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Rashmi Char
Athena Board Member
Vice President, Engineering | Qualcomm

Rashmi Char serves as vice president of engineering for Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated. Her current responsibilities include leading the Global Product and Tools Organization responsible for delivering world-class mobile chipsets to markets around the world and leading the next generation Gbps Class Modem for smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband products as Software Project Engineer.
Rashmi Char joined Qualcomm in 1997 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in Mobile Product Development and Commercialization since that time. One of her first key positions was in UMTS Protocol Stack Development. She then moved on to lead global Software Design and Development teams to support High-Speed Data Services over all air interface technologies (UMTS, LTE, CDMA). As Software Project Engineer and Architect, she led the worldwide commercialization of the first worldwide LTE (4G) capable handsets launches on all major carriers’ networks including VZW, ATT, SKT, LGU+, and Sprint and a number of cutting-edge 4G modems for mobile products. Rashmi excels at directly leading hundreds of employees, and also simultaneously leading projects comprised of thousands of engineers around the world.
Rashmi is a member of Qualcomm’s Women’s Leadership Council and a part of Qualcomm’s Executive Women’s Leadership Development program. Rashmi firmly believes that attracting and retaining more women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce will maximize innovation, creativity, and competitiveness and is passionate about doing her part to promote women in STEM.
Rashmi has a bachelor of engineering Degree in Electronics and Computer Science and a master’s degree in Computer Science from SDSU. 

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