InterDigital Donation to IEEE Goldsmith Lecture Program Supports Diversity, Women in Engineering



InterDigital Donation to IEEE Goldsmith Lecture Program Supports Diversity, Women in Engineering

InterDigital Donation to IEEE Goldsmith Lecture Program Supports Diversity, Women in Engineering

December 16, 2019 / IEEE / Posted By: Roya Stephens

This week, InterDigital became the latest donor to the IEEE Information Theory Goldsmith Lecture Program, an award created to highlight the achievements of exceptional female researchers early in their careers, while providing opportunities to acknowledge and publicize their work. With our donation to the program, established this year in honor of Dr. Andrea Goldsmith, InterDigital stands alongside Microsoft, Intel, Nokia, Google and others across in tech ecosystem in elevating female researchers and supporting diversity and inclusion both within and outside of our business.

InterDigital knows that a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives enables us to approach big problems, conduct complex research, and develop effective solutions that work across ecosystems and experiences, despite our modest size. We feel a strong responsibility to acknowledge the benefits of diversity in engineering and innovation, while also encouraging gender diversity of researchers in engineering and the field of information theory.

As part of the Goldsmith Lecture Program, each yearly award recipient will deliver a lecture of her choice to students and postdoctoral researchers at one of the IEEE Information Theory Society’s (ITSoc’s) Schools of Information Theory. In addition to driving inclusion and diversity of thought within the IEEE and the ITSoc, the Goldsmith Lecture Program helps provide more visibility and acknowledgment of the contributions of female researchers to technology. The impact of this program extends beyond IEEE and InterDigital, giving female researchers a platform to share their work while inspiring and encouraging new, more diverse students to explore and innovate with technology.

InterDigital is proud to support the Goldsmith Lecture Program and we congratulate the 2020 award recipient, Ayfer Özgür. Ayfer is currently an assistant professor within the Stanford University’s Electrical Engineering Department, and conducted her postdoctoral research with the Algorithmic Research on Networked Information Group.

To learn more, about the IEEE Information Theory Society and the Goldsmith Lecture Program, please visit: https://www.itsoc.org/honors/goldsmith-lecture