AFCCE Awards FCC’s Knapp

16th Noel E. Luddy award recognizes meritorious service to the telecom industry
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WASHINGTON � FCC Chief of Office of Engineering and Technology Julius �Julie� Knapp has been named as the 2016 recipient of the E. Noel Luddy Award. (He is shown at left in the photo.)

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During theAssociation of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers� AnnualFCCStaff Reception, The association recognizes an individual, usually an FCC staffer, with its E. Noel Luddy Award for meritorious service to the telecommunications industry.

According to AFCCE President Robert Weller, right, who delivered remarks and presented the award, Knapp, award namesake Noel Luddy and previous recipients have displayed engineering talent, character � especially displayed by ready sharing of expertise and have made significant contributions to the telecom industry. The inaugural award was given out in 2000.


Knapp is a 1974 graduate of the City College of New York and a career FCC employee. He became chief of the FCC Lab in 1994, and later was named chief of the Policy and Rules Division, then went on to become deputy office chief, and as of 2006, is chief of OET.

According to Weller, Knapp has helped to streamline the equipment authorization process and �encouraged the development of wireless medical technologies, including devices intended to restore motion to the disabled and a semblance of sight to the blind. He has also worked in some capacity on each of �Gs� that have enabled our mobile economy.�

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler also presented via video; he described Knapp as a �national treasure.�

The AFCCE was established in 1948.

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