Augustine (Gus) Samba
Dr. Samba earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in pure and applied mathematics from Fourah-Bay College of the University of Sierra Leone. Afterwards he did his graduate work at the University of Liverpool in England. There he earned a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in computer science.
After completing his formal education, Dr. Samba was an assistant professor from 1984 to 1986 in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Hampton University in Virginia. While at Hampton, Dr. Samba was a principal investigator on a NASA-funded research project – the Vector Processor System Supercomputer.
In 1986, Dr. Samba moved to AT&T Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey as a telecommunications systems engineer. At AT&T, he conducted extensive research in the development of electronic switching systems, network design, traffic engineering, signaling systems, network management systems, and traffic management systems. His work was also employed by the regional Bell operating companies and in various international telecom providers’ networks.
When AT&T Bell Labs was split in 1996 into two distinct companies – AT&T and Lucent Technologies – Dr. Samba received a position at the latter, where he worked until the end of the decade. At Lucent, Dr. Samba held the position of systems architect and lead systems engineer in the Advanced Intelligent Network Service Management Systems Department. There he designed a special architecture for local number portability that allowed 30,000 transactions per hour (TPH), outstripping the previously advertised performance of 10,000 TPH. As a wireless systems engineer, Dr. Samba also developed some novel wireless algorithms for Sprint, Ameritech, US Exchange, and MCI WorldCom.In 1999, Lucent appointed Dr. Samba one of its cross-component systems engineers for the company’s wire-line and wireless intelligent network products. Working directly with service providers, he developed end-to-end network solutions, data modeling, and database specifications. In his new position at Lucent, Dr. Samba also represented the company on the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s working group for developing industry standards for number pooling and number portability.
After his tenure at Lucent Technologies, Dr. Samba worked from 2000 to 2002 at QuickCAT Technologies, where he was the director of the network architecture division. There he directed and developed the QuickCAT IP-based network for multimedia services, as well as the product CATNIP (a pun on the company’s name), which transforms PDAs into mobile units. At QuickCAT, Dr. Samba was also the principal investigator for two company-sponsored projects – An End-User Communications System Access Network and Clinical Trial Data Collection Using Hand-Held Technology.
Dr. Samba’s research has led to his receiving two U.S. patents, two Canadian, one Japanese, and one European (United Kingdom, France, and Denmark). Currently he has one U.S. patent pending for Multimedia Network Traffic Management and Control.