Spectrum Policy Initiative Announcement

Spectrum Policy Initiative Announces Keith Gremban as new Co-director; Pierre de Vries to become Director Emeritus

On September 9, 2021, at the University of Colorado Law School’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Spectrum Policy Initiative Conference “Frontiers in Spectrum Sharing,” Dr. Keith Gremban was announced as a new co-director of its Spectrum Policy Initiative. Gremban will replace co-director Pierre de Vries, who announced he will be shifting to a new role as director emeritus and distinguished advisor of Silicon Flatirons. 

“While Pierre will be missed in his role as co-director, I am heartened that he will remain involved with the center and happy that we can continue to be a home for his research and support his work,” said Amie Stepanovich, Silicon Flatirons executive director. “I am excited to welcome Keith into this role and look forward to working with him alongside Dale Hatfield as the center’s Spectrum Policy co-directors.” 

De Vries became a fellow of Silicon Flatirons in 2008 and co-director of its Spectrum Policy Initiative in 2012. During his time at the center, De Vries had several notable accomplishments, including organizing 16 spectrum conferences, proposing harm claim thresholds (a way to include receivers in managing wireless co-existence), introducing risk assessment methods into spectrum management, and service on the FCC Technological Advisory Council. 

Gremban has been a long-time community member with Silicon Flatirons, and was appointed as a Senior Fellow with the Spectrum Policy Initiative in 2020. He is a nationally recognized expert on wireless communications systems and will join Dale Hatfield, longtime Spectrum Policy Initiative co-director and distinguished advisor, in his new role. 

“It has been a joy and privilege to work with Dale Hatfield over all these years, and I look forward to our ongoing collaboration,” De Vries said. “All my best spectrum policy ideas have been inspired by him, and he’s been the perfect guide and role model. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with the supremely talented people at Silicon Flatirons and Colorado Law, including staff, faculty, and students. I’m deeply grateful for all the help and support I’ve received. I wish Dale and Keith all the best as they continue to build the Spectrum Policy Initiative, and I look forward to working with Amie and the rest of Silicon Flatirons going forward.” 

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