Nambi Seshadri

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers awarded Nambi Seshadri with the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal. (ucsd.edu photo)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers recently announced that it has awarded Nambi Seshadri with its prestigious Alexander Graham Bell Medal.

Seshadri, Indian American chief technologist at San Jose, Calif.-based Quantenna Communications Inc., was selected for the honor for his exceptional contributions to wireless, networking and engineering. In addition to this high honor, Seshadri’s prize consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate, and an honorarium, according to a Quantenna Dec. 5 news release.

“The innovations by Nambi form the basis for some of today’s Wi-Fi and other wireless networking standards and systems, now in use by billions of Wi-Fi users,” said Dr. Sam Heidari, chairman and chief executive at Quantenna. “We are honored to have such a distinguished and accomplished chief technologist on our team. The process is extraordinarily competitive, this is a great lifetime accomplishment and one of the most prestigious honors that one may receive in our field.”

In addition to serving as chief technologist to Quantenna, Seshadri is a professor of electrical and computer engineering for U.C. San Diego.

Prior to Quantenna, Seshadri was senior vice president and chief technology officer of the broadband and connectivity group at Broadcom Corporation where he was responsible for many of the wireless initiatives, spearheading the development of technologies such as 2G, 3G and 4G cellular communications, mobile multimedia, low-power WiFi and many others, IEEE said. From 2011-2014, he also served as the general manager of the Mobile Platforms Business Unit.

Prior to joining Broadcom Corporation, he was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Lab Laboratories and head of communications research at AT&T Shannon Labs, where he contributed to fundamental advances in wireless communication theory and practice.

He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2000 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering USA in 2012 and as a foreign member of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2013.

A graduate of the Regional Engineering College in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, India, and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Seshadri holds about 200 patents. He was a co-recipient of the IEEE Information Theory Paper Award in 1999 for his paper with Tarokh and Calderbank on space-time codes, and his JSAC paper on space-time coding modems with Naguib, Tarokh and Calderbank was selected by the IEEE Communication Society for publication in “The Best of the Best: Fifty Years of Communications and Networking Research” in 2003.

The IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal was established in 1976 by the IEEE Board of Directors in commemoration of the centennial of the telephone's invention, to provide recognition for outstanding contributions to telecommunications, according to the institute’s website.

The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 was a major event in electrotechnology. It was instrumental in stimulating the broad telecommunications industry that has dramatically improved life throughout the world. As an individual, Bell himself exemplified the contributions that scientists and engineers have made to the betterment of mankind, IEEE said.

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