Mr. Nikolich has been serving the data communications and broadband industries developing technology, standards, intellectual property, and establishing new ventures as an executive consultant and angel investor since 2001. He is an IEEE Fellow and has served as Chairman of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee since 2001. As 802 Chairman he provides oversight for 75 active 802 standards and the 50+ concurrent 802 activities in wired and wireless communications networking. 802 has over 750 active members and manages relationships with global/regional standards bodies such as ISO, ITU, ETSI, 3GPP, regulatory bodies, and industry alliances. He is an active IEEE leader in Technical Activities, the Computer Society, and Standards Association.
He is a partner in YAS Broadband Ventures LLC, holds several patents, serves on the boards of directors and technology advisory boards of companies developing emerging communications technology along with being a board member of the University of New Hampshire’s Broadband Center of Excellence. Mr. Nikolich has held technical and business leadership positions at large and small networking and technology companies such as Broadband Access Systems, Racal-Datacom, Applitek, Motorola, and Analogic. In 1978&79 he received a BS in Electrical Engineering, a BS in Biology, and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y (now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering). Paul is a Standards Liaison on the 2021 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.