2014 Bell Labs Fellows

December 22, 2014

2014 Bell Labs Fellows Group Photo

The class of 2014 Bell Labs Fellows with (far left) Krishan Sabnani - Bell Labs Fellow chair, Peter Winzer (seated left), Mark Clougherty (seated right), Marcus Weldon (far right), and (standing in back from left to right) Michel Combes, Tom Marzetta, Steve Trowbridge, and Stefan Weisser 
 

The nominees go through a rigorous application process which includes executive sponsor nominations, extensive internal/external endorsements, and CTO (Chief Technology Office) selection committee review and voting. It is the company’s highest commendation for technical excellence. This year’s six honorees join an elite group of 268 past Fellows dating back to the award’s beginning in 1982.

The 2014 Bell Labs Fellows are:

Peter Winzer

Peter Winzer

Stefan Weisser

Stefan Weisser

Mark Clougherty

Mark Clougherty

Tom Marzetta

Tom Marzetta

Steve Trowbridge

Steve Trowbridge

Danny van Bruyssel

Danny Van Bruyssel

Peter J. Winzer, Bell Labs Research – IP Transport

Peter J. Winzer, Bell Labs Research - IP Transport
Holmdel, New Jersey, USA

For pioneering contributions to high-speed advanced optical modulation formats and their implementation in Alcatel-Lucent optical transmission systems that have ushered in the 100G era worldwide. Dr. Peter Winzer, Director of Lightwave Systems Research in the IP Transport Research Program, is widely recognized as a preeminent leader in the field of optical communications. Besides his prolific publications (>380) and patent (>40) record and impact on the engineering research community worldwide, Peter has made profound contributions to Alcatel-Lucent transmission systems product lines.  
 

Stefan Weisser, IP Routing & Transport – Optics Business Unit

Stefan Weisser, IP Routing & Transport - Optics Business Unit
Nuremberg, Germany

For his continuous technical leadership, innovation, collaboration, and product realization in the field of optical transmission, device research, and digital signal processing. Dr. Stefan Weisser’s contributions are a cornerstone of Alcatel-Lucent’s coherent optical transmission program. He is a lead architect for the development of the ADC/DSP which represents Alcatel-Lucent’s key intellectual property for coherent transmission. The resulting products, initially introduced in 2010 as the world’s first single carrier 100G coherent interface, have resulted in huge revenue and re-established Alcatel-Lucent as a leader in high-end DWDM systems.  

Mark M. Clougherty, Corporate CTO
Mark M. Clougherty, Corportate CTO
Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA

For his sustained depth and breadth of contributions to networking technical strategy, product design, and architectural vision. Mark Clougherty is an intuitive and visionary technical strategist, an accomplished product architect, a consummate wide-ranging collaborator, and a widely sought-after technical expert by business and customer teams. He possesses the unusually broad technical and product knowledge required to formulate compelling use cases and elegant end-to-end network architectures in a vast array of contexts, as well as the multi-domain technical depth required to create detailed, creative solutions to hard problems.  
 

Thomas L. Marzetta, Bell Labs Research – Network Energy
Thomas L. Marzetta, Bell Labs Research - Network Energy
Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA

For sustained contributions and inventions in multiple antenna wireless communications and for the original invention of and continued technical and industry leadership in Massive MIMO. Thomas Marzetta has made sustained and profound contributions to multiple antenna wireless communications research and invented the Massive MIMO concept. Massive MIMO is truly a ground-breaking technology, one of the leading universally recognized candidate technologies for future 5G wireless networks, with tremendous improvements both in spectral efficiency and in energy efficiency and ushering in a new wave of wireless communication.  
 

Stephen J. Trowbridge, IP Transport
Stephen J. Trowbridge, IP Transport
Boulder, Colorado, USA

For extraordinary technical leadership and sustained contributions to the areas of optical transport networking and high-speed Ethernet technologies, with prolific contributions to global standards of crucial importance to the business. Steve Trowbridge has used his deep expertise and wide breadth of systems engineering and product knowledge to drive the Alcatel-Lucent roadmaps as well as external Standards activities to benefit Alcatel-lucent.  
 

Danny Van Bruyssel, Fixed Networks
Danny Van Bruyssel, Fixed Networks
Antwerp, Belgium

For advancing the state of the art in Alcatel-Lucent’s DSL solutions through technical excellence in five generations of DSL standards. Danny Van Bruyssel has been a technical leader in the realization of the initial Alcatel DSL chipset design that launched Alcatel-Lucent into what it is today as a multi-billion dollar business for copper access around the world. He has also brought the next-generation technologies (e.g VDSL2) through standardization and is today one of Alcatel-Lucent’s premiere experts in PHY layer definition for future DSL technologies which includes Alcatel-Lucent products of VDSL2 vectoring and G.fast. He holds 27 patents in the area of DSL technology and remains a strong and prolific contributor to Alcatel-Lucent’s patent portfolio with several patents being essential to the business.  
 

Each honored Fellow took the floor to speak and had the opportunity to thank a number of their colleagues and management who were instrumental in their career and work. Danny Van Bruyssel was unable to attend the ceremony but sent a heartfelt speech to be read by Peter Vetter. Michel closed the ceremony with some remarks about the significance of the role of innovation as the heart of Alcatel-Lucent. He illustrated the importance of this core company asset especially as the company moves to its next chapter and will use this strength to address future challenges.