|[September 11, 2013]
Marconi Society Announces 2013 Young Scholar Award Winners
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Three outstanding young researchers have been named as the 2013 Marconi
Society Paul Baran Young Scholars, recognizing their outstanding
work in the field of communications and the Internet. They will be
honored at the Marconi Society's annual gala in Bologna, Italy, October 1st,
where the Society also will present the 2014 Marconi Prize to cell phone
pioneer Martin Cooper (News - Alert).
The winning researchers are Domaniç Lavery, a 4th year PhD
student in the Optical
Networks Group (ONG) at University
College London (UCL); Ke Wang, a final-year PhD student with the National
ICT Australia - Victoria Research Laboratory (N ICTA-VRL) and The
University of Melbourne; and Salvatore Campione, a PhD Candidate at
of California, Irvine.
Lavery graduated from Durham
University with an Mphys
degree. His research at University College London (UCL) has been in
the area of Digital Coherent Transceivers for Passive Optical Networks,
a relatively new field of study in optical communications that
addresses the technical challenges of meeting the ever-growing demands
for Internet bandwidth. His focus has been on how coherent detection
techniques combined with novel DSP could make high capacity optical
access networks a reality. Lavery is a recipient of the IEEE
Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship Award and he has been
invited to present a paper at OFC2014,
the leading international conference in optical communications.
"Dom has demonstrated his potential through a series of quite brilliant
experiments and ideas," says Professor
Polina Bayvel FREng, Head of the Optical Networks
Group at UCL. "He has a true aptitude for research, is open minded and
creative. He combines insight, will and ability to solve hard
problems, in a practical way. Through a series of elegant and
thought-through experiments, he has demonstrated the use of a coherent
receiver for long-reach access networks at 10Gbit/s with the potential
to dramatically increase the bandwidth, number of subscribers and
distance. I have no doubt he will make highly significant contributions,
becoming a leader in the optical communications field."
Wang's research involves optical-wireless technology for ultra-broadband
in-building communications and reconfigurable optical interconnects. He
recently extended his work to encompass subsystem integration on a Silicon
Photonics platform. Over the past three years, he has been first
author on over 40 publications in top journals and conferences. He is a
graduate of Huazhong
University of Science and Technology/HUST, Wuhan China, with a
Bachelor of Science in Opto-Electronics.
"Mr. Wang has demonstrated an exceptional academic quality and
independence in research," says Professor
Christina Lim, one of Wang's research supervisors at the University
of Melbourne. "He has an amazing capacity to understand and analyze
complex optical theories and applies these theories in practical
demonstration. In addition, he has developed excellent practical
hands-on and strong experimental skills in the design, construct and
development of optical subsystems and systems for his research work.
There's no doubt he will make significant research contributions in the
years to come and will be a future leader in the field of optical
Campione, a double-degree graduate of Politecnico
di Torino and the University
of Illinois at Chicago, is collaborating with a number of
researchers worldwide on applying electromagnetics to nanostructures,
and their characterization. The research has possible applications in
such fields as medical diagnostics, solar cells, molecular sensors,
imaging systems, generation of coherent light sources in the ultra
violet, and next generation optoelectronic devices. Campione already has
published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 40
conference articles, and two book chapters. He has been awarded
scholarships in Optics and Photonics by SPIE,
the IEEE (News - Alert) Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship, the FGSA Travel
Award for Excellence in Graduate Research by the American
Physical Society (APS) and received the Sigma
Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, among other awards.
"Mr. Campione has asserted himself as a leader in the field of Optics,
photonic crystals, nano-photonics and nano-plasmonics in particular,"
says Michael Scalora, PhD, a research scientist at the U.S. Army
Aviation & Missile Command Charles M Bowden Research Facility where
Campione worked briefly in 2012 on a grant by the Army Research Office.
"He has revealed himself to be an outstanding researcher, a problem
solver, an innovator, with a strong background in electrical engineering
and theoretical physics. While still a graduate student at UC Irvine, he
has already made strong contributions in the advancement of our
understanding of linear and nonlinear plasmonic nano-structures."
"In selecting its Young 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 ," says Robert
Tkach, Chairman of the Young Scholar selection committee and a 2009
Marconi Prize Winner. "The 2013 winners exemplify these qualities."
This is the sixth 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 Young Scholar Awards winners are selected from nominations submitted
by faculty members, department chairs, or managers with whom they have
worked closely. The awards include a financial stipend and an invitation
and travel funds to attend the annual Marconi Award Dinner, to be held
this year in Bologna, Italy on October 1st. For more
information, please visit www.Marconisociety.org.
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