Dr. Nambi Seshadri is among of the top ten engineers in the wireless technology worldwide and probably one of five most well recognized engineers of Tamil origin in the US.
Dr. Seshadri obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in telecommunications from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli in 1982. Following that, he immigrated to US where he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from which he graduated with a Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in 1984 and 1986 respectively. In 1986 Nambi had joined Bell Labs where he was a member of its technical staff, rising to the head of Shannon Labs where he played a key role in the development of the 2.5 G cellular EDGE standard which was deployed worldwide. In 1999 he joined Broadcom Corporation to lead the development of chips for 2G, 3G and 4G cellular, GPS and low power Wi-Fi for handsets. His efforts resulted in over 2 B $ annual sales by Broadcom in these areas. Between 2011 and 2014 he was a general manager of the Mobile Platforms Business Unit to develop 4G LTE. In 2015, he became the chief technologist at Quantenna Communications and general manager of the Mobile Wireless Group.
Dr Seshadri has several key and influential research papers in cellular wireless technology. He is also an inventor in over 200 patents. He was elected to the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2012. Election to the NAE is highest honor for an engineer in the US. There are probably less than four engineer / scientists of Tamil origin in the US NAE across all branches of engineering. He was also elected to the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2013. In 2018, he was awarded the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the highest award in Telecom engineering by the IEEE – the world’s largest scientific society. The IEEE citation lauds Dr Seshadri’s theoretical and practical contributions to global wireless technology. Dr Seshadri is a great son of India and Tamil Nadu who has achieved much, is recognized at the highest levels in science and engineering around the world