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Industrial Innovation Award 2017 - Thomas L. Marzetta

"For originating the concept of Massive MIMO, and for sustained contributions to the development and promotion of that technology."

Thomas L. Marzetta

Thomas Marzetta is Distinguished Industry Professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, ECE Department. Born in Washington, DC, he received the PhD and SB in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 and 1972, and the MS in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in 1973. Prior to joining NYU, he had three industrial research careers: petroleum exploration at Schlumberger-Doll Research (1978 – 1987), defense at Nichols Research Corporation (1987 – 1995), and telecommunications at Bell Labs (1995 – 2017). At Bell Labs, he directed the Communications and Statistical Sciences Department within the former Mathematical Sciences Research Center, and he was elected a Bell Labs Fellow. He originated Massive MIMO, one of the cornerstones of fifth generation wireless technology. He is the lead author of the book “Fundamentals of Massive MIMO”.

Prof. Marzetta was on the Advisory Board of MAMMOET (Massive MIMO for Efficient Transmission), an EU-sponsored FP7 project, and he was Coordinator of the GreenTouch Consortium’s Large Scale Antenna Systems Project. He has received awards including the 2015 IEEE Stephen O. Rice Prize, the 2015 IEEE W. R. G. Baker Award, and the 2013 IEEE Guglielmo Marconi Prize Paper Award. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2003, and he received an Honorary Doctorate from Linköping University in 2015.