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Quantum Bridge founder to speak as part of URI’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Lecture Series

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – Sept. 7– Tony Zona, founder of Quantum Bridge Communications and presently general manager of Motorola’s Fiber to the Premises business, will speak on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. as part of the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering’s Endowed Lecture Series in Engineering Entrepreneurship.

His talk, “The Entrepreneurial Journal: A Case Study of Quantum Bridge Communications Inc.,” will outline the steps leading to creation of the telecommunications company that was purchased by Motorola in 2004. The lecture at the University Club on URI’s Kingston Campus is free and open to the public.

Prior to founding Quantum Bridge in 1998, Zona worked with Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies developing and managing broadband access, transport and data networking products. Before joining Bell Laboratories, he was a systems engineer for Raytheon in its Missile Systems Division.

Zona holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from URI, a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and an MBA from Boston University.

The Anthony J. Risica Endowed Lecture Series in Engineering Entrepreneurship was established in 2003 with a $93,000 donation from Tony Risica, a URI engineering alumnus who helped start two telecommunications companies, Sonus Networks and Arris Networks.

For more information about the lecture, call the College of Engineering dean’s office at 401-874-2186.