Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Irwin Jacobs, founder of Qualcomm, to speak at Colorado State University on Friday April 27

Note to Reporters: Media interested in scheduling an interview with Irwin Jacobs must contact Emily Wilmsen no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26. A photo of Irwin Jacobs is available with the news release at


Irwin Jacobs, founder of Qualcomm who oversaw the development of the 3G wireless network that runs all cell phones, will speak twice on Friday:

• He will give an ISTeC Distinguished Lecture and more technical talk at 11 a.m. in the Bohemian Auditorium in Rockwell Hall-West.
• He will also speak 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom of the Lory Student Center University Club about “How to Succeed without Venture Capital: Innovative Business Approaches at Linkabit and Qualcomm.”

Because of limited space, tickets are free, but registration is required for attendance at the public lecture at 3:30 p.m. at


Sponsoring organizations include the College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences, ISTeC, Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement.

Jacobs is founding chairman and CEO Emeritus for Qualcomm Incorporated. As CEO through 2005 and chairman through 2009, he led the growth from startup to Fortune 500 company and oversaw Qualcomm’s revolutionary innovations in Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), a technology fundamental to today’s 3G mobile wireless standards.

Previously, Jacobs had served as co-founder, CEO and chairman of Linkabit Corp. Linkabit merged with M/A-COM in August 1980, and Jacobs served as executive vice president and a member of the board of directors until April 1985. More than 100 San Diego communications companies can trace their roots to Linkabit.