Rob Chandhok serves as senior vice president of software strategy for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), and president of Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC), a wholly owned Qualcomm subsidiary. In his role as senior vice president of software strategy, Chandhok is responsible for the strategies underlying the development and productization of Qualcomm’s mobile software technologies, and the integration of mobile operating systems and the applications written to them with the company’s industry-leading chipsets. As the president of QuIC, Chandhok drives the strategies and development of enabling and optimizing open source software with Qualcomm technology and relationships with the broader open source community.
Previously, Chandhok, who has been with the company for eight years, spearheaded the strategic development for some of the company’s most significant projects. As vice president of engineering and market development, he acted as the chief system architect for MediaFLO, the technology that underlies the FLO TV mobile TV network used by Verizon Wireless and AT&T, while also managing marketing and international business development for MediaFLO. He was a key member of the management team that developed and launched the company’s Brew mobile software business, and he led the company’s engineering and market development efforts for QChat, VoIP push-to-talk over CDMA IP data, a technology subsequently licensed by Sprint-Nextel.
At VoIP startup, SunRocket, Chandhok served as chief product officer. He established the company’s San Diego offices and brought his vision for IP-based home-centric data communications products and services to the company. His responsibilities quickly grew to include all of R&D engineering in SunRocket’s Washington, D.C.-area home office.
Early in his career, he worked as a research computer scientist at the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science for more than 10 years, before leaving to found Within Technology. While at Carnegie Mellon, Chandhok was published in the research areas of programming systems and computer-supported collaborative work. Chandhok served as president of Within Technology, which he founded in 1993 to commercialize research and new product development in the area of computer-mediated communication.
Chandhok holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.