Dieter Eier


 Your institution and your institution's URL:
Frequentis USA, Inc.

Are you there with a specific scholarship or grant?

Duration of your stay in the U.S. (from - to):
from January 1, 2000 - open ended

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Scientific Discipline and your current area of research:
I am not affiliated with a specific institute in the United States. I am responsible for Product Management at Frequentis USA, responsible for the definition, marketing and sales of new products and concepts in the area of Air Traffic Control.
My work specifically relates to Voice Communications Technologies, Voice Over IP, and Air Traffic Control processes in the NAS (US National Airspace).

Academic degrees:
Dipl.- Ing. (M.Sc.) from Vienna University of Technology, Austria, Institute of Computer Technology, Univ. Prof. Dr. Dietmar Dietrich

Q: What made you decide to work in North America?
Professionally it was the opportunity to learn about the air traffic control system in North America.
As airspace is managed differently in the United States than in Europe, being able to combine the best of both worlds into products and concepts generates an exiting work environment.
Privately I admire the incredible optimism towards life, I experience in the United States.
In America, the glass is always half full, in Europe it tends to be seen as half empty.

Q: What are the benefits of this network and of being a part of it?
Keeping in touch with fellow Austrians in the United States

Q: What's special about the Austrian Scientific Network in North America?
- It tries actively to keep Austrian scientists in America in touch with each other as well as with home.
- It shows that Austria cares about its X-patriates.
- Keeping people informed about back home, as well as providing employers in Austria a forum to attract scientists currently in the States generates an easier exit path for scientists, who want to go back.
- Generating a network in the United States forms a community of people with similar interests/past and very often similar current problems.

Q: In what regards is it different from other scientific associations?
It is actively supported by the Austrian Government through the OST. This proves that Austria acknowlegdes that 'brain drain' can generate a serious problem for our country's future.

Q: Your favorite web-sites? (Web-sites that ought not to be missed)
CNN, - you'll probably not believe me but you can learn more about the feasibility of new technologies on Wall Street than in many scientific journals.

Q: What's your most memorable experience as an Austrian researcher in North America?
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