Robert Seidel graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, Bob worked for the United States Department of Defense in Electronic Countermeasures and then joined CBS Engineering as a Design Engineer.
In 1989, Bob was promoted to Vice President, Television Engineering during which time he directed the design and installation of the CBS Broadcast Origination Center.
Bob headed up the engineering team that made broadcasting history when WRAL-HD, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, NC, became the first television station to transmit HDTV on July 23, 1996.
Bob is currently Vice President of CBS Engineering and Advanced Technology. He is responsible for Television Technologies for the CBS Television Network and CW Television Network.
In 1993, Bob received an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his pioneering work in portable satellite uplink systems used for worldwide newsgathering. In 2014, Bob received the National Association of Broadcasters Television Engineering Achievement Award.
Bob is the Chairman of the Emmy Engineering & Technical selection committee for National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, President of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), as well as a Fellow of SMPTE and a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE).