Eugene J. Huang
Deputy Secretary of Technology

Eugene J. Huang was appointed as the Deputy Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia by Governor Mark R. Warner on January 21, 2002. Mr. Huang is currently on leave from Oxford University, where he is a Thouron Scholar pursuing a doctorate in economic history.

Mr. Huang's research interests lie at the intersection of economics and technology, focusing on telecommunications policy, the economics of standardization, and the impact of technology on productivity in the economy. Ongoing research for a doctoral dissertation entitled 'The Development of Standards for Mobile Phones in the United States and Europe' seeks to develop an understanding of the factors influencing the divergent paths of technical developments characterizing wireless communications technologies in both the United States and Europe. With wireless communications playing an increasing role in importance to our global economy and the competitiveness of national economies, his research seeks to provide insights into the developments that will influence the success or failure of future wireless communications technologies and networks.

With a proven record of putting academic theory into practice, Mr. Huang has tackled complex challenges in both the public and private sectors. As a senior advisor and co-founder of BuildPoint Corp., a privately held Internet company in Redwood City, California, he played an instrumental role in helping the company raise $4 million in first-round venture capital financing. Responsible for both general corporate strategy as well as product and technology development, Mr. Huang was part of the team that delivered BuildPoint's first product less than five months after the company's founding. Prior to BuildPoint, Mr. Huang served as a policy analyst for the Federal Communications Commission. While at the FCC, Mr. Huang developed pricing models of wireless spectrum auctions for LMDS and SMR services, helping the federal government raise $675 million. He was also responsible for the economic antitrust analysis of a merger of Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) service providers, an analysis that ultimately led to a civil antitrust suit filed by the United States Department of Justice.

Mr. Huang was born in Los Angeles, California. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he has received master's and bachelor's degrees in engineering, as well as a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School. He also holds an M.Phil. with distinction in Economic and Social History from Oxford University. An avid runner, Mr. Huang regularly competes in middle distance (5k /10k) and long distance (half marathon / marathon) races.

Close Window