R&D Council Announces 2013 Edison Patent Award Winners
Chatham, N.J. - The Research & Development Council of New Jersey has announced the winners of the 2013 Thomas Edison Patent Awards. More than 30 inventors and 12 New Jersey companies and universities will be recognized at the organization’s 34th Patent Award Ceremony.
Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi
Chairman and CEO at CyberFlow Analytics & 2020 Venture Partners
Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, AT&T, Avaya, Colgate-Palmolive, ExxonMobil, Glenbrook Technologies, JP Laboratories, NJIT, Novartis, Siemens, Tyco Electronics, and UMDNJ will be acknowledged for innovative patent work spanning twelve R&D categories, including biotechnology, communications technology, consumer, emerging technology, homeland security, industrial processes, information technology, medical devices, medical imaging, multimedia technology, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications.
AT&T and inventors Marian Croak and Hossein Eslambolchi will receive a patent award in the information technology category for “Method and apparatus for dynamically debiting a donation” (U.S. Patent 7,715,368), an invention that allows donors to make charitable contributions via text message. This technology enables a network to identify a particular charity, provide the designated funding to the charity, and then have the network service provider bill the original donor on its monthly bill.
Dr. Eslambolchi is Chairman and CEO of 2020 Venture Partners and CyberFlow Analytics. Recognized as a quintessential telecommunications visionary and thought leader, he provides consulting to private equity firms, telecommunications service providers, enterprise customers, venture capitalists and start-ups in the areas of business transformation, content distribution, and wireless technology and IP communications. He served as a director of Clearwire Corporation from December 2010-2013 and is on the Board of Directors for Hyperoffice. He serves on the Board of Advisors to the University Of California School Of Engineering, Allegis Capital VC, SquareZero, RainStor, Prodapt, Tickets48 and PureWave Networks. From 1986 to 2006, he was the Global AT&T CTO and CIO, and President and CEO of AT&T Labs and AT&T Global Network Services at AT&T Communications, encompassing management, engineering and deployment of worldwide data centers and SDN based services. During this time he executed a comprehensive four-stage strategy that included Enterprise Customer Service, Network, Services and Cultural Transformation; essentially, the overhaul and remodeling of the company that SBC dubbed the “new” AT&T. Business Week referred to him as a “bold, but pragmatic visionary” and “a critical player in maintaining AT&T’s status as a technology leader.” According to Light Reading, he was the “Number 1 Mover and Shaker in telecommunications,” and his “evangelizing has underscored the notion of where the entire communications infrastructure is heading.” The New York Times called him “the technological strategist behind AT&T’s ambitious turnaround plan to become a data transmission company selling an array of software products like network security systems.” Telecom Asia said of him “perhaps no one since Alexander Graham Bell, with his famous call to Thomas Watson, has led a more radical or intense telecom-related transformation program than Dr. Eslambolchi, AT&T’s transformation czar until the company was acquired by SBC Communications in late 2005.” Dr. Eslambolchi also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Shiraz University School of Medical Sciences in New York City. Dr. Eslambolchi is recipient of numerous innovation and technology awards, including the President’s Science and Technology Award, AT&T Fellow, AT&T Science and Technology Medal, AT&T Strategically Significant Patent Award, two Thomas Alva Edison Inventor of the Year Awards, InfoWorld Top 25 CTO Award, ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leader and Top Ten Innovator Award. He currently holds over 1000 patents received, pending or in preparation and published his book, 2020 Vision, showcasing his expertise around IP, Mobility, Wireless, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing and Knowledge-Based Mining Technologies. Dr. Eslambolchi received his BS, MS, Ph.D and Post Doc degrees with highest honors from the University of California, San Diego.
The 34th Patent Award Ceremony & Reception will take place on November 7, 2013 at the Liberty Science Center. The Liberty Science Center is home to the nation’s largest IMAX Theater, where a short original film will pay tribute to the work of each of the patents and the inventors.
“For 34 years, the Council has recognized the outstanding contributions of New Jersey’s research community and understood the importance of honoring those who are transforming the way the world works,” said Council President Anthony S. Cicatiello. “This year’s ceremony illuminates the full spectrum of innovation in the Garden State, from inventions that support natural disaster relief to technologies that increase handgun safety. On November 7, we will welcome 30 more inventors to our Edison Patent Award alumni, and continue our tradition of celebrating New Jersey’s best and brightest in R&D.”
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