Thomas Marzetta is Distinguished Industry Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Director of NYU WIRELESS. Born in Washington, D.C., he received the Ph.D. and SB in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 and 1972, and the MS in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in 1973. Prior to joining NYU in 2017, he had three industrial research careers: petroleum exploration (Schlumberger-Doll Research, 1978 – 1987), defense (Nichols Research Corporation, 1987 – 1995), and telecommunications (Bell Labs, 1995 – 2017).
Ten years ago, Ted was already pushing mobile mmWave, and I at Bell Labs was pushing massive MIMO. So we had two very promising concepts ready for 5G. The research concepts that the wireless community is working on for 6G are not as mature at this time, making our focus on 6G even more important.16 December 2021