NewsIndiaTimes – that’s all you need to know News India Times January 19, 2018 18 Community By StaffWriter -NEWYORK ndian American Nambi Seshadri has received the Alexander Graham Bell Medal from the IEEE, in field of com- munications and networking. According to a press release, Seshadri received the 2018 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal for his “contributions to the the- ory and practice of wireless communica- tions.” “We are delighted with the news of this great honor for Dr. Seshadri. 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,” said Shekhar Garde, the Dean of Rensselaer School of Engineering, where Seshadri graduated from in 1986. Seshadri was the senior vice president and CTO of the broadband and connectivi- ty group at Broadcom Corporation, until January 2016. While there, he was responsible for many of the wireless initiatives such as spearheading the development of tech- nologies like 2G, 3G, and 4G cellular com- munications, mobile multimedia, low- powerWiFi, and many others. Prior to joining Broadcom Corporation, Seshadri was a longtime member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Lab Laboratories and was the head of commu- nications research at AT&T Shannon Labs. At Bell Labs, Seshadri was asked to work on reliable digital speech communications for what is known today as 2G cellular sys- tems. He also 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, along with Carl-Erik Sundberg, Richard Cox, and Joachim Hagenauer. A decade later, Seshadri and his col- leagues pioneered techniques for wireless communications using multiple transmit antennas, which created a new field of wireless communications called space- time coding and has influenced the devel- opment of cellular as well asWi-Fi systems that we have been using, In 2000, Seshadri was elected as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), he was then elected to the National Academy of Engineering (USA) in 2012 and as a foreign member of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2013. Seshadri holds approximately 200 patents and is the co-recipient of the 1999 IEEE Information Theory Paper Award for his paper with Vahid Tarokh and Robert Calderbank on space-time codes. His JSAC paper on space-time coding modems was selected by the IEEE Communication Society for publication in “The Best of the Best: Fifty Years of Communications and Networking Research” in 2003. Currently, Seshadri is an electrical and computer engineering professor at the University of California in San Diego and serves as the consulting chief technologist to Quantenna Communications as well as an adviser to several startups. Seshadri earned his B.E. degree in elec- tronics and communications from Regional Engineering College (now NITT), in Tiruchirapalli, India (1982) and his M.S. (1984) along with his Ph.D. (1986) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Professor Nambi Seshadri Receives Alexander GrahamBell Medal I By StaffWriter -NEWYORK T wo Indian American teenagers, Saaketh Vedantam, a junior at American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida and Vignesh Rajmohan, a senior at James L. Mann High School in Greenville, South Carolina, are among 12 contestants who will compete in the 2018 ‘WhoWants to Be a Mathematician Championship’, to be held in San Diego on Jan. 13. According to the championship’s web- site, Vedantam says that he loves calculus and calls it the ‘Crazy 8’s’ while Rajmohan is enjoying his ongoing research project on natural methods of water purification. The contestants are selected based on their scores on an online qualifying test with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability, and the history of math. The game will be broadcasted live online at: bam2018 The winner receives a prize of $10,000: $5,000 for themselves and $5,000 for their school’s math department. This is the ninth year that this champi- onship is taking place and more than 800 students have won over $500,000 in cash and prizes. ‘WhoWants to Be a Mathematician’ is part of the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego which is attended by more than 6,000 mathematicians. Two Teenagers Selected For ‘Who Wants To Be A Mathematician Championship’ Nambi Seshadri By StaffWriter A n Indian-American developer has donated 8 acres of land to a Christian school in Rockford, Illinois. Sunil Puri, president of First Midwest Group, and his family, donated the land adjacent to Rockford Christian Schools, valued at more than $2.7 million. It was officially gifted to the Rockford Christian Education Association Dec. 26, “and will be used for future expansion of the school,” Puri posted on the First Midwest Group Facebook site. The parcel is adjacent to their existing facilities on Bell School and Guilford sd. fronting I-90. “The enrichment of this area and educa- tion is close to my heart. I was welcomed to Rockford University and embraced by the Rockford community as a foreign stu- dent,” Puri said on Facebook, adding, “This land will allow for future growth by estab- lishing a site for construction of a new ele- mentary school.” Rockford Christian Schools, on its web- site, shows expansion plans for the adja- cent land, and outlines the envisioned campus. The RCS, said it had “significant expansion plans which include building an Indoor Fitness and Recreation Facility, a Center for the Arts, and a residence hall to enhance its college-preparatory experience and serve as a home for students from around the nation and the world.” This is not the first time Puri and his family have donated land to that educa- tional institution. According to , the Puri family and First Midwest Group donated 20 acres of land in 1996 for the original school, and another 2 acres in 2002 for a science and humanities center. “We are thrilled, as a 20 year partner- ship, we’ve just seen this grow from a farm into what it has turned into and I can’t think of any better stewards of this land and the legacy than Rockford Christian,” Puri said on the First Midwest Group’s Facebook page. “This is something that is dear to my heart. I’ve driven by it and I’ve seen the progress and the growth over this period of time.” Puri added. According to his biography on the com- pany website, Puri, 57, was born in Bombay, and immigrated to the United States in 1979 to attend Rockford University, where he graduated in 1982 with a B.S. in accounting. He also graduat- ed from the Harvard Business School Program of Management and Leadership. He co-founded the real estate develop- ment firm, First Midwest Group, formerly First Rockford Group, in 1984. The compa- ny develops retail, office, and warehouse projects, owns and operates restaurant and hospitality properties. Developer Donates 8 Acres Of Land To Christian School Facebook Real estate developer and philanthropist Sunil Puri, president of First Midwest Group of Rockford, Illinois.