Venkatesh Mutalik is the Engineering Fellow and Vice-President of Technology and Strategy for ARRIS. He leads the technical direction of the Access and Transport Organization within ARRIS with special emphasis on optical communications. Mr. Mutalik earned his M.S. in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1995. He earned a B.E. in Electrical and Communications Engineering from Osmania University in India and later received an M.B.A. from Syracuse University. At ARRIS, Mr. Mutalik led the creation of the AgileMax platform that enables the cable industry to transition to all-fiber deployment. He pioneered and led deployment of full-spectrum multi-wavelength optics technology providing a revolutionary increase in capacity and reach for the access plant. This has now become the mainstay of the Cable Industry. Previously, Mr. Mutalik was Chief Technologist at C-COR in the Broadband Communications Products Division from 2003-2008, and was Technical Director of Philips’ Broadband Networks. A member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, Mr. Mutalik has 22 U.S. patents and has published 23 articles in peer reviewed publications.