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NYU Tandon grad student wins award from Marconi Society for 5G research

George MacCartney was recognized for his work on the millimeter wave spectrum.

George MacCartney shows off some wavelength data. (Photo courtesy of the Marconi Society)

George MacCartney, Jr., a 27-year-old grad student at NYU Tandon, has won a Marconi Society 2016 Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for his work on 5G wireless technology.

MacCartney works with Professor Ted Rappaport in the use of the millimeter wave wireless communications. Research into the use of ultra high frequency wavelengths has been one of NYU Tandon’s most exciting areas of exploration. Between phone calls, music streaming, videos and the rest, our current bandwidth frequencies are full to the brim. The millimeter wavelength frequencies, though imperfect, could be the solution, providing more bandwidth than we’d know what to do with.
The Marconi Society is an organization that promotes the work of advancing communication in the world through technology. It might be most famous for its $100,000 Marconi Prize. The Paul Baran Young Scholar award “recognizes outstanding young scientists and engineers anywhere in the world who have demonstrated exceptional capabilities and potential.”
“George is a remarkable young man,” Rappaport said in a video done by the Marconi Society. “His ingenuity and his hard work allowed him to create the first of its kind broadband channel sounders to gain new knowledge about the millimeter wave channel. And in fact it was his work that helped the FCC realize that there was this great spectrum frontier that could open up more bandwidth than has ever existed historically in the wireless industry.”

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