As Executive Vice President, Dr. Allen Ecker plays a vital role as an advisor and strategist, working in close contact with company CEO Jim McDonald and the members of the Corporate Management Committee (CMC) and the Corporate Operating Committee (COC) on key initiatives to develop, execute and communicate strategies to address dramatic changes in the telecommunications and broadband markets that are affecting both Scientific Atlanta's and our customers' businesses.
Dr. Ecker has been with Scientific Atlanta since 1976 and has held a number of general management and functional positions. Prior to his current position, he served as president of Subscriber Networks where his responsibilities included new product and system development programs, technical resources and facilities, and technology and system planning in key areas such as communications systems, digital technology, fiber optics and digital networks.
Prior to joining Scientific Atlanta, he was an in-house systems analyst with the Air Force Systems Command. In addition, he served as Director of the Applied Engineering Laboratory for ten years at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Ecker received B.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Ohio State. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Sigma Xi. He is also a well known telecommunications industry spokesman, has supervised over 80 major publications and served as chairman of many industry technical and standards committees.
In 1995 Dr. Ecker was selected as "Innovator of the Year" by Southeastern Cable Television Association (SCTA) for his leadership in the new digital video technology. Another prestigious award followed in October 1999 when he was inducted into the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the high technology community in the state of Georgia.
Ecker was appointed by Governor Miller to the Georgia Information Technology Policy Council and serves as Chairman of the Georgia Radio Communications Committee. He is vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT), member of the Advisory Board of the School of Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech and was recently inducted into Georgia Tech's Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni.