Board Members

Mark A. McHenry

Mark has more than 25 years of experience in communications system design and is considered a leading authority in cognitive radio technology and RF spectrum issues. Mark was a co-founder and CTO of San Diego Research Center, Inc., a wireless research and development company that was sold to Argon ST. Prior to that, he was a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He also has worked at SRI International, Northrop Advanced Systems, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics, Hughes Aircraft and Ford Aerospace. In 2006, he was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC). He was named the 2006 Engineer of the Year by the D.C. Area Council of Engineering and Architectural Studies. In 1997, Mark received the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Award for Outstanding Achievement, and in 2000 he received the OSD Award for Exceptional Public Service. Mark earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, an M.S.E.E. from University of Colorado, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.

Michael A. Daniels

Mike served as chairman of Network Solutions Inc. (NSI) from 1995 to 2000. He led NSI through a successful initial public offering in 1997, a second offering in 1999, and a follow-on offering of $2.3 billion in 2000. Five years after he led the purchase of NSI, he was instrumental in the company’s sale on SAIC’s behalf for $19.6 billion. His DoD experience includes working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on numerous international commissions and advisory boards; supporting the United States Trade Representatives International Investment Policy Advisory Commission; presiding as a U.S. National Commissioner to UNESCO; serving as a senior White House advisor on international technology; and, serving as a senior advisor to the National Security Council. Daniels has served as CEO, chairman or board member at companies that were successfully acquired, including Apogen Technologies, GlobalLogic and Mobile365. He currently serves as chairman of Logistics Management Institute and Invincea; and is on the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council, Mercury Computer Systems and CACI International.

Mark A. Frantz

Mark is the co-founder of BlueDelta Capital Partners, a growth capital firm focused on the U.S. Federal Government Technology (GovTech) marketplace. Mr. Frantz currently serves on the Board of Directors/Advisory Board for numerous privately-held growth companies and non-profit organizations. Mr. Frantz has served as the Managing General Partner of In-Q-Tel (the strategic venture capital affiliate of the U.S. Intelligence Community), a Principal with Carlyle Venture Partners, a Partner at RedShift Ventures, the Associate to the Senior Chairman at Alex Brown, the economic and technology policy advisor to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and the Associate Director of The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs under President George H. W. Bush. During his career, Mark has had the privilege and pleasure of investing in and working with a number of successful companies and their excellent management teams, including 42Six (acq. by CSC) NetWitness (acq. by EMC/RSA), Sourcefire (Nasdaq: “FIRE”, then acquired by Cisco), Blackboard (Nasdaq: “BBBB”, then acquired by Providence Equity), Imagitas (acq. by Pitney Bowes), ISR Solutions (acq. by Stanley Works), Compusearch (acq. by Arlington Capital & JMI Equity), Intelliworks (acq. by Hobsons), ODIN Technologies (acq. by Quake Technologies) and New Media Strategies (acq. by Meredith Corp). Mr. Frantz holds J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. degree from Allegheny College, where he was a NCAA All-American swimmer. He is a former frequent qualifier for the USA Triathlon national championships.

William J. Merritt

Prior to becoming president and CEO of InterDigital in 2005, Bill was the company’s general patent counsel for four years and played a key role in building a program of licensing InterDigital’s intellectual property and overseeing the growth in its patent licensing business. Prior to joining InterDigital in 1996, he served as assistant general counsel with the Long Island Lighting Company. Earlier in his career, Bill concentrated his engineering efforts with Public Service Electric and Gas Company and Stone & Webster. Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Juris Doctorate from Temple University.

Robert M. McDowell

McDowell is currently a partner and co-leader of Cooley LLP’s global communications practice, where he provides strategic legal, business, and public policy advice to clients on domestic and international matters in the telecommunications, media, technology, and digital media industries. He also serves as senior advisor at Berenson & Co. and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for the Economics of the Internet. McDowell was appointed to the FCC by Presidents George W. Bush (2006) and Barack Obama (2009), and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate each time. During his seven years as an FCC Commissioner, McDowell spearheaded policies that addressed all aspects of the Internet, wireless technologies, broadband competition, and communications equipment and devices, as well as radio and satellite services. Prior to the FCC, he had nearly 20 years of private sector experience in the communications industry, working at trade associations CompTel (now INCOMPAS) and America’s Carriers Telecommunications Association (ACTA), and law firms Helein & Associates PC and Arter & Hadden.