Principal Engineer, Hughes Network Systems
Gaurav joined the technical staff at Hughes Network Systems in 2008 after completing a Masters in Electrical Engineering at Villanova University. He quickly advanced to the position of Principal Engineer, making him responsible for design and development of state-of-the-art satellite communications modem products. Since joining Hughes, Gaurav has made a number of engineering contributions to the JUPITER System product line in the areas of digital communications, forward error correction coding and digital signal processing. The current generation of JUPITER System satellite modems feature several of Gaurav’s technical advances, including the TDMA demodulator family of products for QPSK, 8PSK and 16APSK modulations. He developed the advanced Low-Density Parity-Check (LDPC) forward error correcting (FEC) code designs for Hughes modem products that utilize the ETSI IPOS and DVB-S2X standards. Gaurav also led the effort to analyze hardware memory interactions and assess bottlenecks as part of mapping the LDPC theoretical coding framework into optimized implementations. His efforts have produced lower packet error rates and reduced decoding time, resulting in more efficient usage of satellite bandwidth.
His success in these areas led the company to name Gaurav to lead the architectural design of the third generation of JUPITER modulator and demodulator products, a new product line that combines complete modulator, demodulator and controller functionality on a modem. He was also the senior firmware developer for the previous Hughes multi-mode demodulator and for the Hughes cellular backhaul product. Gaurav currently has two patent applications, with one being issued in 2019. In addition to his company responsibilities, he spends a significant portion of his free time mentoring junior engineers.