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Dr. Donald C. Mead, MSEE-Stanford University and PhD in EE/Communication Theory-UCLA, has been an innovator in digital compression, including its application to Direct Broadcast Satellite development, since the inception of DBS systems. As head of Hughes Aircraft's MPEG delegation, Dr. Mead was the driving force supporting the concept and launch of DIRECTV(TM). He is now vice president of technology at Global Digital Satellite Systems.