Mr. Wentland is a leading national telecommunications and spectrum expert with deep roots in systems engineering. He heads our Annapolis, Maryland, office, where he guides the firm’s work as a contractor and subcontractor on challenging spectrum engineering and management projects. Our team provides engineering systems support, technical analysis, test support and long-term strategic planning to meet national security, climate science data, public safety, and military objectives. He also provides advice on a variety of telecommunications activities being addressed by FTI.
Prior to joining FTI Mr. Wentland served the public with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for 27 years. At the NTIA, he lead 146 spectrum professionals to meet the every day spectrum requirements of 56 federal agencies as Associate Administrator for NTIA’s Office of Spectrum Management (OSM). Before his career with the NTIA, he worked with the Air Force as an officer for 22 years in communications and satellites, spending over 7 years with the Department of Defense’s Joint Spectrum Center.
Milestones in his career include:
- While in the Air Force, participated in NASA’s Gemini/Apollo programs as flight controller at the Johnson Space Center, including the first lunar landing in 1969,
- Carried out the President’s Spectrum Policy Initiative for 21st Century with the NTIA,
- Streamlined the Federal government spectrum management processes with information technology,
- Making spectrum available for new technologies while balancing Federal safety of life requirements,
- Work with the FCC establishing appropriate rules and regulations for shared spectrum,
- Participated in continuity of government activities in support of national emergencies.
Mr. Wentland received his Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University.