Marconi Prize, Engineering Celebrity Commercial, & UNCC Grad (June 2017)

Arun N. Netravali, Ph.D. (TX G ’69), has been named the 2017 Marconi Prize winner. Dr. Netravali is the former President of Bell Labs (now Nokia Bell Labs) and leader of pioneering work on video compression standards that served as the key base technology for MPEG 1, 2 and 4 and enabled a wide range of video services including digital TV, HDTV, and streaming video, ushering in a digital video revolution. The technology is used in most TV sets and all mobile phones today.

Read the full announcement from The Marconi Society for more details on the awards ceremony on October 3, 2017. Dr. Netravali earned his Ph.D. from Rice University and now holds 100 patents in the areas of computer networks, human interfaces to machines, picture processing, and digital television.


General Electric has a goal to have 20,000 women in tech roles by 2020. To this end, they have produced a commercial depicting what it would look like if female scientists were treated like celebrities, and using Mildred (Millie) Dresselhaus, Ph.D. (SC G ’51), as the example.

Dr. Dresselhaus was the first woman to win the National Medal of Science in Engineering. She passed away in February 2017.


Recent electrical and computer engineering graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte was profiled by the Statesville Record & Landmark. Layton A. Hall, NC D 2017, was a double major, also earning a degree Physics, and was the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Senior in Electrical Engineering.

Click here for the article, which profiles Hall who was also the ringer of the Old Victory Bell and will pursue a graduate degree in optical science and engineering.


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