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ViaSat, Inc. 


ViaSat creates new ways to connect customers to today’s advanced network applications with satellite and other wireless networking systems that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. 

The environment at ViaSat includes many elements of a high level university, both in terms of the quality of our people and the level of technical challenge. Our employees enjoy freedom and independence, but also an equal measure of individual responsibility in taking on interesting and rewarding work.

The company is an innovator in many product areas:
• Gateway and customer premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services
• Network-centric military communications and encryption technologies
• Networking systems and managed network services for enterprise IP
• ASIC and MMIC design
• Video data link systems
• WAN acceleration and data compression
• Satellite antenna systems
• Communication system design 

Along with its headquarters in Carlsbad, CA, ViaSat has divisions located in Atlanta, GA; Germantown, MD; Boston, MA; Phoenix, AZ and Cleveland, OH.

About ViaSat
Headquarters: 6155 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92009

News link: http://www.viasat.com/news/

The ViaSat-Rice relationship
Since 2003, ViaSat and Rice ECE have collaborated on various projects and initiatives.  In fact, many alumni have joined ViaSat throughout the years.

ViaSat/Rice Collaborations:
ViaSat sponsored the Fall 2009 course project competitions in Elec 537 - Communications Networks.

ViaSat hands out cash awards for winning projects
ViaSat sponsored course project competitions in ELEC 430 and 534. ViaSat awarded the top three projects. The first prizewinners were Guohui Wang and Bei Yin (first year grad students) who received $400 each for their project, “Subcarrier Mapping Schemes and Impact of Channel Estimation Errors in SC-FDMA.” Two teams were awarded second place prizes: Kanes Sutuntivorakoon and Tianlai Orthogonal won $175 each for “Space-time Block Codes.” Lu Lucia Sun and Jose Hernandez won $175 each for their project, “MIMO Spatial Multiplexing.”

Rice Alumni @ ViaSat

  • Mark D. Dankberg (BSEE '76, MEE '77), Chairman & CEO
  • Nick Berndsen (BSEE '08, MEE '09)
  • Edward L. Cartwright (BSEE '93)
  • Bruce E. Collins (BSEE '80)
  • Gary Echo (BSEE '84, MEE '85)
  • Catherine Elder (BSEE '11)
  • Brian George Greinke (BACS '04)
  • Tina King (BSEE '90, MSEE '91)
  • Charlie Laubach (BS CS '09)
  • Michael Lo (BSEE '10, MEE '11)
  • Tianlai Lu (BSEE '09)
  • Blake Miller (BSEE '13)
  • John O'Neill (BSEE '94, MEE '95)
  • Kevin Rennie (BSEE '99, BA Econ '99)
  • Daniel E. Schneider (BSEE '76)
  • David Suksumrit (BSEE '04, MEE '05)
  • Si Wang (BSEE '79)
  • Stacy Wile (BSEE '83)
  • Gregory S. Young (BSEE '84, MEE '85)


Steps toward starting your career at ViaSat
ViaSat representatives regularly attend  on-campus recruiting events. See schedule:http://www.viasat.com/careers/university-recruiting/events

Full- time and contract positions are available.  Also, several internship opportunities are offered to undergraduate students.  Visit the online career center. Send your resume directly to our recruiting team at collegecareers@viasat.com. 


ViaSat Youtube Channel  

Internship Video 

Summer Intern Hackathon Video