Who We Are
The Wireless Research Center of North Carolina is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit wireless research hub offering a safe and trusted environment for invention and development of wireless technologies.
• A unique combination of specialized testing facilities, engineering expertise, business incubation and development guidance, and intellectual property guidance for commercial, government and academic audiences.
• A hub facilitating wireless job creation, retention and expansion in the communications, medical and government fields.
• Supporting industry and university research initiatives.
Dr. Gerard Hayes is the President and founder of the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina. Dr. Hayes has more than two decades of experience in government and commercial electromagnetic research and design. Prior to working with the Town of Wake Forest to establish the WRCNC in 2010, Dr. Hayes was the Director of Engineering at GreenWave Scientific where he led the development of antenna and RF circuit designs for a diverse range of DoD applications. At Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA) Inc., Dr. Hayes provided global technical leadership in the Technology and Research organization with contributions to handset antenna design, technology, and radiated performance optimization. At Lockheed Martin (formerly Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.), Dr. Hayes supported research and development efforts for space-based, phased array applications. The scope of his experience encompasses electromagnetic theory, bioelectromagnetics, antenna design, RF circuit analysis, and material engineering. He has participated in the development of international standards for OTA, HAC, and SAR evaluation (including IEEE, IEC, CTIA, and C63 standards). With over 75 US patents, Dr. Hayes has maintained a prominent technical role in the wireless industry.
Mr. Larry Steffann, General Manager
Mr. Steffann has over 35 years in technology. He has been a CEO (NSO/AMEX) and COO (BOCI/Nasdaq). As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Steffann’s recent roles have included GM of the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina and VP of Product Development for Consert, a Smart Energy start up in Raleigh North Carolina. Consert raised more than $40 million in funding prior to being sold to Toshiba. Larry Co-Founded Joystick Labs, the initial tenant of the American Underground at the American Tobacco Campus, in Durham, NC. Mr. Steffann has been a serial mentor both as a corporate executive and as a community minded citizen. This started with Israeli Incubators and has continued as an Executive-in-Residence at North Carolina State University since 2008. Mr. Steffann has mentored for the Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) as a Fast Track and VMS mentor. This combination of executive leadership and hands on mentorship is now applied to economic development – the primary mission of The Wireless Research Center of North Carolina.