WICT Announces First Recipient of the Nomi M. Bergman Fellowship

Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced that Jin Zhou with ARRIS will be the inaugural recipient of the Nomi M. Bergman Fellowship. Jin is a Staff QA Engineer, SI Valid & Device at ARRIS.

Designed to provide career development for high-potential women working for technology companies, the Nomi M. Bergman Fellowship enables recipients to experience the strength of WICT’s robust educational programs and strong professional network. The fellowship is a one-year award that includes WICT membership and a fully funded scholarship to the WICT Leadership Conference and other select WICT programs, to include travel stipends. The fellowship will be underwritten by WICT’s Leadership Endowment Fund, which was established in 1989 in a measure to enable WICT to give back to the industry in meaningful ways.

Named in honor of one of the cable industry’s most influential technology professionals, Nomi Bergman has been actively involved with WICT, CableLabs, NCTA, and SCTE. She was recognized by WICT and SCTE with the Women in Technology award in 2004. The fellowship was announced in Philadelphia during WICT’s Tech It Out Conference, held in conjunction with SCTE/ISBE’s 2016 Cable-Tec Expo®.

"WICT is proud to recognize and honor Jin Zhou as the very first recipient of this prestigious fellowship," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT. "Jin embodies the true spirit of this award and exhibits extraordinary potential in the field of technology. We look forward to following her journey and trust that the fellowship will offer added opportunity for professional advancement."

About Jin Zhou
Jin has been an active member of WICT since 2012 and is currently a Staff QA Engineer of the ARRIS SI Valid & Device Team at Comcast P&E Labs, continuing her journey in Hardware Quality Assurance that she started in 2016. She focuses on the hardware safety, energy efficiency, and special-field needs of vendor products before and after massive deployment on Comcast market. Together with her colleagues, she qualifies and certifies products for hardware industry standards as well as Comcast specifications. Her job also covers root-cause analysis of field issues, which require knowledge across the fields of hardware, software, and operation.

Jin started her career in the cable industry in 1998 when she joined General Instrument as a headend software engineer. In 2009, she joined Comcast’s TQM team, taking a lead testing role for Comcast’s 1st hybrid set top box, Barcelona. With her hands-on experience and software background, she became one of the few initiators of Comcast’s VCPE (Video Customer Procurement Equipment) project working seamlessly with multiple internal and external teams to create a unique operation-focused test set on video features. This project was later implemented to Comcast QA across different projects and products to upgrade test ability to align Comcast video products with FCC regulation. She was the TQM QA Lead Engineer for X1 testing, and coordinated test efforts on the X1 project across T&P TQM (QA) test teams, both on- and off-shore, on different vendor devices as the gate for massive field deployment. Jin prioritized test requests for a fast-paced regression test cycle without losing the big picture of full coverage. She worked closely with the Comcast Legal Department and in-life device PE to ensure that the next generation product met FCC requirements. Jin joined the ARRIS team in early 2017.

Jin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai University in China as well as a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has also received Project Management credit from Penn State University.

About the Fellowship Namesake, Nomi M. Bergman
Nomi Miron Bergman served as the President of Bright House Networks from 2007-2016. In that capacity, she and her team provided corporate guidance, execution, and oversight of technology, product and strategic partnerships across the company’s video, broadband, voice and wireless platforms. Nomi began her career as a systems consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co, and then joined Advance Publications’ Systems Group, owned by the Newhouse family. After the formation of the Time Warner/Advance Newhouse partnership in the early 1990s, she joined Time Warner Cable, working in customer care, business operations, and IT. Later, as Vice President and General Manager of High Speed Data Services for Time Warner Cable’s Charlotte, North Carolina division, she led the launch of the RoadRunner© broadband Internet service. From there, Nomi was part of the senior management team that successfully launched Bright House Networks in 2003.

Nomi is a true champion of workplace diversity and inclusion and has been actively involved with WICT, CableLabs, NCTA, SCTE, CTAM and NAMIC. She served on the Board of Directors for WICT, and is a graduate of WICT’s first Betsy Magness Leadership Development Institute (BMLI) class of 1994. She was recognized by WICT and SCTE with the Women in Technology award in 2004. In 2009 she was recognized as CED’s Person of the Year, and she received the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership from NCTA. In 2011 she was recognized with WICT’s highest honor, Woman of the Year. Through her participation and leadership with these important groups, Nomi has become a key spokesperson and advocate for industry innovation and new competitive technologies and services, all with the goal of continuously improving customer value and satisfaction.

About WICT
For over thirty-five years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in media. With over 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the industry. Comcast NBCUniversal, Charter Communications, and Turner are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

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