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Marconi Award honours young PhD scholar

Congratulations to Desmond (Ke) Wang, on receiving the 2013 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholars Award, one of only three students to receive the award. Desmond, a final-year PhD student with the National ICT Australia (NICTA), Victoria Research Lab and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne, is the first Australian Student to receive this prestigious award.

The Marconi Society is the premier organisation recognising the achievements of living scientists in the field of communications science and the Internet. Young Scholars are individuals who have, at an early age, already demonstrated exceptional engineering or scientific research and entrepreneurial capabilities with the potential to create significant advances telecommunications and the Internet.

Desmond’s research involves optical-wireless technology for ultra-broadband in-building communications and reconfigurable optical interconnects. He recently extended his work to encompass subsystem integration on a silicon photonics platform. Over the past three years, he has been first author on over 40 publications in top journals and conferences. His supervisors are Professors Christina Lim, Thas Nirmalathas and Stan Skafidas.

Professor Lim said that Desmond has demonstrated an exceptional academic quality and independence in research.

“He has an amazing capacity to understand and analyse complex optical theories and applies these theories in practical demonstration. There’s no doubt he will make significant research contributions in the years to come and will be a future leader in the field of optical communications,” Professor Lim said.

Desmond will travel to Bologna, Italy to collect his prize on 1st October.

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