Wireless systems expert Yasaman Ghasempour has been named one of three 2020 Paul Baran Young Scholars by the Marconi Society. The award recognizes outstanding research in information and communication technologies that serve to build a more inclusive digital world.
Ghasempour has developed innovations that efficiently connect devices such as mobile phones and autonomous vehicles to advanced networks promising ultra-fast wireless connectivity. Her research, which leverages radiation in the high-frequency terahertz range, combines an understanding of remote sensing systems and wireless systems to help bring 5G and 6G applications to consumers.
“Yasaman’s focus on designing fast, affordable internet with minimal device cost and power consumption is key to connecting the next billion users. We are proud to welcome her to the Marconi Society and look forward to her continued innovations,” Vint Cerf, Chair of the Marconi Society and one of the founding designers of the internet, said in a statement.
In accepting the award, Ghasempour recorded a video conversation with 2020 Marconi Prize Fellow Andrea Goldsmith, who is also the incoming dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton.
Goldsmith said she is "very optimistic" about the kinds of technologies Ghasempour will develop. " [She's] pioneering a whole new field," Goldsmith said.
Originally from Iran, Ghasempour earned her Ph.D. from Rice University in May. She will join the Princeton faculty as an assistant professor of electrical engineering on Jan. 1, 2021.