Irwin Dorros

Irwin Dorros
Irwin Dorros
Associated organizations
Bell Labs
Fields of study
IEEE Founders Medal


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Irwin Dorros is Executive Vice President-Technical Services of Bell Communications Research (Bellcore). In this role, he is responsible for all technical activities, comprising applied research, systems engineering and software development, on behalf of the seven regional Bell companies.

He began his professional career with Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1956 upon graduation from M.I.T. with B.S. and M.S. degrees, both in Electrical Engineering. In 1962 he was awarded the Doctor of Engineering Science degree from Columbia University, also in Electrical Engineering.

At Bell Telephone Laboratories, Dr. Dorros worked on electronic switching, data communications and PCM digital transmission systems development programs until 1966. He then directed systems engineering programs that spanned a range of network planning activities including cellular radio, microwave radio, satellite, network digitization, Picturephone, data communications, and computerized operations support systems.

In 1978 he left Bell Telephone Laboratories to join the parent AT&T Company, as Assistant Vice President-Network Planning. In that role, he was responsible for leading the planning for the evolution of the then Bell System nationwide network. During this assignment, he was the technical leader of many aspects of AT&T's defense in the government antitrust action which led to the breakup of AT&T. He was a participant in the negotiations and framing of the terms of the settlement of the case.

He was appointed to his current position in December 1982 and has since led the creation of the technical services portion of Bellcore and has guided the execution of its programs.

Dr. Dorros is a member of the Board of Directors of Bellcore, of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), and of Vertex Industries, Inc. He is chairman of the Systems Subcommittee of the FCC's Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Services. He is a member of the Columbia University Engineering Council and a member of the Board of Overseers of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He holds five patents and has published numerous technical articles on telecommunications, with particular recent emphasis on information networking.

Dr. Dorros was awarded the 1991 IEEE Founders Medal "For distinguished technical leadership in the evolution of national telecommunications networks and the implementation of a major R&D resource."