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MIT PhD candidate wins Marconi Young Scholars award

Award was launched this year with financial help of MIT professor
Jay Kumar Sundararajan
Jay Kumar Sundararajan

Jay Kumar Sundararajan, a PhD candidate in electrical engineering and computer science at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT, was named one of four students nationwide to be honored by the Marconi Society as a Young Scholar Award winner.

The Marconi Society, an organization devoted to recognizing and encouraging scientific contributions in the field of communications science and the Internet, recognized Sundararajan for his outstanding work in the field of network coding and its applications.

This is the first year the Young Scholars Awards have been granted by the organization best known for its annual $100,000 Marconi Award and Fellowship, which is given to living scientists whose scope of work and influence emulate the principle of "creativity in service to humanity." The Young Scholars program was launched with a generous donation from 2007 Marconi Fellow Ronald L. Rivest, an MIT professor who was a co-founder of RSA encryption, the major encryption system used throughout the world for secure transactions on the Internet.

Sundararajan and his MIT collaborators work on complex issues such as the impact of network coding on the through-put of the multicast crossbar switch. The result is speeding up data transfer, a major challenge for engineers.

Sundararajan received his master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science in 2005 from MIT, where he was given the Morris Joseph Levin Award for the best oral presentation of a master's thesis from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The Young Scholar Awards include a financial stipend and an invitation and travel funds for winners to attend the annual Marconi Award Dinner, which this year will be held at the Royal Society in London.

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