The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that it had hired cable industry veteran Dean Stoneback as senior director of engineering.

Before joining the SCTE, Stoneback served as senior technical marketing manager at Arris, and as senior manager, systems engineering, at Motorola prior to its acquisition by Arris.

Reporting to SCTE senior vice president and chief technical officer Daniel Howard, Stoneback will be responsible for the development of standards, recommended practices and training material for the SCTE’s cable operator constituents.  

“Throughout his career, Dean Stoneback’s innovative approach, his commitment to technical excellence and his collaborative spirit have contributed to the growth of our industry,” Howard said. “We anticipate that those same characteristics will be invaluable in creating the resources needed to pave the way for the services of tomorrow.”

Stoneback, who has served on several SCTE Working Groups, has worked in the cable telecommunications industry for more than 25 years.

“As cable continues to evolve, standards and professional development opportunities that align with new technologies are essential to the industry’s growth,” said Stoneback. “I look forward to working with SCTE and its members to help the industry capitalize on technological advances and shape new service opportunities.”

During his career with General Instrument, Motorola and Arris Stoneback managed teams of engineers and technicians across areas such as systems engineering, hardware design, systems integration and testing. His cable career highlights include:

• Invention of a methodology and development of system requirements for operating the return path on cable networks;

• Authorship or contributions to multiple books, technical journals and other resources, including co-authorship with Donald Raskin of “Broadband Return Systems for Hybrid Fiber/Coax Cable TV Networks in 1998;”

• Patents for parallel split powering (2011), dynamic upstream attenuation for ingress noise reduction (2006), bidirectional CATV system having losses for equalizing upstream communication gain (1998) and thermoelectric cooler control circuit (1992).

An active member of the ANSI-accredited SCTE Standards Program, Stoneback in 2012 won the SCTE Excellence in Standards award, which honors an SCTE Standards Program participant who has significantly contributed to both the technical standards program and the spirit of cooperation necessary for the success of voluntary standards. 

He has been active on the SCTE Standards Program’s Interface Practices Subcommittee (IPS) for more than 15 years and served as chair of the subcommittee’s Working Group 4, which develops test procedures, and Working Group 5, which develops fiber-optic standards, including those for RFoG.