2014 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

Patsiokas Stelios J. Patsiokas, Ph.D.

Stelios J. Patsiokas, Ph.D., was born in Serres, Greece in 1953. He came to the United States in 1971 and entered Wilkes College under a tuition fellowship in August 1971.  After the completion of his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1975, he entered Virginia Tech where he obtained a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1977 and a doctorate in electrical engineering in 1979.

Patsiokas is currently corporate vice president and chief innovation officer for Sirius XM Satellite Radio, America’s only nationwide digital satellite radio service.  The contributions made by Patsiokas have enabled satellite radio to beam 170 channels of audio programming to listeners anywhere in the United States.  His work also led XM to be named Fortune Magazine’s Product of the Year; one of Time Magazine’s “Inventions of the Year;” Popular Science’s 2001 “Best of What’s New” in the electronics category; and “Best of CES” at the 2001 Consumer Electronics Show.

Since immigrating to the United States, Patsiokas has become a driving force within the high-tech world of American and international business. He was hired by XM Satellite radio in 1998 as senior vice president of engineering. At XM he was initially responsible for the development of the waveform, custom chipsets, receiver hardware reference platforms and antennas. He was promoted to executive vice president of engineering in 2001 with responsibilities expanded to include the implementation of the overall end-to-end radio link, repeater network radio design and installation, development of data services and the development and manufacturing of all aftermarket XM radio products -- many of which received engineering and innovation awards.

Prior to joining XM Satellite Radio, Patsiokas worked with Motorola, Inc. for 19 years, where he was a major contributor in the areas of radio wave propagation, microcellular system design and the development of the cordless telephone second-generation technology (CT2). As director of product development for Motorola’s Messaging Systems Product Group, he developed the PageWriter 2000 two-way messaging device, Motorola’s first software centric device.

He was the recipient of the Washington Immigrant Achievement Award from the American Immigration Law Foundation in March 2002. He was inducted in the Space Technology Hall of Fame the same year.

Patsiokas holds 35 United States Patents in the area of RF communication systems and wireless devices.