Bluetooth Head, UI Engineering Alumnus Foley to Present Oct. 9

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Michael Foley, executive director of Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), will deliver a 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, free, public talk in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall on the UI Campus.

A part of the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series, the talk will address issues related to the growth of Bluetooth wireless technology. Foley, who earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the UI College of Engineering in 1987, will speak on "Creating an International Standard."

Foley, who joined the SIG in March 2004 as executive director, is responsible for guiding the qualification and interoperability programs, promotion of the technology, the specification publications, and the long-term roadmap of Bluetooth wireless technology. A privately held, not-for-profit trade association, SIG doesn't make, manufacture, or sell Bluetooth-enabled products. Member companies are leaders in the telecommunications, computing, automotive, music, apparel, industrial automation, and network industries who drive development of Bluetooth wireless technology and implement and market the technology in their products.

The "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series is designed to prepare Engineering students for global success. It recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member and retired Exxon USA president and CEO Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara.