Optical Networking Veteran to Direct Engineering & Manufacturing Operations
RICHMOND, Canada - Jan. 29, 2001 - fSONA Communications
Corp. has hired optical networking veteran Robert Kehr as
director of operations. In this newly created position, Kehr
will be responsible for overseeing the company's , product
engineering and product commercialization activities. He
will also oversee the manufacturing of fSONA's carrier-class
broadband optical wireless systems.
"Robert has always been on the cutting edge of optical
networking," said Theresa Carbonneau, president and
chief executive officer of fSONA. "Now his leadership
and expertise will resonate across our product development,
engineering and manufacturing teams. He joins our company at
a particularly exciting time, as we gear up for the
introduction of our SONAbeam product line to the
Prior to joining fSONA, Kehr was director of technology
development of TeraBeam, a Seattle, Wash.-based Internet
Service Provider, where he managed product development for
high-bandwidth optical wireless systems.
Before joining TeraBeam, Kehr was a program manager at TRW,
where he was responsible for the development and deployment
of a global broadband data collection, processing and
distribution network to support U.S. government operations.
He also co-founded Laser Communications International where
he was responsible for the development and manufacture of
high-performance hardware for free space optical
During service in the U.S. Air Force, Kehr managed the
construction of the nation's Advanced Electro-optical
System, led the development of high energy laser weapons,
and directed the deployment of ground operations to support
global surveillance and communications systems.
Kehr received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering
from the University of Pittsburgh and two advanced degrees.
His master's degrees are in electrical engineering from the
Air Force Institute of Technology and in mechanical
engineering from the California State Polytechnic
fSONA Systems is recognized as the preferred provider of optical wireless solutions for government, enterprise and service provider markets around the globe. Leveraging leading edge advancements in 1550nm optical transmission, the SONAbeam family of systems, based on free-space-optics (FSO), use a globally unlicensed, wireless technology to provide speeds up to 2.5 Gbps over distances up to 7km. For more information visit www.fsona.com
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