These influential women are leading the wireless industry

FierceWireless has published its "Most Influential Women in Wireless" list since 2008, but this year's list was particularly difficult to compile because there's been a significant surge in the number of women making their way to the top ranks of wireless companies.

From FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson, who is leading the charge for the development of the nation's first broadband network dedicated to public safety, to Aicha Evans, who oversees the wireless engineering for many Intel products and platforms including modems, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, LTE and WLAN/WWAN, these are the women who are inspiring others with their ability to take on difficult challenges.

Influence is not an easy attribute to measure, but this list consists of women who are helping guide the industry with their technical expertise, leadership and commitment to promoting women in the wireless field. For the complete list -- and for a look at some up-and-coming women to watch -- check out this FierceWireless special report.