John Chapin

National Science Foundation (NSF) — Special Advisor for Spectrum



Dr. John Chapin is Special Advisor for Spectrum at the National Science Foundation, a role in which he serves as program officer in the Electromagnetic Spectrum unit of the division of Astronomical Sciences and advisor on strategic spectrum issues to NSF leadership.

Dr. Chapin’s previous roles include: Program Manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he initiated and led programs in spectrum access and spectrum sharing technology; Vice President, Advanced Technologies for Roberson and Associates, a consulting role in which he led projects for multiple clients; Chief Scientist at TV Band Service, LLC, a startup focused on leveraging television white spaces; Chief Technical Officer at Vanu, Inc., a provider of cellular radio access networks based on software-defined radios; and Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department of MIT.

In recognition of his work in the Department of Defense, Dr. Chapin was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service and the Wireless Innovation Forum International Achievement Award. In recognition of his earlier technical work, Dr. Chapin received the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (I.E.E.E) Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DYSPAN) conference best paper award, Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum best paper award, SDR Forum Industry Achievement Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Dr. Chapin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese History, a Master of Science in Computer Science, and a PhD in Computer Science, all from Stanford University.

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