Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr. Memorial Award recognizes Rama Assaf-Smith with the Rising Leader Award


EXTON, Pennsylvania., September 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and SCTE Foundation today announced that the winner of the Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr. Rising Leader Award is Rama Assaf-Smith, Senior Director, Engineering Operations, for Comcast. The Hildenbrand scholarship will also support the Special Operations Warriors Foundation.

As the winner of the Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr. Rising Leader Award, Rama Assaf-Smith is recognized as a rising star in cable telecommunications under 40. As a member of the Comcast team for seven years, she leads a team of data scientists. , analysts and engineers focused on improving Comcast’s core residential product portfolio. Rama is highly regarded among his colleagues for his leadership skills, engineering strength, knowledge of data, positive interactions with customers and his role as an advocate for under-represented engineers.

“Leadership and courage are the hallmarks of those we recognize this year,” said Marc Hess, President of the SCTE Foundation and Senior Vice President, Commercial and Industrial Affairs for Comcast Technology Solutions. “We are fortunate to be able to recognize the commitment and expertise of leaders such as Rama Assaf-Smith and honored to be able to support such a worthy organization as the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. We are very grateful to the YAS Foundation for paving the way for the commemoration of Wilt’s legacy in this way. “

wither Hildenbrand was a true visionary who represented selflessness and commitment to an entire industry. It is fitting that in building the workforce of tomorrow we recognize the people who lead the way both through their sacrifices and through their skills and dedication, ”said Rouzbeh Yassini, PhD, from the YAS Foundation.

“We are truly grateful for the generosity of SCTE,” said Major General (retired) Hutmacher clay, President and CEO of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. “Their impact $ 20,000 contribution will make a tangible difference in the lives of the surviving children and the families we serve. We also congratulate Rama on his great achievements, ”said Clay.

The Hildenbrand Awards and Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 to honor the career and legacy of Wilt J. Hildenbrand, Jr., a tech pioneer and industry legend who passed away suddenly in 2018. The $ 200,000, a five-year campaign began with an initial donation of $ 40,000 of YAS Foundation. Hildenbrand’s career spanned four decades with Cablevision. Wilt joined the company as a chief engineer in 1976 and eventually became executive vice president of technology and engineering. Among its innovations were Cablevision’s deployment of 100 Mbps residential broadband, downloadable security for digital video services and cloud-based navigation for traditional set-top boxes.

Rama Assaf-Smith will be recognized as the winner of the Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr. Rising Leader Award at the SCTE awards ceremony, which will take place during the SCTE® Cable-Tec Expo® Virtual experience on October 13, 2021, 11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m. EDT.

About the SCTE Foundation
The SCTE Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued ability of a diverse workforce to positively impact the community, including in times of crisis. With funds from individual and corporate donors, the Foundation supports programs that: improve the technical skills of the workforce; attract women, minorities and members of the armed forces to cable engineering careers; promote STEM activities among young people; and underpin cable workforce support for critical communication links that benefit the community in the face of natural or man-made disasters. For more information on the SCTE Foundation, please visit http://fondation.scte.org.

About SCTE
SCTE envisions the future of connectivity today. Through technological leadership and innovation, SCTE has been the leader in applied science for the cable telecommunications industry for more than five decades. As a non-profit member organization, SCTE moves member companies forward through the continuing education of the workforce of tomorrow and by inviting leaders to participate in the conversations that matter. SCTE is the force behind the annual SCTE Cable-Tec exhibition®, the largest telecommunications and cable technology trade show in the Americas. SCTE is a subsidiary of CableLabs®. More than www.scte.org.

About the YAS Foundation
The YAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini, is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, non-religious organization with a board of directors. The foundation continues to focus on expanding and strengthening future generations of global leaders. https://www.planetbroadband.com/foundation/

SOURCE Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)


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