Nokia Bell Labs announced Dec. 8 that Indian American assistant professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University Kaushik Sengupta has been named the 2017 winner of the Bell Labs Prize.
Sengupta was named the winner of the fourth annual prize for his invention of a radical new transceiver chip technology that could power a truly universal software-defined reconfigurable radio, according to a Nokia Bell Labs news release.
Among Sengupta's research interests are silicon-based RF, mm-Wave and THz circuits and systems, on-chip active electromagnetic field synthesis and self-healing and reconfigurable integrated circuits and systems in silicon, among others.
Sengupta, who earned a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a master's and doctorate from the California Institute of Technology, was an IBM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow and Caltech Institute Fellow, as well as an IIT Kharagpur Prime Minister Gold Medal recipient. He has been at Princeton University since February 2013.
The Indian American also in 2017 was among a group of researchers named Young Investigator awardees by the Office of Naval Research.
Joining Sengupta as 2017 winners, honored during an event at Nokia Bell Labs headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., were research teams Tse Nga Ng of U.C. San Diego and Jason Azoulay of the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as Ireland-based University College Cork's Colm O'Dwyer, who all finished tied for second.
The 2017 winners demonstrated breakthroughs in advanced radio technology, flexible organic senor electronics, and new wearable power sources with an impact on “creating time” for humankind, Nokia Bell Labs said.
The winners were hand-picked from among nine finalists, who were in turn drawn from a total of over 330 proposals from 35 countries, it said.
The prize winners demonstrated game-changing ideas in science, technology, engineering or mathematics with the potential to solve broader societal challenges humans face within the next ten years.
In addition to their cash prizes, the winners will also be given the opportunity to collaborate with the world-renowned researchers at Nokia Bell Labs on the further development of their ideas, according to the news release.
The Bell Labs Prize is a competition for innovators from participating countries around the globe that seeks to recognize proposals that "change the game" in the field of information and communications technologies by a factor of 10, and provides selected innovators the unique opportunity to collaborate with Bell Labs researchers to help realize their vision, according to the prize website.