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Paige Atkins - Participant

Paige Atkins is Associate Administrator, Office of Spectrum Management (OSM), within the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  Ms. Atkins leads spectrum management efforts for the executive branch agencies and manages engineering, frequency assignment and certification, national and international spectrum policy, and strategic planning functions.  Her recent efforts have focused on President Obama’s call to identify 500 megahertz for wireless broadband and to increase spectrum sharing and industry/government collaboration as tools for providing spectrum access.

Ms. Atkins joined NTIA as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Spectrum Planning and Policy, leading OSM’s efforts for international spectrum policy, strategic planning, and spectrum affairs and information programs.

Prior to joining NTIA, she was the Vice President of Cyber and Information Technology Research at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, where she led a broad portfolio of research, to include efforts to mature and demonstrate spectrum sharing approaches and technologies. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Ms. Atkins served as Director for Strategic Planning and Information, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), leading the development and execution of resourcing strategies, business practices and strategic alliances to provide enhanced information and communications capabilities and services to our nation’s warfighters and national leadership.

She joined DISA in 2006 as the Director of the Defense Spectrum Organization. In that role, she provided executive leadership to DoD’s center of excellence for electromagnetic spectrum engineering and management, policy development, information systems, modeling and simulation, and operations support.

Prior to DISA, Ms. Atkins served in several industry and government leadership and engineering roles within Cisco Systems, Inc., Scitor Corporation, the DoD Joint Spectrum Center and Gould Ocean Systems Division.

In 2011 Ms. Atkins was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, and has been hand selected to support multiple Defense Science and Business Boards addressing spectrum management challenges and opportunities.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in engineering administration from George Washington University.

Background

Organization

U.S. Department of Commerce

Title

Associate Administrator for the Office of Spectrum Management National Telecommunications and Information Administration