On December 1, 2015 we announced the latest class of Bell Labs Fellows.

The five Fellows are members of the Bell Labs technical community who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to the company throughout their careers. It is the company’s highest commendation for technical excellence.

We selected the nominees through a rigorous application process which includes executive sponsor nominations, extensive internal/external endorsements, and CTO selection committee review and voting. This year’s honorees join an elite group of 274 past Fellows dating back to the award’s beginning in 1982. 

The Bell Labs Fellows are honored as a group during a special dinner ceremony in New Jersey, receiving a Fellows plaque and a financial award. A larger plaque of each Fellow is hung on the ‘Wall of Fellows’ in the main lobby of Bell Labs in Murray Hill, USA.

The 2015 Fellows are:





EricBauerEric Bauer, IP Platforms 
Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA

Bauer was recognized for sustained technical leadership and significant contributions to the telecommunications industry on service reliability, availability and quality of cloud and traditional applications and solutions. Bauer has worked on the reliability of Alcatel-Lucent’s platforms, applications and solutions for more than a decade. Bauer has also spent two decades designing and developing embedded firmware, networked operating systems, IP PBXs, internet platforms, and optical transmission systems. He has been awarded more than twenty US patents, and authored numerous books.

ChandraSethumadhavan Chandrasekhar, Bell Labs Research 
Holmdel, New Jersey, USA

Chandra was honored for sustained seminal contributions to optical networking hardware, culminating in his pioneering of optical superchannels and their use in flexible optically routed transport networks. Chandra joined Bell Labs in 1986. His current research interests include coherent optical transmission systems for high spectral efficiency transport and networking beyond 100Gb/s, multi-carrier superchannels, and software-defined transponders for efficient end-to-end optical networking. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. He holds over 25 US patents and has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles.

JiangZhining Jiang, Wireless 
Shanghai, China

Jiang was recognized for his pioneering and unprecedented contributions to LTE TDD eNodeB product design and development, continuous technical leadership, technology innovation and product commercialization on LTE TDD technology as chief expert on TDD algorithms, simulations, and radio performance. Jiang is the lead system expert of the advanced 8 antenna eNodeB product, which is essential to the large LTE TDD business worldwide. He is also a well-recognized expert on LTE simulation, baseband algorithm and radio performance in the industry. In his 15-year career he has made exceptionally broad and important contributions to wireless 2G EGPRS, 3G RNC, WiMAX and 4G LTE technologies.

VasuSubramanian Vasudevan, Wireless 
Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA

Vasu was named for his significant technical contributions to and demonstration of standards and thought leadership on, multiple generations of wireless technology as well as the technology transitions from CDMA to LTE to Multi-RAT networks that include Wi-Fi. Vasu is the Director of the Advanced Performance group and CTO Prime for Small Cells in the Wireless CTO at Alcatel-Lucent. He leads a team building state-of-the-art modeling for wireless technology that develops and refines analyses and performance characterizations of new technology concepts to guide technology strategy, customer engagement, innovation, and standardization studies. Previously, he led the CDMA air interface and access networks standards group in Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Standards and Intellectual Property Organization.

VetterPeter Vetter, Bell Labs Research 
Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA

Vetter was named as a Fellow for innovation and industry leadership in fixed broadband access technologies. Peter Vetter joined Bell Labs in Antwerp, Belgium 22 years ago. In 2009, he moved to Murray Hill to become department head and became the program leader for the fixed access group two years ago. He and his teams have performed world-class research on fixed broadband access and realized industry- first demonstrators of different generations of PON systems. He also was one of the co-founders of an internal venture that produced the first FTTH product. He is globally recognized as an expert in the field with more than a hundred publications.