Mr. Nikolich is an executive consultant serving the data communications and broadband industries in the technology, standards, intellectual property and venture investing fields since 2001. He is an IEEE Fellow and Chairman of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee since 2001, overseeing 75 standards, the ratification of approximately 160 new standards and amendments, and the 50 current projects in wired and wireless communications networking with 1000+ active members. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board and active leader of the IEEE-Standards Association. He is a partner in YAS Broadband Friends LLC and holds several patents, serves on the technology advisory boards of companies developing emerging communications technology. In 1998 he co-founded Broadband Access Systems, Inc. (BAS), leading the development of next-generation Cable Modem Termination Systems, where he was Vice President of Technology and Standards. Prior to BAS, Mr. Nikolich has held a number of technical positions of increasing responsibility at large and small networking and technology companies beginning in 1978 (e.g., Racal-Datacom, Applitek, Motorola, Analogic). In 1978&79 he received a BS in Electrical Engineering, a BS in Biology and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y.