Matt Grob is executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and chief technology officer. In this role, he is responsible for oversight of Qualcomm's technology path, coordination of R&D activities across the Company, and development of next-generation wireless and adjacent technologies. The Company’s broad portfolio of research areas includes advanced cellular and unlicensed band technologies, satellite systems, semiconductor technology, computer vision, machine learning, and security technologies. In addition, Grob also oversees Qualcomm Ventures and Qualcomm Corporate Engineering Services, and he is a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.
Grob joined Qualcomm in 1991 as an engineer. His contributions include system design, standardization and project leadership for early CDMA data services; the Globalstar satellite based mobile voice and data system and later 1x EV-DO high-speed wireless Internet access technology. His focus on cellular data services led to his assignment as co-project engineer for the HDR (High Data Rate) program starting in 1997. This new high-speed Internet access technology became standardized as 1x EV-DO and was commercialized throughout the world. Innovations and techniques from these programs also helped UMTS’ evolution to HSPA. In 1998, Grob was promoted to lead the Company’s R&D system engineering group and in 2006, he became in charge Qualcomm’s Corporate R&D division, now known as Qualcomm Research.
The mission of Qualcomm Research is to push the boundaries of wireless, to innovate, and to explore new services and technologies by focusing on longer-term and often higher-risk projects. Under Grob’s leadership, Qualcomm Research efforts have expanded in scale and scope. With offices in Austria, China, Germany, India, Korea, and several in the U.S., Qualcomm Research continues to have a strong focus on core wireless technologies including cellular, unlicensed, satellite, among others, as well as adjacent areas such as contextual awareness, machine learning, semiconductor technology, computer vision and security.
Grob holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Bradley University. He is a member of the IEEE and holds more than 70 patents.