Jay Kumar Sundararajan

Research Area Wireless networks, network coding, low-latency communications
Current position Staff Engineer, Qualcomm Research
Education Ph.D. and S.M., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
B.Tech., Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras
Young Scholar Prize Research The role of feedback in network coding, with applications to TCP over wireless networks
Other Honors – 2005 Morris Joseph Levin Award – Best Oral Presentation of Master’s Thesis, awarded by the Department of EECS, MIT, 2005.
– 2003 Siemens Prize – Best academic record in B.Tech. (EE), Class of 2003, at IIT Madras.
– Received merit certificates from the Director of Education, Govt. of India, in recognition of the high position in the 10th (1997) and 12th grade (1999) board exams.
– 1997 National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Scholarship awarded by the National Council for Educational Research and Training, India.
Fun Fact I once learnt conversational Sanskrit (one of the oldest languages in the world) and can speak and understand it to some extent.

Hao Zou

Current Young Scholars Role Secretary Treasurer
Research Area FinTech, Machine Learning, Quantitative Finance, Dynamic Resource
Current position Chair Professor, Tsinghua University
Founder & Chairman, Abundy Inc.
Education PhD, Stanford University
MBA, Stanford University
Young Scholar Prize Research Communication theory and its applications to wireless and wire-line systems
Other Honors Forbes “30 under 30” in Finance
Eminent Young Overseas Chinese Under the Age of 45, by China’s State Council
Tau Beta Pi Fellow
Fun Fact I love rollerblading and skateboarding and wish I could commute on rollerblades or skateboard if it was safe and convenient to do so. I am a fan of sci-fi books and movies as well.

Rafael Laufer

Current Young Scholars Role Digital and  Web Administrator
Research Area Network architecture, protocols, and algorithms, with focus on network security, wireless networks, and network function virtualization.
Current position Quantitative Software Engineer, Two Sigma
Education Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
B.Sc., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Young Scholar Prize Research Network security against denial-of-service (DoS) attacks
Other Honors 2005 FAPERJ Fellowship, awarded to the top two grad students in Electrical Engineering
2005 UCLA Ph.D. Fellowship
2008 Paul Baran Marconi Young Scholar
Fun Fact Born in Brazil

Salman Abdul Baset

Current Young Scholars Role Former Chair
Research Area Cloud and mobile computing innovations that allow cloud and mobile applications to be more secure, and performance of clouds to be measured in a standard, reproducible, and meaningful way.
Current position CTO Security, IBM Blockchain Solutions
Education Ph.D. Computer Science, Columbia University
MS, Computer Science, Columbia University
BS, Computer System Engineering, GIK Institute of Sciences and Technology
Young Scholar Prize Research – SPEC (Standard Performance Evaluation) Presidential Award for leading the design and implementation of first industry standard infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud benchmark
– Served as the chair of distributed and fault tolerant computing professional interest community (PIC) in IBM from 2013-2014. Organized two workshops on Cloud Computing
– IBM Extra Ordinary Accomplishment Award
– IBM Research Division, and Fourth Plateau Awards
Fun Fact I garden in Mathatten!