Christian Schlegel, PhD

Founder & President - HCDC LLC

Results-Driven Digital Data & Communications Leader with expertise in information processing and transmission

Advisor Biography

Christian Schlegel is a solutions-focused Senior Executive, Advisor, and Thought Leader with more than 20 years of success across telecom, information services & technology, and higher education. His broad areas of expertise include leadership, team building, communications & information theory, wireless transmission & systems, computationally efficient algorithmic theory & implementation, and startups.

Christian holds a leadership position as the Founder & President of HCDC LLC., an intellectual collaborative to bring novel communications techniques to prototype and implementation maturity. He also builds primarily FPGA core for prototype development of digital communications systems. Christian has also served as the NSERC Industrial Research Chair 2012-2018 in Underwater Communications and Networking at Dalhousie University, and iCORE Chair for Digital Communications, 2002-2012 at the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Schlegel held academic appointments at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (visiting), the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia, and the University of Utah. From 2004-2008 he was CTO of Aquantia Corp., developing 10 Gbit/s BASE-T Ethernet transceivers. He currently operates as a consultant and is the VP for Engineering at Acoubit Corp. a startup specializing in acoustic underwater communications.

Christian additionally led as the editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, Editor for the Proceedings of the IEEE, consulting editor for the Hindawi Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and lead editor for its special issue on iterative signal processing. He published three research books in the area of error control coding and multiple access communications. For his exceptional leadership, he received an NSF CAREER Award in 1997, a Canada Research Chair in 2001, a Province of Alberta iCORE Chair in 2001 and 2006, and an NSERC Industrial Chair in 2012. He served as a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Communications and Vehcular Technology Societies. Dr. Schlegel is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Christian earned his MS, Ph.D. EE from the University of Notre Dame, and Eng ETH, from the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. He has published over 60 technical journal papers, and received research grants for $12M. His work with the industry has resulted in eight patents in the area of spread spectrum communication, error control coding, and digital and analog implementations.


2010 - Present

Founder and President - HCDC LLC

  • Founded an intellectual collaborative to bring novel communications techniques to prototype and implementation maturity
  • Builds primarily FPGA core for prototype development of digital communications systems

2012 - 2018

NSERC IRC Chair and Professor - Dalhousie University

  • Head of the Ultra Marine Digital Communications Center supported by local and national industry, NSERC, and Dalhousie University

2002 - 2011

iCORE Chair and Professor - High Capacity Digital Communications Lab

  • Ran a Province of Alberta Research Chair in Digital Communications developing communications methods and systems for joint detection, MIMO systems, low-power VLSI implementations
  • Studied general communications theory

Advisor Skills




Computer Science

Data Analysis




Advisor Industries

Higher Education

Information Services and Technology