Invention Beyond Convention

Since 2003, Weidong Mao, Senior Fellow in Technology and Product, has been architecting Comcast's digital video services for audiences across the United States.

He holds 17 patents and has achieved the highest technical distinction at the company. Weidong is a prolific contributor to not only Comcast, but to the broader media and technology industry. He is the first, ever, Comcast Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow.

In his own words

My father and my mother were accomplished professors in electrical engineering at Tsinghua University, also known as China’s MIT. They came to the U.S. in the 1990s and started companies in Silicon Valley with a hardworking spirit and, most importantly, the motivation to succeed. They have influenced my career pursuit of engineering. I would also owe my success to the continuous support of my wife, who herself is an accomplished career woman.

My journey at Comcast has been nothing short of exciting. I joined Comcast in 2003. At the time, Comcast wanted to become a technology leader rather than a fast follower. And we’ve definitely succeeded in this vision.

One of my roles as a Senior Fellow is to map out a technology roadmap for Comcast’s video platforms and products. Our vision is to architect and deliver live, on demand, or cloud DVR, as well as other advanced video services to any device, anywhere, at any time.

To make this vision possible, the most important thing I do each day is to interact with my fellow engineers. We discuss how the architecture and technology works, and I help mentor them to develop their technical careers. We continuously assess feedback from the development and operations teams, as well as our customers, so that we can consistently refine the architecture and technologies to make it better and better.

I am happy to say that many of the technologies our teams have developed are now the core foundation of everything we do for our video products at Comcast today.

The IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for truly extraordinary accomplishments. Less than 0.1% of voting IEEE members are selected annually for this prestigious honor.