Marconi Society Announces 2012 Young Scholar Award Winners
Three top researchers will be honored at annual award dinner in Newport Beach, CA
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA August 28, 2012
The Marconi Society, the world’s leading organization devoted to honoring and encouraging scientific contributions in the field of communications and the Internet, has announced the three winners of its 2012 Paul Baran Marconi Young Scholar Awards. The awards are given to young researchers (no older than 27 at the time of the award—the same age as Marconi when he completed the first radio transmission) who are on track to become leading innovators contributing to the advancement both of science and humanity.
Stanford graduate student Aakanksha Chowdhery, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs research engineer Guilhem de Valicourt, Ph.D., and Keun Yeong Cho, a graduate researcher at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), received the awards at the Marconi Society’s annual Awards Dinner on September 6th, 2012, which also honors Dr. Henry Samueli, Broadcom co-founder and 2012 Marconi Prize Winner.
“Each of these Young Scholars has demonstrated the capacity to become a scientist who might well be worthy of the Marconi Prize in the future,” said Robert Tkach, Chairman of the Young Scholar selection committee and a 2009 Marconi Prize Winner. “They each stood out in an extraordinarily strong field of nominees.”
This marks the fifth year that Young Scholars Awards have been granted by the Marconi Society, which is best known for its annual $100,000 Marconi Award and Fellowship given to living scientists whose scope of work and influence emulate the principle of “creativity in service to humanity." The scholars program was launched with a generous donation from 2007 Marconi Fellow Ronald L. Rivest, an MIT professor who co-founded RSA encryption, the major encryption system used worldwide to make Internet transactions secure. It was renamed the Paul Baran Marconi Young Scholars Program in 2011 in honor of Baran, a Marconi Fellow famous for helping devise the technical inner-workings of the Arpanet, the government-sponsored precursor to the Internet.
In selecting its scholar recipients, the Marconi Society looks for those who not only have shown extraordinary early promise, but whose research already has been published and made an impact. As Marconi Society Chairman Emeritus Robert Lucky noted, “The selection committee looks for candidates who show the potential to win the Marconi Prize -- the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in communications science -- at some point in the future. As a point of reference, Marconi Fellows have been at the forefront of every modern advance in telecommunications and the Internet.”The Young Scholar Awards include a financial stipend and an invitation and travel funds to attend the annual Marconi Award Dinner, to be held in September in Irvine and Newport Beach.