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Delaney ’57 and Seshadri ’84 Elected to NAE
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* BARYSHNIKOV BY THARP
* William Delaney ’57
Photo courtesy of MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Nambirajan Seshadri, M.S. ’84, Ph.D. ’86
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The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) elected two graduates of Rensselaer to its membership in 2012. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

William Delaney ’57, a Director’s Office Fellow at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, was honored for “contributions to radar systems for national defense.” During his career at Lincoln Laboratory, Delaney held management positions in missile defense, air defense, air traffic control, and battlefield surveillance, all involving radar systems. At Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, he led the ARPA-Lincoln C-band Observables Radar (ALCOR) project. In 1970, ALCOR was the first long-range radar system to generate, amplify, radiate, and process a very wide band signal. Today it is an important national asset, contributing valuable data for ballistic missile defense research and for satellite imaging.

Nambirajan Seshadri, M.S. ’84, Ph.D. ’86, was honored for “contributions to wireless communications theory and development of mass market wireless technology.” Seshadri is senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Wireless Group, and chief technology officer, mobile platforms and wireless connectivity, at Broadcom Corp. He joined Broadcom in 1999 and became the first employee dedicated to developing the company’s wireless strategy, which began with wireless connectivity products and subsequently entered the cellular baseband market. Both segments have evolved into stand-alone business groups. Prior to joining Broadcom, he served more than 13 years with AT&T Bell Laboratories and Shannon Labs. Co-author of one of the 50 most influential works published by the IEEE Communications Society, he holds more than 75 patents.

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