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IEEE CQR Chairman Karl Rauscher, Executive Director, Bell Labs Network Reliability & Security Office, Lucent Technologies, honored five individuals with the CQR Chairman’s Award at an awards ceremony during the annual CQR International Workshop in St. Pete Beach, Florida on April 28, 2005.  The Technical Committee on Communications Quality & Reliability is an IEEE Communications Society international professional organization that is unique in its service to the quality, reliability and security professionals of the global communications industry (www.comsoc.org/~cqr).  Criteria upon which recipients were selected include: sustained contributions in the field of Quality, Reliability & Security of communications services, networks or systems; a demonstration of the core value of a professional society- adding value to others; and integrity consistent with that of a role model.



Pamela J. (PJ) Aduskevicz, Consultant

for sustained contributions in the fields of network reliability and disaster recovery, service in numerous critical leadership positions, and trust and consensus building in industry-government collaboration.

PJ Aduskevicz graduated from Western College for Women, and immediately joined AT&T.  She has been an advocate for Network Reliability for over 15 years.  PJ scripted the program development document that later became the Network Reliability Steering Committee charter.  PJ has held the titles of:

PJ has particular expertise in Disaster Planning and Recovery and has dealt extensively in the Homeland Security at the State and Federal level.  In addition, PJ has been responsible for operations/field forces and engineering and implementation of switching, transport/optical, data/webhosting center, etc.

Ms. Aduskevicz  receiving the CQR 2005 Chairman’s Award from Karl Rauscher in CQR 2005 Workshop, St. Pete Beach, Florida


Raymond J. (Ray) Bonelli, Lucent Technologies  (Retired)

for sustained contributions in the field of system quality improvement, facilitating industry cooperation, and peer mentoring that is exemplary of a professional society.

Ray Bonelli’s telecom career spanned over thirty years of increasing leadership positions with Western Electric, AT&T, Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies. Consistently recognized for his ability to develop high performing teams/individuals and ability to envision future trends/opportunities, he was frequently involved with creating new start-up positions. At the time of industry/FCC re-emphasis on Network Reliability, Mr. Bonelli established a Network Reliability entity that included the capability of Interoperability Testing. At the same time, he was selected /appointed by members of the Regional Bell operating companies to represent their major product vendors as a charter member to the newly created Network Reliability Interoperability Steering Committee (NRIC). During his term on the NRIC, he was able to gain the confidence and cooperation of other major product vendors toward the formulation and incorporation of Best Practices as related to Product vendors. The Best Practices were incorporated into the original version of NRIC’s compendium of Best Practices and have served as a model/guideline for subsequent NRIC contributions. As Chairperson of IEEE’s Committee on Quality and Reliability (CQR), Mr. Bonelli envisioned and executed the linkage of NRIC and CQR as a means of gaining greater visibility and emphasis to Network Reliability within the Telecom Industry. He also recreated the original charter (formerly focused on Quality Assurance Management) to incorporate Network Reliability as a major focus. Mr. Bonelli is the recipient of several Bell Laboratory Gold awards for his efforts in improving Network Reliability for major clients and for improving product reliability/quality. Upon his retirement from Lucent Technologies in 1999, he began a successful consulting career.


Kelly Krick, Nortel

for sustained contributions in the field of network system quality, oversight in the publication of valuable technical materials, and bridge building throughout the international community.


Kelly received his BSEE from the University of Iowa. Kelly is a twenty-one year Nortel veteran working in the wireless division for the last 10 years. His current title is Customer Operations Leader, responsible for the introduction of new products, implementation of equipment for network growth, and field performance in support of wireless carriers using Nortel equipment. With various wireless carriers, Kelly has implemented numerous wireless voice and data networks.  Through network assessment, performance management is achieved with the implementation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Key Capacity Indicators (KCIs). This enables Nortel customers to have a better user experience.

Kelly’s prior roles in Nortel included Network Engineering, Software Quality Assurance, and Total Quality Management. These roles have supported various business units and have placed me in various locations.  With his engineering background, Kelly’s highest personal satisfaction is achieved by working with our customers to solve network issues. 

 Kelly is Member of IEEE since 1981 and a member of CQR since 1988. CQR Chair from 1998 to 2000.

Mr. Krick receiving the CQR 2005 Chairman’s Award from Karl Rauscher in CQR 2005 Workshop, St. Pete Beach, Florida.


Spilios E. Makris, Telcordia Technologies

for sustained contributions in the field of network reliability analysis, technical leadership for the Olympic Games, and collegial, rigorous and optimistic dialogue with his industry peers.


Dr. Makris briefing IOC President Jacques Rogge, during the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games

Spilios Makris received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts, his M.S. in Engineering Management from Northeastern University, and his Diploma in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece.

Spilios is recognized worldwide for his work on the robustness of Olympic Networks and leads a Telcordia Team for third-party assessments of those networks.  These assessment reports are used by the Telecom Olympic Sponsors to address questions by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the National Organizing Committees (e.g., ATHOC, SLOC, SOCOG), Federal and State governments, international broadcasting organizations (e.g., NBC), and other Olympic sponsor organizations (e.g., Atos Origin).

He served as the Olympic Program Director and Project Manager for the following assessments of the OTE Consortium’s Olympic Network: risk mitigation strategies, network integrity review, reliability analysis, risk assessments, disaster recovery planning, IOC-mandated technical rehearsals and “war game” exercises.  He also served as advisor to OTE’s CEO and CTO in the Crisis Management Team during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games.  Spilios served as Project Manager for the network integrity review of Qwest’s Olympic Network for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Spilios has contributed to FCC-sponsored Network Reliability & Interoperability Council’s (NRIC) Focus Groups since 1992 on root cause analysis of major network outages and recommendations for improvement.  Also, he is a Technical contributor to many ATIS Network Reliability Steering Committee’s (NRSC) sponsored teams including the: (1) Data Analysis Team responsible for analyzing the telecommunication industry’s outage data reported to the FCC and publishing Quarterly and Annual Reports, (2) Facilities Solutions Team chartered to analyze facility outages and give recommendations to the industry, (3) Internet Study Team, and (4) Procedural Error Team.  Spilios served as an advisor to President’s (Clinton’s) Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP) with contributions in the area of network reliability and survivability.  He is a frequent-invited speaker on the challenges of world-class events like the Olympic Games.

Chair of the T1A1.2 Working Group (WG) on “Network Survivability Performance” July 1998- July2002; Vice–Chair and Chief Co-editorfor that WG (’94-’98 and 2002-present); Telcordia’s representative to that WG as Subject Matter Expert since 1992.

Technical Program Chair for the IEEE CQR’2000 International Workshop held in Crete, Greece (April 17-21, 2000) with theme: “Telecommunications: World Class Quality & Reliability for World Class Events”.

Guest Editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine’s Feature Topic Issue on “Telecommunications at the Olympic Games” (July 2001, Vol. 39, No. 7).

Co-organizer of the WCE 2005 International Workshop on “World Class Events: Telecommunications Challenges” in Waterloo, Canada (May 6, 2005).

Spilios has been honored with: Telcordia’s CEO Award on Innovation (2003); Bellcore President’s Recognition Award for his contributions on the T1 Outage Index (1995); Member of Bellcore’s Team that won the 1995 INFORMS Prize; Standards Committee T1 1995 Outstanding Achievement Award (highest Standards award in U.S.A.); FCC/NRC Recognition Award for dedicated efforts and valuable assistance in furthering the Telecommunications Network Reliability of the United States (May 1993).

He is a Member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and IEEE.

Dr. Makris receiving the CQR 2005 Chairman’s Award from Karl Rauscher in CQR 2005 Workshop, St. Pete Beach, Florida


William L. “Bill” Smith, BellSouth

for sustained contributions in the field of service reliability and security, leadership in a national crisis, and oversight of industry standards coordination and collaboration.

Bill Smith is Chief Technology Officer for BellSouth Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for setting the technology direction of BellSouth’s core infrastructure. His department includes, network and operations technology, Internet protocol (IP) applications, next generation strategy as well as BellSouth Entertainment, LLC.  

A native of Asheville, North Carolina, he attended North Carolina State University at Raleigh, where he graduated with honors in 1979. 

Bill began his career with BellSouth in 1979 and moved through a variety of job responsibilities over the next several years. He has been involved in BellSouth’s advanced technology efforts since returning from an assignment at Bell Communications Research in New Jersey in 1987. He has held a number of assignments dealing with a variety of issues including technology, operations, marketing, and public policy. Bill was also an active participant in National and International Telecommunications Standards. Most recently Bill was responsible for BellSouth’s DSL, Internet and wholesale business units. 

Bill also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), a Washington, D.C. based technical planning and standards organization serving the telecommunications industry. He is also involved in a number of organizations within the Atlanta community, including serving on the Executive Board of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and as Chairman of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama. Bill is also on the Board of Advisors for the Graduate School at North Carolina State University. 

Mr. Smith receiving the CQR 2005 Chairman’s Award from Karl Rauscher in CQR 2005 Workshop, St. Pete Beach, Florida.