Skip to main content
Enter search terms below…

Member News

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumnus Honored for Pioneering Contributions to Wireless Communications



Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumnus Nambi Seshadri ’86 has been selected to receive the 2018 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the highest honor conferred by IEEE in the field of communications and networking, for his “contributions to the theory and practice of wireless communications.”

“We are delighted with the news of this great honor for Dr. Seshadri,” said Rensselaer School of Engineering Dean Shekhar Garde. “Networking and wireless communications are driving the fourth industrial revolution, and Dr. Seshadri’s work is at the forefront of it. This medal is a testament to how Rensselaer graduates are changing the world for the better.”

Until January 2016, Seshadri was senior vice president and CTO 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.

Prior to to joining Broadcom Corporation, Seshadri was a longtime member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Lab Laboratories and head of communications research at AT&T Shannon Labs. When he arrived at Bell Labs, Seshadri was asked to work on reliable digital speech communications for what is known today as 2G cellular systems. Along with Bell Labs colleagues Carl-Erik Sundberg, Richard Cox, and Joachim Hagenauer, Seshadri devised methods to analyze the effect of wireless channel impairments on state-of-the-art speech coders and built novel error-protection schemes that ensured reliable speech communications. These techniques influenced the development of 2G cellular systems.

A decade later at Bell Labs, Seshadri and his colleagues pioneered techniques for wireless communications using multiple transmit antennas. These techniques created a new field of wireless communications called space-time coding, which has influenced the development of cellular as well as Wi-Fi systems that we have used for well over a decade and continue to use today.

He was elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (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. He holds approximately 200 patents. He was a co-recipient of the IEEE Information Theory Paper Award in 1999 for his paper with Vahid Tarokh and Robert Calderbank on space-time codes and his JSAC paper on space-time coding modems (co-authored with Tarokh, Calderbank, and Ayman Naguib) was selected by IEEE Communication Society for publication in “The Best of the Best: Fifty Years of Communications and Networking Research” in 2003.

Seshadri is currently professor of electrical and computer engineering at University of California, San Diego. He serves as consulting chief technologist to Quantenna Communications and as an adviser to several startups. Seshadri received a B.E. degree in electronics and communications from Regional Engineering College (now NITT), in Tiruchirapalli, India, in 1982, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in 1984 and 1986, respectively.

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.

Northern Rivers Family of Services’ Early Head Start program has been awarded a $3,750 grant from Stewart’s Holiday Match and a $2,500 grant from National Grid. The funds will be used to purchase learning supplies, play equipment, bottles, diapers, books, and other needs for the facility and its clients. Early Head Start, operated by Northern…
Leaders of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Unity House announced that the Unity House Downtown Troy Ambassadors Program, which employs individuals to guide visitors through downtown Troy and provide assistance to residents who may need it, has been expanded to help patrons visiting the Music Hall. The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation…
CAP COM Federal Credit Union has opened its 11th branch at 899 Western Avenue, Albany. The 3,300-square-foot branch is conveniently located close to the State Office Campus and the University at Albany (SUNY).  "Brick and mortar is still a large part of CAP COM’s business, even as more members are using our digital and mobile platforms,” said…
May
03
Market, develop & connect at our must-attend event of the year! The Annual Dinner {with a twist} & Business Expo is the Chamber’s premier event of…
5:30 p.m. Networking & Expo Booths
May
08
This course focuses on understanding core Excel features for enhanced productivity and effectiveness in business. Topics Include: • Working with Formulas…
8 - 8:30 a.m. Check-in; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Training
May
10
Join us as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Ruck! The community has embraced the business and changes as The Ruck evolved into the Craft Beer…
4 p.m.