined target architecture requirements and solutions for Applications aware networking, traffic caching, multi-dimensional advanced schedulers, embedded baseband kernels, self-organizing networks, and Testing, Integration and cross layer optimization solutions.

Responsible for initiation major intellectual patents, and currently holds over 40 patents awarded and pending. Responsible for development of RFPs, RFIs, and evaluation vendors proposed solutions.

Major contributor to product launches and services within AT&T networks around LTE, Wi-Fi, SON, Small cells, and traffic management functions.

Worked with SOC vendors and established alignment on a project that would enhance network operation by enabling a virtualized connection to handsets which solves the network blindness to the applications.

Initiated number of TIP ideas in IP Networking and target architecture solutions for AT&T emerging services which was adopted for target architecture implementation such as Time Shift as a Service.

Researched impact of mHealth on Big Data which resulted in publication of a position paper on extending the reach for sensors in MHealth applications.

Active participation and evaluated next generation networks and standards including WiMAX, LTE, WIFI, and advanced LTE.

Analyzed Big Data, and Machine learning algorithms as a service based on SDN/NFV models which resulted in new architecture approach known as prepositioning interface for OTT.

Chairman of Application Working Group, Represented AT&T

2004 – 2010 (5 years)

Focused on Application Performance over broadband technology and was responsible for NS2 simulation product Strategy and Alliances with NIST and Universities.

Managed over $500k budget per year for development of simulation tools utilizing universities and best practices, which resulted in adoptions simulation tools by many member companies for to for RAN performance studies. Spokesperson, industry keynotes, investor and analyst presentations

- Chairman, Spokesperson and Chair of AWG

- Regarded as a visionary in application aware networking for 4G industry where he has been instrumental in providing inputs network and service providers groups.

Chelsio Communications, Sunnyvale, CA (2001 - 2002) (2 Years)

Sr. product Manager (Start-up TCP Offload) Fabless Semiconductor

Lead team in new product definition PRD & MRD process working with strategic/tech marketing. Coordinate process for TCP/IP offload engine new product planning. Develop and evolve product road map working with strategic marketing, customers and 3rd party market influencers. Coordinate & manage communications for design wins and development programs; managed internal IC, S/W and H/W team efforts in customer development programs. Develop and maintain competitor product intelligence. Identify and analyze competitor positions and strategies. Manage IC and reference system sampling process to customers and S/W licenses and S/W product release authorizations. Also provided focal point for technical marketing support and sales

Advanced Switching Communications (1998 – 2001) (3 Years)

Software Manager - Architecture, Development, and Testing

Start-up Company, It Went Public 2000. Responsible for Software management, design and development, Integration and test, strategic business plan, technical marketing support, technology planning in MPLS, and 3G wirelesses. Responsible for the development of various protocols, and ATM signaling stacks. Performed software maintenance, system enhancement, development of specification and technical requirements for MPLS, RSVP, BGP and related protocols. Developed traffic management buffer studies for broadband access concentrator product lines. Developed Integration and interoperability test plans for various product components. Conducted software development, and design reviews. Developed overall software development methodology guidelines. Assisted system engineering and marketing team with technical and product feature presentation.

Hyundai Network Systems (1996 - 1998) (2 Years)

Senior Manager - Architecture and Product Development

Software development Management, strategic business planning, technical marketing support, technology planning, contract and financial planning and management of Hyundai Network Systems ATM and Access product lines.

Responsible for product management of TDM/ATM broadband concentrator product lines. Conducted marketing research and developed architecture and technical requirements for ATM access/concentrator product lines. Since 1993 managed E-Systems'/ Hyundai software development, and architecture teams. In this capacity Mr. Tofigh had the responsibility to hire and build the teams and direct the ATM switch software development work activities of a matrixes staff of up 26 software engineers. Also responsible to lead, review the corporate licenses, patents and negotiation processes which includes preparing and presenting technical and contractual issues to the executives of the corporation. Managed and formulating Hyundai Network Systems global strategy for the Access and Concentrator project. April 1996 started with two software engineers, organized Software, and Architecture team for various broadband access Products. Responsibility spanned to management of entire software and system architecture organization for networking products.

MCI Communications Corp. (1986 - 1992), As a result of MCI Acquisition of SBS,

Engineer (Technology Development)

Responsibilities included: Network Virtualization (DAP), Software programing, Testing, technology validation and feasibility analysis, compatibility testing, defining network architecture and specifying network element requirements, recommending technology choices for implementation in the MCI network, as well as preparing technical positions and representing MCI in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committee meetings. Used artificial intelligence and Sybase Data Base Management systems.

Furthermore, designed, developed, coordinated software projects for MCI in the area of network communications, routing, intelligence networks, calling card services, and network security. Worked closely with planning to define requirement and specifications documents. Designed and developed a secured architecture SYBASE DBMS and DEC equipment to perform Credit Card Fraud Detection for MCI's network (multi-million dollars savings per month). Produced requirements, design and operational documentation utilizing MCI's standard software design methodology. Designed and managed software releases to control real time software. Developed switch interface communication software using C language. Extensive research and architecture design of intelligent network and adjunct processors. Creator and developer of fault tolerant multiple software releases from requirements to design and field acceptance testing. Conducted performance study and developed simulation software for performance testing. Ability to motivate resources to achieve quality products and meet schedule objectives.

Satellite Business Systems (SBS) (1982 - 1986) ( 4 Years)

Design Test Engineer.

Responsibilities included: Systems engineering, reliability analysis, technology validation and feasibility analysis, compatibility testing, defining network architecture and specifying network element requirements, and recommending technology choices for implementation in the SBS satellite network. Development and integration of software and hardware in the SBS communication systems.

Responsible for design and code review of real time software by various vendors. Worked closely with vendors and monitored software and hardware development. Performed testing of delivered communication sub-systems. Extensive feasibility study of different communication subsystems including synchronization techniques, and digital cross connects.

Developed real time software to simulate the environment of TDMA earth stations for central reference earth stations controller (CRSC). Developed procedures and plans to verify various satellite communication software. Participated in the design of satellite packet switch X.25 network. Responsible for design and requirement definition of new generation small earth stations. Developed the system level requirements specification and architectural design concept for multi-carrier TDMA switches.

Designed and developed an algorithm to handle Capacity Demand Assignment in multi-carrier TDMA environment. Involved in research and development of uplink power control algorithm, synchronization, and demand assignment. Evaluation of gateways, T1 multiplexers, packet switching, and centralization vs. distributed control networks. Developed and presented extensive training to end users and support.


VP award for Time Shift as a service invention AT&T, 2012

WiMAX Forum Individual Contribution Award, 2008

WiMAX Forum Individual Contribution Award, 2006

PATENTS: Have been awarded over 70+ patents and over 30 are pending.

1. Controlling Network Traffic Using Acceleration Policies, Patent # 10,033,587, July 2018.

2. Network Control of Application Using Application States, Patent # 9,860,672, January 2018.

3. Method, Devices and Computer Readable Storage Devices for Guiding an Application Programming

Interface Request, Patent # 9,813,840, November 7, 2017.

4. Controlling Data Access and Rate in a Network, Patent # 9,647,946, May 9, 2017.

5. Network Control of Application Using Application States, Patent # 9,420,400, August 2016.

6. Network Control of Application Using Application States, Patent # 9,253,095, February 2016.

7. Network Control of Application Using Application States, Patent # 8,995,339, March 2015.

8. Method and Apparatus for Preventing Activation of a Congestion Control Process, Patent

#8,670,309, March 2014.

9. Performance Zones, Patent # 8,526,932, September 2013.

10. Method and Apparatus for Identifying Network Connectivity Changes in Dynamic Networks, Patent

#8,509,098, August 2013.

11. Queue Management Unit and Method for Streaming Video Packets in a Wireless Network, Patent

# 8,443,097, May 2013.

12. Backpressure Mechanism for Switch Fabric, Patent # 7,983,287, July 2011.

13. Backpressure Mechanism for Switch Fabric, Patent # 7,426,185, September 2008.


References: To be furnished upon request

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