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Whitney Q. Lohmeyer, Ph.D.

Lohmeyer

Education

Ph.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University

Select Courses Taught

Quantitative Engineering Analysis
Satellite Systems

Areas Of Interest

Satellite Communications
Wireless Communications
Satellite Systems
International Spectrum Policy

Biography

Whitney Lohmeyer is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Olin College of Engineering. She leads, manages and contributes to research in the field of satellite communications systems. Whitney also works closely with industry to advise on end-to-end system design, antenna systems, RF power amplification, radiation tolerance and spectrum strategy. Whitney is passionate about enabling affordable Internet access in order to generate economic growth and improve healthcare and education. Whitney was the first engineer hired at OneWeb, a company launching hundreds of a low earth orbit communications satellites to provide global broadband and bridge the digital divide. While at OneWeb, she held a variety of roles both technical and policy-focused. As a Systems Engineer, she designed the RF Link Budget and worked on the end-to-end communications system design, focusing on the LTE waveform and the user terminal antenna. Whitney actively contributed to policy reform at the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and United Nations (UN) International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and represented OneWeb on the U.S. Delegation to the 2015 World Radio Conference, the culmination of a three-year regulatory review cycle. Prior to joining the OneWeb team, Whitney worked as a hardware engineer at Google and spent time in technical roles at Inmarsat and NASA.

Whitney received her Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2015 and her M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2013. Both degrees were funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. She earned her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from NC State University in 2011 as the only female in her class of approximately ninety students. She currently serves on the board of North Carolina State University’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department. She has been invited to speak at a variety of events including NC State’s 2018 MAE Commencement Ceremony, the UN Women’s Gender Equality and Mainstreaming (GEM) The Internet of Women: Challenge or Opportunity? and the UN’s and ITU’s Women’s Leadership Workshop on Empowering Women in Radio Communications Negotiations.