Paul Baran Young Scholar Award

The Paul Baran Young Scholar Award recognizes a diverse group of outstanding young scientists and engineers who have demonstrated exceptional capabilities and potential to bring about digital inclusivity.  Academic faculty, business leaders and mentors nominate Young Scholars each year.

The Young Scholars are a community of scientists dedicated to improving the world by advancing the frontiers of telecommunications and networking to include all people.

We honor their creative work in the spirit of the boldness and vision exemplified by Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi. In addition to a cash award and travel expenses to be honored at the Marconi Society annual symposium, Young Scholars are an active part of a prestigious community and enjoy these unique benefits:

  • Inspirational networking with industry luminaries and a fast-rising cohort.
  • Social impact through the Young Scholar’s Celestini Project designed to help students in developing countries use technology to solve local issues.
  • International recognition with immediate global credibility being given to their work.
  • Leadership opportunities through actively engaging with the Young Scholar cohort.

A Career-Changing Award

Vint Cerf, Marconi Society Chair

Joe Lukens, 2015 Young Scholar

Qurrat-Ul-Ain Nadeem, 2018 Young Scholar

Eitan Yaakobi, 2009 Young Scholar

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Paul Baran Young Scholar Award Selection Advisory Committee

Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholars are selected by an esteemed committee of scientific innovators with diverse backgrounds, viewpoints and expertise. The Marconi Society is honored to have their perspectives.

Dr. Joseph Kakande

Committee Chair, Network Engineer, Facebook

Dr. Aakanksha Chowdhery

Researcher, Google Brain

Dr. Elza Erkip

Institute Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at New York University Tandon School of Engineering

Brad Parkinson

Dr. Brad Parkinson

Edward C. Wells Professor in the School of Engineering, Stanford University, Emeritus

Dennis Roberson

Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Member of Roberson and Associates, LLC

Dr. Henry Samueli

Chairman of the Board of Broadcom Inc; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA; Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Irvine

Robert Tkach

Dr. Robert Tkach

Marconi Society Vice Chair, Director of Advanced Photonics Research at Nokia Bell Labs