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Hughes Engineering Executive, Dr. Lin-Nan Lee, Honored with Distinguished Service Award for Contributions to Satellite Communications


Hughes innovator recognized by IEEE for pioneering satellite research and advancing industry standards

Germantown, MD, February 04, 2019 – Hughes Network Systems (HUGHES), the world’s leading provider of broadband satellite networks and services announced that the  IEEE has honored Dr. Lin-Nan Lee, vice president of Advanced Development at Hughes and Life Fellow at IEEE, with its “Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications” award. The IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of  technology, presents this prestigious award to commend one industry leader for outstanding contributions to the advancement of science, technology and applications in communications. 

“Dr. Lin-Nan Lee has had a profound impact on the field of satellite communications for many years,” said Dr. Matthew Valenti, IEEE Fellow and Professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University. “He has been a pioneer in the use of several groundbreaking technologies, including turbo and low-density parity-check (LDPC) coding, interference cancellation, adaptive modulation, and faster-than-Nyquist signaling. Dr. Lee’s work has shaped many of the most commonly used satellite and cellular standards we use today.”

In his over 25-year career at Hughes, Dr. Lee has played a prominent role at both a company and an industry level in developing international satellite communications standards. He contributed to over 30 published journal and conference papers, while helping secure more than 60 U.S. patents of the 300+ held by Hughes, including development of the DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X global satellite standards.

“It’s truly a great honor to be recognized by our distinguished peers from the IEEE,” said Dr. Lee. “I would like to thank the entire Engineering and Advanced Development team at Hughes as they share in this recognition of accomplishments over the past 25 years, which reflects the collaboration and dedication of an extremely talented group of innovative professionals.”

Dr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree from National Taiwan University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.  His research activity at Hughes spans many fundamental communications disciplines such as channel coding, modulation, multiple access, signal processing and data compression.