Posted March 1st, 2016
Today, many people know NYU Tandon School of Engineering as the home of NYU WIRELESS, the first university center to combine wireless engineering, computing, and medical applications research. The center’s members conduct pioneering research with the millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum, including propagation measurements, radio channel modeling, system simulation, and antenna technology that are the foundation for the next, super-fast, fifth generation of mobile technology, 5G, which is projected to become 1,000 times faster than 4G, with the ability to handle at least 50 times more traffic.
Professor Ted Rappaport, the visionary founder of NYU WIRELESS, has said that the technology developed by the center and its partners may one day enable interconnected devices of the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, and medical uses beyond our wildest dreams.
But the Tandon School of Engineering has always been a place where people are unafraid to dream big. (In fact, it was an 1898 alum, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James Truslow Adams, who coined the phrase “The American Dream.”)
So, as we join the rest of the world in wishing Alexander Graham Bell a very happy 169th birthday on March 3rd, read on to discover a few early Tandon figures who contributed in some way to telephone technology. They may never have dreamt of 5G, but they helped pave the way for how we communicate now.