CHARLES C. BYERS is Associate Chief Technology Officer of the Industry IoT Consortium, and CTO of Valqari, LLC.  He works on the architecture and implementation of edge computing systems, common platforms, media processing systems, drone delivery infrastructure, and the Internet of Things.  Previously, he was a Principal Engineer and Platform Architect with Cisco, and a Bell Labs Fellow at Alcatel-Lucent.  During his three decades in the telecommunications networking industry, he has made significant contributions in areas including voice switching, broadband access, converged networks, VoIP, multimedia, video, modular platforms, edge-fog computing, drone ground support and IoT.  He has also been a leader in several standards bodies, including serving as CTO for the Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFog Consortium, and was a founding member of PICMG’s AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA subcommittees.

Mr. Byers received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  In his spare time, he likes travel, cooking, bicycling, and tinkering in his workshop.  He holds over 125 US patents.