Approach Infinity, Inc.

Mark Pecen, CEO

MARK PECEN serves as CEO of Approach Infinity, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of ISARA Corporation.  Approach Infinity provides advisory services to technology startups, private equity firms, major corporations and law firms. ISARA Corporation develops security products for next-generation networks and computing platforms.

Pecen is also the chairman and founding member of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) Technical Committee Cyber working group for Quantum Safe Cryptography (Cyber QSC) in Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE, created in March 2015. The QSC was created to make recommendations on core cryptographic primitives and develop specifications for quantum-safe Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) applications, including practical advice and guidance to industry on real-world deployment issues.

He also serves as a board member of University of Waterloo (CANADA) Institute for Quantum Computing, and chairman of Wilfred Laurier University Lazaridis Institute for Business Studies (CANADA), both located in Waterloo, Ontario CANADA.  He is an investor and advisor to several technology companies and advisor to Canadian government and European Union in the areas of ICT research and technology.

Pecen is a retired senior executive at BlackBerry, Ltd. Previously at Motorola, he was awarded the title of Distinguished Innovator and Science Advisory Board member for his role in developing technology and standards for wireless communication.  He is an inventor on more than 100 fundamental patents in wireless communication, networking and computing, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


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Recent Publications:

[1] C. Bontu, Shalini Periyalwar, Mark Pecen , Wireless Wide Area Network for Internet of Things, Presented at WWRF 31, October 21-24,  2013, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; IEEE Vehicular Technology Journal, March 2014

[2] C. Bontu, J. Ghimire, S. Periyalwar, M. Pecen, Asynchronous Simultaneous Small Packet Transmission in Cellular Wireless System, Global Wireless Summit 2013, Atlantic City, N. J., USA

[3], Pecen, Mark, Real option theory: managing uncertainty in the innovation process, Wharton School of Business, invited lecture, July 2013

[4] Amir Danak , Shirook M.H. Ali, James Warden, Mark Pecen, An Analytical Approach to Impedance Matching in Tunable RF Front-endIEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 2013

[5] Pecen, M.; Warden, J.; Ali, S.M.; and Danak, A., Methods and apparatus for dynamic complex impedance matching to time-varying radio frequency load, US Patent filing, Jan 2013

[6] Pecen M., Warden J, Ali, S, Method and apparatus for tuneable antenna using parasitic element, U.S. Patent filing, October 2013

[7] (Book chapter & guest editor – Pecen), Adibi, Mobasher, et. Al., Fourth Generation Wireless Networks, (Information Science Reference, Hershey, New York, 2010), ISBN 978-1-61520-674-2

[8] Shirook M. Ali, Wen Geyi, Qinjiang Rao, Mark Pecen, Numerical Calculations of the Information Capacity of a Transmitting AntennaIEEE Antennas and Propagation, 2010

[9] Pecen et al., Quantum Safe Cryptography and Security; An introduction, benefits, enablers and challenges, (European Telecommunications Standards Institute, ISBN 979-10-92620-03-0), October 2014

[10] Pecen et al., “A challenge to encryption”, (The Cipher Brief:, February 28, 2016

[11] Pecen M., “Quantum computing: overview, state of the art and quantum safe cryptography”, (Cryptographic Module Conference; Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA), May 18, 2016

[12] « Securité et cryptographie en monde quantique : Rapport de Groupe - European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) Technical Committee Cyber Working group for Quantum Safe Cryptography (WG-QSC) », (Pecen, M., European Telecommunication Standards Institute), April 2017

[13] "Progess on published standards of the ETSI Working Group for Quantum-Safe Cryptography", (Mark Pecen, ETSI), 2019


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