Clint S. Coleman

Innovative Engineer

Inducted in 2015

Clint S. Coleman was a charter member of an engineering design team that helped ADTRAN Inc. become a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment, with a portfolio of intelligent solutions deployed by some of the world’s largest service providers, distributed enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses.

ADTRAN solutions enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across copper, fiber and wireless network infrastructures. During his 27-year tenure at ADTRAN, Coleman has led many major development efforts, including the team that allowed ADTRAN to become the world leader in the business-access market. His innovation and hard work led to his selection as vice president for engineering

After Coleman received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The University of Alabama in 1983, he began his professional career with UDS/Motorola in Huntsville, Alabama, as a design engineer. During his tenure with UDS/Motorola, Coleman spent a year in Singapore as resident engineering manager, providing technical support to various manufacturing subcontractors.

In 1987, he joined ADTRAN, also in Huntsville, as a design engineer. The company’s success stems from its history in telecommunications. Incorporated in 1985, ADTRAN began operations in 1986 following AT&T’s divestiture of the Regional Bell Operating Companies, or RBOCs. This created an opportunity for companies such as ADTRAN to supply network equipment to the seven RBOCs as well as the more than 1,300 independent telephone companies in the
United States.

His creativity as a design engineer, helped ADTRAN become the dominant telecommunication supplier of the products he developed. Coleman helped develop ADTRAN’s first HDSL transceiver, upon which ADTRAN’s HDSL product line is built.

He became engineering manager of the HDSL product line in 1992 and engineering director of the HDSL, FT1 and HDSL2 product lines in 1997. Coleman was named vice president of Carrier Networks Division Engineering, Loop Technologies, in 2001. During this time, Coleman was co-inventor on three patents that helped his company become a leader in its industry.

In 2010, he became vice president of Carrier Networks Division Engineering, responsible for design groups with more than 400 employees in Huntsville; Phoenix, Arizona; Mountain View, California; and Hyderabad, India. He oversees ADTRAN’s products and services in broadband access, narrowband access, carrier Ethernet, Optical Networking Edge along with networking and configuration management.

Coleman serves on Biztech’s board of directors and UA’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board and is the ADTRAN executive sponsor for UA. He is a member of the UA College of Engineering Leadership Board. In 2003, he was named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow by UA’s College of Engineering.

Coleman resides in Huntsville with his wife, Jennifer. They have two children.

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