Each year at the annual conference, PTC offers two named awards for excellence in research:
- The Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award for best overall participant research paper
- The Yale M. Braunstein Student Prize Award for best student research paper
MEHEROO JUSSAWALLA RESEARCH PRIZE AWARD
PTC awards the Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award to the best participant research paper at PTC’s annual conference. The award, which is named in honor of the late international telecommunications scholar Meheroo Jussawalla, is open to all participants at the annual conference with research papers accepted for presentation.
The 2017 Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award recipient is Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair and Professor, Telecommunications and Law, Pennsylvania State University.
Professor Frieden’s paper, titled Grey Nuances in the Black and White Debate Over Subsidized Internet Access, examines current disputes whether national regulatory authorities (“NRAs”) should permit broadband carriers and content providers, such as Facebook, to subsidize broadband access to a limited, “walled garden” of content.
Professor Frieden’s paper was presented during the Research Workshop on Models for Adoption and Broadband Diffusion at PTC’17.
The 2016 Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award recipient is Chun Liu, Associate Professor, School of Economics and Management , Southwest Jiaotong University.
Dr. Liu’s paper, titled The Decade-long March Toward a Nation Online: An Evaluation of China’s Evolving Broadband Policy, evaluates China’s evolving broadband policy and identifies lessons for other countries.
YALE M. BRAUNSTEIN STUDENT PRIZE AWARD
The Yale M. Braunstein Student Prize Award is awarded to the best student research paper at PTC’s annual conference.
The late Yale Braunstein, a long-time PTC member, initiated the award in 2007. The award was originally named after Yale’s father, O. S. Braunstein. This year, with approval from the Braunstein family, the award was renamed the Yale M. Braunstein Student Prize Award.
The prize is valued at over USD 2,000 and includes a USD 1,000 cash award, conference registration, and up to USD 1,500 for travel and accommodations to present at PTC’s annual conference.
The 2017 Yale M. Braunstein Student Prize Award recipient is Maria Massaro, a doctoral student from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.
Maria’s paper, Declining European Union’s Effectiveness in the International Telecommunication Union: Evidence from Recent World Radiocommunication Conferences, analyzes the effectiveness of the European Union (EU)’s role in shaping international radio spectrum regulation by examining the EU’s objectives prior to the three World Radiocommunication Conferences and then comparing them to the outcomes.
Maria presented her paper in a Research Topical Session on Approaches to Managing Broadband, Spectrum and User Perceptions at PTC’17.
O. S. Braunstein Student Prize Award
The 2016 O. S. Braunstein Student Prize Award recipient is Marcela Gómez, a Ph.D. student from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences.
Marcela’s paper, titled Wireless Network Virtualization as an Enabler for Spectrum Sharing, explores the link between spectrum sharing and wireless network virtualization and suggests virtualization can render spectrum sharing schemes feasible.
Marcela presented her paper in a Research Workshop on Spectrum Sharing at PTC’16.