Marconi Society Young Scholars Program

2013 Paul Baran Young Scholars


Salvatore Campione recognized at UCI for Marconi Young Scholar Award

Samueli School of Engineering doctoral student Salvatore Campione has been named a 2013 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar. This award is given each year to scholars age 27 or younger who have already demonstrated exceptional engineering or scientific research. Read more…

2012 Paul Baran Young Scholars

View the photos of the 2012 Young Scholars from this years event.


Recognizing, Rewarding and Inspiring Young Scholars

Most scientists today agree that basic research is not being supported as it should be. Long relied-upon funding sources for basic research are increasingly focused on shorter-term payoffs, and are being cut back even as needs and opportunities accelerate. The Marconi Society can make a difference by strongly advocating for more public and private investment in science education and research and by becoming a source of mentorship and encouragement for top students in the field.

In 2008, with a generous donation from 2007 Marconi Fellow Professor Ron Rivest, we created and launched the Young Scholars Award, selecting four scholars at U.S. universities to receive financial stipends and travel funds to attend our annual Awards Gala and to connect with some of the most sought-after mentors in the world, Marconi Fellows. Young Scholars make a commitment to remain involved in our organization, to attend future events, and to help us reach out and motivate other exceptional young scholars.

The Marconi Society made a commitment to continue to fund this successful program, and in 2009, five Young Scholars were chosen from top engineering schools in Italy, France, the U.K., and the United States. We also will continue to support the ongoing participation of existing Young Scholars, who immeasurably enrich our organization. To learn more about these exceptional young men, click here.

Young Scholar Updates

2008 Young Scholar Salman Abdul Baset, a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University, recently initiated an online lecture series where researchers and entrepreneurs present their work to university students in Pakistan over a video link. He hopes that such an initiative can be replicated all over the world, and will help bridge the knowledge divide, and foster interaction between students. If you are interested  in learning more about this program, please visit  

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2009 Young Scholars Video


EECS PhD Candidate Honored by Marconi Society

Work on fundamental limits of wideband cooperative localization earns Yuan Shen the Young Scholar award.

Yuan Shen, a researcher and PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, received the Marconi Society Young Scholar Award for his work on the fundamental limits of wideband cooperative localization. The award was presented on Oct. 15 at the Marconi Awards Dinner in Menlo Park, Calif., where Adobe co-founders Charles Geschke and John Warnock also received the 2010 Marconi Prize.

Wideband cooperative localization is an emerging paradigm for determining precise position and time information of mobile nodes in a wideband wireless network that exploits cooperation among the nodes. Shen's work, detailed in a two-part paper in the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory October 2010 issue, provides new insights into cooperative localization and facilitates the design of location-aware networks.

Now in its third year, the Marconi Young Scholar Awards Program recognizes outstanding young researchers in the fields of communications and the Internet. "Marconi Society Young Scholars have demonstrated extraordinary early promise and already have made an impact in their fields of research," said Robert Lucky, chairman of the Marconi Society. "The selection committee looks for candidates who show the potential to win the Marconi Prize — the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in communications science — at some point in the future."

Shen is one of three students chosen this year from an international slate of candidates. Shen was born in Shanghai and received his BS degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing. He held the Walter A. Rosenblith Presidential Fellowship and is working under the supervision of Professor Moe Win at MIT.

"Shen's work is impressive and he has chosen an important field of study," said Theodore Rappaport, a professor and founding director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin. "Location awareness could revolutionize several present and future technologies since positional information is often needed to facilitate numerous operations. There are many important military and commercial applications that benefit from precise position and time information, including blue-force tracking, search-and-rescue operations, intruder detection, asset management, coordination of events, and authentication for secure communication."

The Marconi Society Young Scholars Awards were launched with a generous donation from 2007 Marconi Fellow Ronald L. Rivest, an MIT professor who co-founded RSA encryption, the major encryption system used throughout the world for secure transactions on the Internet.

The Marconi Society was established in 1974 through an endowment set up by Gioia Marconi Braga, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented radio (wireless telegraphy). Through symposia, conferences, forums and publications, the Marconi Society promotes awareness of major innovations in communication theory, technology and applications with particular attention to understanding how they change and benefit society.

Original MITnews Article