2009 Alumni Hall of Fame Optimista
The Wi-Fi Alliance
As Executive Director, Edgar is responsible for the health and evolution of the Wi-Fi Alliance, ensuring the growth of its programs, and delivering its mission. He is also the industry’s spokesperson. Under his leadership the Wi-Fi Alliance has expanded its vision, delivered numerous market growth programs, grown its global footprint, established a successful program development framework, and forged a number of strategic initiatives. Edgar joined the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2004.
Prior to the Wi-Fi Alliance, Edgar was at Ridgeway Systems & Software (now Tandberg). He was instrumental in delivering the industry’s first session border controller, and the H.460.18 and H.460.19 International Telecommunications Union standards for secure network traversal. Before Ridgeway, Edgar held product management and engineering roles in the Advanced Meetings Solutions group at 3M Company.
Edgar is a veteran of the United States Navy. He served four years in a fighter pilot training squadron and received numerous awards including Sailor of the Year. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, and for a number of community programs in Austin. Edgar is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Masters in Technology Commercialization, and undergraduate degrees with honors in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics.
Mr. Figueroa was a Hispanic Scholarship Fund scholarship recipient in 1990, 1991 and 1993.