Dr. William Young received a MS from Washington State University, Pullman in 1998 and a PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006, both in electrical engineering. At Sandia National Laboratories, between 1998 and 2003, his contributions included design, validation testing, information security assessment, and accreditation of communication systems for the DoD, the Defense Science Organization in Singapore, and the Bureau of Reclamation. Selected for the Sandia Doctoral Studies Program in 2003, his research focused on optimizing RF propagation from ad hoc wireless arrays and characterizing RF penetration of large buildings. From 2006 to 2010 at Sandia, Dr. Young investigated electromagnetic interference on wireless LANs applied to space-borne telemetry applications, and the use of MIMO for perimeter intrusion detection.
From 2010 to 2018 at NIST, Dr. Young developed radiated test methods for evaluating the RF performance of wireless communication devices, including the application of electromagnetic reverberation chambers and real-world RF environment statistics for the National Fire Protection Association Electronic Safety Equipment Committee. He was a key technical contributor to the NFPA 1982: Standard for RF Personal Alert Safety Systems, and the ANSI C63.27 – Standard for Evaluation of Wireless Coexistence, published in May 2017. From 2016 to 2018, Dr. Young served as the Group Leader for Shared Spectrum Metrology in the NIST Communications Technology Laboratory and served as the chief technical lead for the National Advanced Spectrum and Communication Test Network (NASCTN) investigation of LTE impacts on GPS L1 Band receivers.
In 2018, Dr. Young joined the MITRE Corporation, currently serving as a subject matter expert in test and evaluation of spectrum sharing technologies. He is leading an economic study of aeronautical mobile telemetry spectrum, leading a NASCTN project investigating the impacts of LTE signals on AMT receivers, and exploring approaches to managing electromagnetic interference in a dynamic spectrum sharing environment
Dr. Young has authored or co-authored over 60 journal, conference, and government and industry technical reports covering the breadth of his subject matter expertise. He regularly presents at the IEEE EMC Symposium as well as other government and industry associations. Dr. Young’s awards include the Sandia Employee Recognition Award for the Water Security Risk Assessment Team in 2002, the Department of Commerce Gold Award in 2017 and the NIST Special Act Award for the LTE impacts on GPS L1 Band receivers in 2017, and the MITRE Catalyst Award for leadership documenting the economic value associated with AMT Spectrum in 2019. Dr. Young joined the IEEE EMC Society in 2005, and since 2015 he regularly teaches classes on radio frequency measurements at the University of Colorado, Denver.