Stefania Bartoletti

Research Area Theory and experimentation of passive localization and tracking networks, especially with application to wireless sensor radar and next generation RFID systems
Current position Marie-Skłodowska Curie Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Ferrara
Education PhD, Engineering Science – Information Engineering, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
Master: Laurea in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
Young Scholar Prize Research Technology that provides accurate locations of people and things where current technologies are unavailable, offering locational context for many applications enabled by Internet of Things.
Other Honors 2016 Marie-Skłodowska Curie Fellow within the Horizon 2020 European Framework
Ph.D. thesis recognized among the best thesis in the field of Communication Technologies by the National Telecommunications and Information Theory Group (GTTI)
2015 IEEE CWIT Student Paper Award (first place) at IEEE Canadian Workshop on Information Theory
Nicolò Copernico Award for innovative thesis in Sciences and Technologies
Fun Fact I love movies, books, group fitness activities, and playing guitar.

George MacCartney, Jr.

Current position PhD Candidate, NYU
Education PhD, Electrical Engineering, NYU
MS, Electrical Engineering, Villanova University
BS, Electrical Engineering, Villanova University
Young Scholar Prize Research Millimeter wave wireless communications, including proving that these types of communications can work in urban non-line-of-sight conditions. This research enables the next generation of wireless networks that will significantly increase bandwidth and capacity globally.
Other Honors GAANN Fellowship Recipient
Co-author of IEEE VTC2016-Spring Conference Best Paper
Rev. Francis D. Dougherty, O.S.F.S. Endowed University Scholarship Recipient (Villanova University)
Lockheed Martin I.S.&G.S. Edward Reese Fellows Scholarship Recipient (Villanova University)
Fun Fact I played baseball from the age of 4 until my early 20’s and enjoy exercising and drawing in my spare time.

Junwen Zhang

Current position Researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Fiber-Wireless Integration and Networking (FiWIN)
Education PhD, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
BS, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
Young Scholar Prize Research High speed optical fiber transmission for future optical transport networks and next generation integrated fiber-wireless access technologies to deliver the increased network capacity and expanded coverage areas that emerging wireless standards like 5G will require.
Other Honors 2013 Wang Daheng Optics Award for College Students
2013 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship
2012 China Scholarship Council Fellowship

Joseph Lukens

Current Young Scholars Role Outreach Vice Chair
Research Area Creating highly secure networks that are based on the laws of physics and quantum communications, rather than the complexity of codes, which could be broken.
Current position Wigner Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Education Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
BS, Electrical Engineering and Physics, University of Alabama
Young Scholar Prize Research Secure optical communications based on temporal cloaking of high-speed classical data streams and pulse shaping of entangled photons to create secure quantum key distribution.
Other Honors 2015 Purdue College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award
2014 First Place Siegman International School on Lasers Poster Competition
2012 – 2015 NDSEG Fellowship
2011 University of Alabama Outstanding Senior Physics Major
Fun Fact I am an avid bass guitar player and almost went to college for music instead of engineering.