Joseph Kakande, a 2011 Paul Baran Young Scholar with his advisor David Richardson, both from the University of Southampton.

Marconi Society seeks nominations of young scholars

The Marconi Society is currently taking nominations for its 2012 Paul Baran Young Scholar Awards, which recognises outstanding young scientists and engineers from around the world.

Paul Baran Young Scholars receive a US$4,000 cash prize plus $1,000 in expenses to attend the Society’s annual awards gala, which will be held this September in California. This year three awards are up for grabs.

All nominations must be submitted on behalf of a candidate by a faculty advisor and/or technical manager and the deadline for entry is 15 May. Nominees must be aged 27 or younger.

“This is an opportunity for universities to ensure that their brightest young researchers gain well-deserved recognition as well as the chance to meet and network with some of the industry’s best-known scientists and engineers,” says Professor David Payne, chairman of the Marconi Society and head of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton.

Founded in 1974 to honour radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, the Marconi Society recognises the achievements of living scientists in the field of information and communications science. It is best known for its Marconi Prize, given annually to an individual or individuals whose accomplishments in the field of communications and the Internet have significantly benefited mankind. Among its recipients have been Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Mark Jacobs, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe and IP/TCP Protocol co-inventors Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn.

Further information on the Paul Baran Young Scholar Awards.

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