Areas of Expertise
Wireless, Wireline, Fiber-optic, Microwave, and Satellite Communications
Land Mobile Radio
Public Safety Communications
Transportation Industry Communications and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Software Defined Radio (SDR)
Wireless Link Design
Strategic Planning and Construction Management
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
New Mexico State University
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
New Mexico State University
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
New Mexico State University
Dr. Kopp is an assistant professor at UNF. In the 1980s while a student at New Mexico State University he worked at the NASA White Sands New Mexico ground station that operates the NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System. He went on to pursue an MSEE and then a Ph.D in EE at NMSU while studying and teaching as a NASA Research Fellow. Dr. Kopp has started several companies including a high-tech firm in the 1990s that manufactured data radios that are explosion-proof. He also started his own consulting firm in the late 1990s to serve the communications industry. He has over 20 years of experience in communication systems design. His work has included large and small networks utilizing fiber-optic, wire-line, and wireless technologies. His construction management experience has also included all of these technologies. Dr. Kopp’s system planning experience includes developing 10 year strategic plans for agency-wide communication systems. He has also been involved in the planning and design of communication systems for several primary and emergency operations centers in the United States. His experience includes the preparation of detailed technical specifications and engineers cost estimates. Dr. Kopp has also prepared safety impact studies for the testing of vital communication systems in the railroad industry. His field experience includes on-site construction management, wireless system surveying, system installation and testing, troubleshooting, and performing communication link analyses. Dr. Kopp’s clients have included state DOTs and commuter railroads associated with Intelligent Transportation Systems, public safety agencies, and other government and commercial organizations. Besides systems consulting, Dr. Kopp has also designed wireless communications products, waveforms, and protocols for clients including the US military, an industrial control and telemetry protocol foundation, and a US federal satellite service contractor. Teaching at UNF has given Dr. Kopp an opportunity to give something back to the field of engineering. While in college he always appreciated the professors who came in from industry and felt they offered a more rich engineering educational experience. Dr. Kopp is excited to be able to contribute in this way to the education of engineers at UNF.
President of The Semaphore Group, Inc., a for-profit telecommunications consulting firm
Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Member of the Radio Club of America
Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Member of the American Radio Relay League (FCC Extra Amateur Radio License: KC5LPA)
President and Volunteer, NCARES, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to providing emergency
communication services in Nassau County, Florida
Publications & Presentations
Tawfik, A., Aceros, J., and Kopp, B., “Autonomous Small Scale Data logger for Temperature Mapping”, IEEE Southeastern Regional Conference, March 2016, Norfolk, Virginia.
Pierce, R., Kopp, B., Madden, R., "FDOT Upgrades for Interoperability", Invited Paper, Mission Critical Communications Magazine, pps 16-21, February 2016.
Pierce, R., Kopp, B., “Space-Based Bridge Wind Speed Monitoring for Public Safety Use”, Transactions of the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Orlando, Florida, October 16-20, 2011.
Pierce, R., Kopp, B., “Internet Access for Travelers and Emergency Management”, Transactions ofthe 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Orlando, Florida, October 16-20, 2011.
Pierce, R., Kopp, B., “Mobile Communications – Pushing the Envelope”, Florida Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation Systems Program 2010-2011 Annual Report, pp. 26-27.
Pierce, R., Kopp, B., “WiFi Hotspots in Florida – A Popular Traveler Service and More”, Florida Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation Systems Program 2009-2010 Annual Report, pp. 24-27.
Pierce, R., Kopp, B., “WiFi in Florida – Overcoming Challenges to Assist Travelers”, Florida Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation Systems Program 2008-2009 Annual Report, pp. 19-21.
Pierce, R., Kopp, B., “Wireless Internet Services – Keeping Travelers Connected”, Florida Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation Systems Program 2007-2008 Annual Report, pp. 32-34.
Contributing Author to “Telemetry Systems Engineering”, Carden, F., et. al., Artech House, Norwood, MA, February 2002.
Kopp, B., Osborne, W. "Phase Jitter In MPSK Carrier Tracking Loops: Analytical, Simulation, and Laboratory Results", IEEE Transactions on Communications, November 1997.
Kopp, B., An Analysis Of Carrier Phase Jitter In An MPSK Receiver Utilizing MAP Estimation", Ph.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University, May 1994
Carden, F., Ross, M., Osborne, W., Kopp, B., "Fast TCM Decoding: Phase Quantizing and Integer Weighing", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Feb-April 1994, pp. 808-812.
Osborne, W., Kopp, B., "An Analysis Of Carrier Phase Jitter In An M-PSK Receiver Utilizing MAP Estimation", IEEE MILCOM-93 conference proceedings, Vol. 2, pp. 465-470.
Osborne, W., Paz, R., Ross, M., Kopp, B., Ashley, N., “Telemetering and Telecommunications Research”, Semi-annual report, NASA Grant: NAG 5-1491, New Mexico State University, January 1993.
Osborne, W., Wolcott, T., Kopp, B., Ross, M., "On the Performance of Trellis Coded Modulation with Octal Phase Shift Keying Over the TDRSS Channel", Final report, NASA Grant: NAG 5-1491, New Mexico State University, December 1992.
Osborne, W., Stolarczyk, G., Wolcott, T., Kopp, B., “The Investigation of Bandwidth Efficient Coding and Modulation Techniques”, Final report, NASA Grant: NAG 5-1392, New Mexico State University, September 1992.
Osborne, W., Carden, F., Kopp, B., Ross, M., "Multi-Mode Modem/Codec Designs", AIAA 92 conference proceedings, pp. 521-530.
Osborne, W., Kopp, B., "Synchronization In M-PSK Modems", IEEE ICC 92 conference proceedings, pp. 1436-1440.
Carden, F., Kopp, B., "A Laboratory Minimum Shift Key Modulator", IEEE IPCCC 92 conference proceedings, pp. 224-231.
Kopp, B., “Constructing A Minimum Shift Key Modulator”, Master’s Thesis, New Mexico State University, December 1990.
Carden, F., Kopp, B., "A Quantized Euclidean Soft-Decision Maximum Likelihood Sequence Decoder For TCM", IEEE MILCOM-88 conference proceedings, pp. 679-682.
Kopp, B., "A Four-state Trellis-Coded 8-PSK Modulation Computer Simulation", ITC-88 conference proceedings, pp. 401-418.