Dr. Ron Nordin is the Director of Research at Panduit Laboratories, Panduit Corp. He received his BSEE from Purdue University in 1977, M.S. EE and Ph.D. EE from Northwestern University in 1979 and 1984 respectively. He joined Panduit in 2002 in the Network Systems Division engaged in the research and development of advanced cabling products. Prior to Panduit, he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff / Technical Manager at Bell Laboratories / Lucent Technologies engaged in the research and development of switching and access systems for 25 years. At Bell Labs he was involved in many aspects of research and development of access technologies including analog and digital Line interfaces, passive optical networks (PONs), Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) systems, application agile Switching Fabrics, ADSL systems and multi-gigabit ATM access systems. He is an active member of IEEE and is involved in various standard developments. Ron has been awarded more than 10 patents, co-authored 7 technical books, and has published numerous technical papers.