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Each year, PTC recognizes two scholars for excellence in research at the PTC Annual Conference, the Meheroo Jussawalla Research Award for the best participant research paper and the Yale M. Braunstein Student Award for the best student research paper. 

Congratulations to the two recipients who will be presenting their papers at PTC’22: Reunite. Rethink. Renew.


George Ford

Meheroo Jussawalla Research Award
Dr. George Ford, Chief Economist, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies

The Meheroo Jussawalla Research Award for the best participant research paper submitted for the PTC Annual Conference is named in honor of the late international telecommunications scholar, Meheroo Jussawalla. A leading scholar in the economics of telecommunications, Jussawalla published 15 books in the field and garnered several national and international awards, including two from the Pacific Telecommunications Council.

The award for 2022 goes to Dr. George Ford, chief economist of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies, presenting his paper titled “Race and Broadband Adoption: A Decomposition Analysis.

Dr. Ford will present his paper at PTC’22 on Sunday, 16 January 2022 in Understanding Societal and Digital Divides: Race-related Factors, Misinformation, and Hate Speech from 15:30-16:45 HST online and in the MPCC, Nautilus.


Qin Yuan

Yale M. Braunstein Student Award
Qin Yuan, Doctoral Student, Southwest Jiaotong University

The Yale M. Braunstein Student Award for the best student research paper submitted for the PTC Annual Conference is named in honor of Yale M. Braunstein, a longtime PTC Member and contributor to the PTC Research Committee. Mr. Braunstein’s contribution to students in the field of telecommunications and information, along with his advocacy to become involved with PTC, is immeasurable.

The award for 2022 goes to Qin Yuan, a doctoral student from Southwest Jiaotong University, presenting her paper titled “Different Types of Internet Use and the Perceived Impact of the Internet on Social Mobility: Results from a National Survey in China.”

Qin will present her paper at PTC’22 on 19 January 2022 in Understanding Adoption Patterns for Services and Implications for Economic Development from 09:00-10:15 HST online and in the MPCC, Nautilus.