Rajalakshmi Nandakumar

Research Area Wireless sensor technology
Current position PhD candidate at the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Education Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Guindy, India
Young Scholar Prize Research Using smart phones to track physiological activities, such as respiration and movement, to solve pressing health care problems from sleep apnea to opioid overdoses.
Other Honors 2018 Judy Su Clinical research award UW
2018 Rising Stars Program
2016 UW CoMotion Graduate Student Innovator award
2016 Honorable mention award in ACM CHI conference
Fun Fact I love heights and always look for adventure activities in my vacations. Some of the memorable ones are bungee jumping in Victoria Falls, parasailing in Bangkok and skydiving in Seattle.

Qurrat-Ul-Ain Nadeem

Research Area Applications of random matrix theory (RMT) in wireless communications, with focus on channel modeling and performance analysis of elevation beamforming and linear precoding/detection in massive MIMO settings.
Current position PhD Candidate, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
Education MS, Electrical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
BS, Electrical Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan
Young Scholar Prize Research Development of Full-Dimension (FD) MIMO/elevation beamforming technology for evolution towards 5G and beyond wireless communication systems. This research bridged the gap between the 3GPP’s vision for FD-MIMO and the theoretical study of elevation beamforming by proposing efficient active antenna array designs, developing 3D channel models and characterizing spatial correlation functions to support and evaluate this technology. The proposed elevation beamforming schemes can significantly increase the number of served mobile broadband subscribers in 3D urban macro/micro scenarios while guaranteeing a significantly improved quality of service.
Other Honors 2013-2018 KAUST Graduate Fellowship for MS/PhD Degree.
2009-2013 LUMS Dean’s Honour List Scholar.
2007 World Top in GCE O Level Additional Mathematics.
Fun Fact I cannot work without music and spend most of my spare time watching sitcoms. I have watched Friends eight times in the last ten years.

Ding Nie

Research Area High-bandwidth multiport radio-frequency circuits and systems.
Current position RF Systems Integration Engineer, Apple
Education PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Electronic Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Young Scholar Prize Research Establishing the fundamental limit on the bandwidth of coupled multi-antenna systems, thus generalizing the classical Bode-Fano bounds to arbitrary antenna systems.
Other Honors 2018 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Harold A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award
2016 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium Student Paper Competition Honorable Mention
2016 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Outstanding Young Author Award
2014 DARPA Spectrum Challenge Finalist
Fun Fact Basketball is my favorite game to play. So much so that I almost do not do any other sports. American football is my favorite game to watch. But I have never played it myself.

Di Che

Research Area Optical fiber transmission systems.
Current position Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, Nokia Bell Labs (Holmdel, NJ)
Education PhD, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Bachelor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China
Young Scholar Prize Research Transform and apply modern digital coherent technologies to the multiple-layer optical transport network aiming to improve the capacity-distance product cost-efficiently.
Other Honors 2017 OSA Outstanding Reviewer (The Optical Society)
2015 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship
2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad
Fun Fact I made my first visit to Sydney by cycling from Melbourne. It took me 10 days!