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Durga Malladi
Durga Malladi MS ’95 PhD ’98
Senior Vice President and General Manger
Qualcomm, Inc.

Durga Malladi is Senior Vice President and General Manager, 4G/5G in Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Durga joined Qualcomm in 1998 as a Senior Engineer. Over the past 22 years, he has worked on 3G, 4G and 5G technologies in various R&D and Business roles.

He was the Project Engineer of 4G LTE and LTE-Advanced in Qualcomm Research from 2008-15, working on features such as Carrier Aggregation, Small cells, HetNets, Relays, Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), Internet of Things (eMTC, NB-IoT) and Cellular V2X.

From 2015-18, he led 5G Research in Qualcomm across Sub6 and Millimeter Wave bands, focusing on enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), Industrial IoT, 5G based Vehicular Communications (C-V2X), Integrated Access and Backhaul systems, Unlicensed / Shared Spectrum Access and Massive IoT (mIoT). The responsibilities spanned system design, standardization, prototype testbeds, pre-commercial vendor inter-operability tests and trials.

Since 2018, as Senior VP & General Manager of 4G/5G, he is responsible for Cellular Modem, Position Location and Infrastructure Modem-RF businesses, Baseband and Transceiver modem technology roadmap & features, Software products, and Commercial engagements with 5G ecosystem partners (operators, service providers, infrastructure). He drives the overall 5G roadmap and solutions across business units, spanning Mobile, Industrial and Automotive segments.

He is the recipient of Qualcomm’s IP Excellence Award, Qualcomm Distinguished Contributor Award for Project Leadership and Upendra Patel Achievement Awards for Outstanding Contributions to HSPA and LTE.

Durga holds a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and an M.S and Ph.D. from UCLA. His Ph.D. dissertation is on Sequential Detection and Adaptive Estimation techniques, and his research interests include Signal Processing, Communication Theory and Artificial Intelligence. He is a member of IEEE and holds 505 U.S. patents.