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Ben Posthuma
Connectivity Solutions Manager at Kymeta


Ben is an accomplished strategist, architect, and thought leader in next-generation communications systems intended to connect the disconnected across the world. For nearly the last two decades, Ben has been building, imagining, integrating, deploying, and leading the establishment of complex communications networks in any environment imaginable across the world so those who rely on communications can stay connected. Ben began his career as a Communications Electronics Engineer in the United States Marine Corps. There, he gained an appreciation for the demand that communications systems, particularly those relied upon in critical situations, must be robust, dependable, and leverage the best that industry can offer.

From there, Ben joined a major defense contractor and worked as the flight test director and chief engineer of a research and development group which specialized in rapidly deployable airborne-based networks; networks that were intended to provide mission critical communications in denied or austere environments. Notably, Ben was the flight test director and overall integration director for an award-winning urgent operational need program which connected disparate networks across the battlefield from high altitude, long endurance aircraft. Travelling to active military theatres, Ben also led the initial deployment of this technology which had an immediate life-saving impact. Additionally, Ben was the chief engineer of a program which brought a persistent and robust communications gateway into the stratosphere.

Feeling an urgency to support growing domestic communications challenges, Ben joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology to continue researching methods of bringing critical communications to first responders. Working to support the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, Ben led efforts to research the optimal way of rapidly delivering LTE-based public safety networks in any environment. This research leveraged forward looking concepts within industry to include edge-based computing, software defined networking, deep learning, and self-optimizing networks and is designed to keep first responders connected regardless of location or condition.

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  • Leveraging Mobile Satellite-Enabled Vehicles for Rural 5G Connectivity