Joseph Kakande

Marconi Young Scholar Joseph Kakande

Recognized in 2011

“One of the best parts about being a Young Scholar is being involved in mentoring undergraduate students through the Celestini program.  It was a great experience and I emerged all the better for it.”

Current Young Scholars Role

Former Chair

Research Area

Scaling the capacity, reach, and power efficiency of fiber optic communications networks.

Current Position

Network Engineer, Facebook


  • Ph.D., Optoelectronics, University of Southampton
  • MEng, Electrical Engineering , University of Hull

Young Scholar Research

Ultra high speed, all-optical signal processing of coherent optical communications signals, based on nonlinear fiber optic devices.

Other Honors

  • 2008 – 2012 University of Southampton ORC PhD Research Scholarship
  • 2004 – 2008 University of Hull Lord Wilberforce Full tuition Scholarship
  • 2007 Institute of Engineering and Technology Prize, UK
  • 2007 Nuffield Science Bursary for Academic Scientific Research, UK

Fun Fact

Born in Uganda, which is the world’s most ethnically diverse country – we have more than 40 different languages!