Hall of Fame Inventor Inductee Victor B. Lawrence Tapped as Keynote for 2016 Industry Day

April 22, 2016

Prairie View A&M University is pleased to welcome Victor B. Lawrence, Ph.D. as Senior Advisor to the Cyber Security and Information Communication Systems Research Center (CSICSR) which is funded by the Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Research Initiative. Dr. Lawrence will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The event will be hosted by CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca.

Dr. Lawrence is a Distinguished Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, and Chairman of Baharicom Development Co. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors’ Charter, Fellow IEEE and Fellow of AT&T Bell Laboratories. He was Vice President at Bell Laboratories where he spent most of his career.

Victor Lawrence has made a significant impact on the global telecommunications industry in the last 30 years. His pioneering work has improved transmission for the modern Internet, made high-speed connections more universally available, and stimulated the growth of the global Internet. His work has advanced data encoding and transmission, modem technology, DSL, silicon chip design, ATM/IP switching and protocols, speech and audio coding, and digital video.

Victor Lawrence has a host of patents, published many papers and has co-authored four books. He is an entrepreneur and recipient of numerous professional awards and honors. He has served on several boards, advised the US Sub-committee on Science and Technology and advised multiple African Governments on Information and Communications Technology.

Born in Ghana, Lawrence received B.Sc., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of London. An advocate of bringing internet access to the world’s poorest countries, Lawrence has spearheaded efforts to lay high-capacity fiber optic cable along the west coast of Africa.

Dr. Lawrence is the keynote speaker at Industry Day 2016, which will be held at PVAMU on April 27, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Register free at www.pvamu.edu/industryday.