Dr. Sam Heidari joined Quantenna in 2009 as vice president of R&D where he led the company’s Wi-Fi technology innovation. Appointed chief executive officer in 2011, he drove the organization in developing the most advanced Wi-Fi hardware and software solutions to date – thereby enabling networking applications previously not thought possible. Prior to Quantenna, he served as chief technology officer and vice president of Engineering at Ikanos Communications Inc. He joined Ikanos as one of the original team members and provided meaningful contributions to its IPO. Dr. Heidari rejoined Ikanos in 2006 via the acquisition of Doradus Technologies Inc., where he had served as president and CEO. Under his management, Doradus grew from founding to profitability within 18 months.
During his long career, Dr. Heidari has also held a variety of senior management and technical positions, within diverse sectors of the wireless and wireline communications and networking industries, at such firms as Sony Electronics, Linkabit Wireless Inc., and Torrey Communications Inc. Dr. Heidari serves on the Global Semiconductor Alliance Board of Directors and on the advisory board for the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Dr. Heidari is a senior member of IEEE and holds more than 40 U.S. and international patents. He has authored multiple refereed journals and conference papers and has provided significant contributions, covering wireline and mobile technologies, to the standard organizations IEEE and ITU-T.
Dr. Heidari was named the 2014 Executive of the Year by the Golden Bridge Awards and the 2017 Executive of the Year by UBM. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in science from Northeastern University, all in Electrical Engineering.