Edward T. Chao ENG’92 is a globally recognized entrepreneur who over the course of his 30-year in the wireless communications industry has brought disruptive technologies to the market that form the mobile Internet. He is currently CEO of Polte, a 5G positioning tech company recognized as a top Internet of Things (IoT) startup, where he led the company from a couple of engineers in a borrowed conference room to a leading provider of technologies that power IoT solutions globally.
Previously, Chao was an executive at metroPCS where he established the company as a leader in bringing affordable wireless services to the masses. He also held leadership positions at Lucent Technologies-Bell Labs and Nortel Networks, where he helped drive the transformation of cellular communications from fuzzy analog phone calls to what we now know as 4G and 5G. Chao served at the White House as a member of the U.S. Digital Service, an elite technology unit that helps deliver better government services to the American people through technology and design.
Chao earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Rutgers University in 1992. He resides in Dallas with his family and enjoys coming back to New Jersey to visit family, friends, and old colleagues, and to eat at diners.
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