Paul Baran Young Scholars Nominations

Please help the Marconi Society identify outstanding Young Scholars.

The Marconi Society was established in 1974 to honor Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented radio (wireless telegraphy).  Along with the annual Marconi Prize to a living scientist or scientists whose contributions in the field of information and communications science have benefited mankind, the Society recognizes young scientists and engineers with the potential to make extraordinary contributions in this field. We are now seeking nominations for the 2016 Paul Baran Young Scholar Awards, which will be presented November 2, 2016 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Young Scholars receive a $4000 cash prize plus $1000 in expenses to attend the event. This is an opportunity for them to gain well-deserved recognition, and meet and network with some of the industry’s best-known scientists and engineers.

Young Scholars are identified as having the potential to someday become Marconi Prize winners; scientists whose work underlies virtually every major advance in telecommunications and the Internet. Young Scholars selected since the program’s inception in 2009 already have founded successful companies, participated in major research projects, and joined the faculty of some of the world’s top universities.

If you know a student who has demonstrated outstanding research capability, entrepreneurial spirit and technical vision, we invite you to nominate them for this year’s award. Only candidates born in 1988 or later are eligible for the award in 2016. Complete nomination instructions and the online application are accessible through this link:

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016. If you have questions, please direct them to:

Ms. Hatti Hamlin
Executive Director
The Marconi Society

Selection Committee:

  • Joseph Kakande, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Prof. Ramesh Rao, University of California at San Diego
  • Prof. Dave Richardson, University of Southampton
  • Prof. Dennis Roberson, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Henry Samueli, Broadcom Corporation
  • Robert Tkach, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Prof. Moe Win, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Technology and Entrepreneurship Symposium

The Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Technology and Entrepreneurship Symposium

APRIL 13, 2016, 10AM-3PM

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 8.40.28 PMThe Marconi Society Young Scholars will be hosting a Technology and Entrepreneurship Symposium on April 13th, 2016 in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) lounge located on the 6th floor of the Stata Center (Building 32, Dreyfoos Tower) in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The morning session will feature a poster and pitch session for graduate students to exhibit their research to the Marconi Fellows and others in attendance, while the afternoon session will feature talks from startup entrepreneurs regarding the challenges and lessons learned in starting a company, some while still in graduate school. This is also the perfect event to meet and interact with Marconi Fellows.

Registration: Register HERE to present a poster and/or attend the symposium. Lunch will be provided to registered attendees. If you would like to present a poster, we ask that each presenter also gives a short 1- to 2-minute pitch. A projector will be available.



10:30 10:45 Welcome remarks from the Marconi Young Scholars
10:45 11:30 Poster pitch session, 1-2 minutes per poster
11:30 12:30 Poster session, lunch provided
12:30 12:45 The Celestini program and the recent symposium on Transformative Digital technologies
12:45 2:00 Startup Talks
2:00 2:30 Startup Q&A Panel
2:30 3:00 Networking afterward



Dr. Aleksandr Biberman
Founder, Jisto

Dr. Alok Tayi
Co-Founder, TetraScience

Dr. Hao Zou
Founder, Abundy

Dr. Ken Pesyna
Co-Founder, Radiosense

Jisto Announces $2.45M in Funding

Jisto, a novel enterprise solution for maximizing computer resource utilization, closed $2.45 million in seed financing led by Boston-based .406 Ventures. Jisto debuted its Elastic Workload Manager at Container World 16 in Santa Clara, CA.

Jisto was founded in 2013 by Aleksandr (Sasha) Biberman, a 2010 Marconi Society Young Scholar, and Andrey Turovsky. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Jisto is a MassChallenge 2014 Silver winner and an Edison Awards 2016 Finalist in the “Smart Grids and Servers” category. The Edison Awards recognize the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in the world, while strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity and ingenuity.

Most servers, whether physical, virtual or cloud-based, are only 20 percent utilized, leaving a huge amount of stranded capacity in data centers. The Jisto Elastic Workload Manager uniquely monitors the resources being used by all applications in real-time and deploys additional workloads into the idle capacity whenever possible. By grabbing and yielding resources in real-time, Elastic Workload Manager mitigates resource contention and allocates resources to higher-priority applications to support peak loads.

Jisto allows additional applications, such as simulation, forecasting, genomic sequencing and other high-performance computing applications, to gain access to the stranded resources within existing computing infrastructure, with no additional hardware purchases. With Jisto, utilization rates can be raised by a factor of two-to-three or more without impacting performance of applications, operating systems or existing servers.

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Celestini Prize

Bell Labs and the Marconi Society sponsored the ‘Symposium on Transformative Digital Technologies’ on February 3 in Kampala, Uganda, as a culmination of the 2015 Celestini program. ‘Future Networks’ was the theme of the event, which was the largest ICT event of the area for the past 5 years. The highlight was the Celestini Prize, which “honors the demonstration of innovation and blue-sky thinking in developing a telecom-based solution to a socioeconomic challenge” selected by a panel that included Bob Tkach, Guilhem de Valicourt and Joseph Kakande from Bell Labs, as well as other local judges.

The Marconi Society has long recognized the many seminal contributions of Bell Labs in Communications Technologies: nine current or former Bell Labs researchers have received the prestigious Marconi Prize, and another three the Marconi Lifetime Achievement award, one of whom was Claude Shannon. The symposium in Kampala was a result of both organizations’ interests in deploying the power of information and communications networks to solving global ‘human need’ problems. The Celestini program has been lauded by many communications luminaries including Vint Cerf, Google Chief Internet Evangelist and co-inventor of TCP/IP, reiterating the credit it reflects on both Bell Labs & the Marconi Society.