Paving the way towards 5G wireless communication networks

KAUST Ph.D. student Qurrat-Ul-Ain Nadeem won a 2018 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award and will receive it on October 2 in Italy.
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KAUST Ph.D. student Qurrat-Ul-Ain Nadeem received a 2018 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for her work in full-dimension (FD) massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO) transmission technologies. Nadeem's work in transmission technology could more than double the average throughput performance of existing wireless communication systems.

Established in 1974 by the daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented the radio, the Marconi Society promotes awareness of key technology and policy issues in telecommunications and the internet and recognizes significant individual achievements through the Marconi Prize and Young Scholar Awards.

"I am a Pakistani woman pursuing a Ph.D. in Saudi Arabia, which speaks about the country's new focus on research and innovation," Nadeem said. "KAUST has taken the lead in promoting science and technology in [Saudi Arabia], and I think that this award will...encourage more women in the region to enter the field of science and accomplish even greater things. I'm really... honored to be considered worthy of being among Marconi Society Young Scholars and of having my work recognized by luminaries in the fields of wireless communications and networking."

Nadeem received her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS.) She received a master's degree from KAUST in 2015 and has been working on her Ph.D. in the research group of Professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini in the University's Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering division since 2016.

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