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Feb. 16, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Richardson office of Ericsson Inc. has honored four Southern Methodist University engineering students for their research in the field of telecommunications. The awards were presented Feb. 15 during SMU's annual Graduate Student Research Day.

Victor Stolpman, a doctoral student in electrical engineering, received a $500 prize for his research on wireless communication systems. Stolpman has developed new algorithms to give T1-level connectivity to wireless devices.

Tae Oh, a doctoral student in applied science, received a $300 prize for his research on fast rerouting in IP switching networks to restore service in the event of failures.

Two other electrical engineering doctoral students, Mark Gavin Kokes and Amitabh Dixit, each received $100 prizes for their research. Kokes has developed a new approach to data embedding and Dixit has developed a new technique for using multiple cell sites to improve the performance of cellular devices.

George Yost, a wireless systems engineer from Ericsson who judged the presentations, said the awards were based on originality and the student's interest in the subject matter.

"We were very impressed with everyone," Yost said. "I learned a lot." Other members of the Ericsson judging team were Mohamed Madkour and Ali Shah.

This is the third year that Ericsson has given awards to SMU engineering students who are studying telecommunications.