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OU-Tulsa Telecommunications Professor Receives High Award from Indian Government

Pramode Verma

For Immediate Release

November 15, 2013
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Glenda Silvey (918) 660-3317
Tracy Kennedy (918) 660-3316 


Tulsa, Okla. – Pramode Verma, Ph.D., Director of the Telecommunications Engineering Program at the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will receive one of the highest awards bestowed upon non-resident Indians by the Government of India. Dr. Verma will be honored with the Hind Rattan award, (translated to English as “jewel of India”), given annually by the NRI (non-resident Indians) Welfare Society, under the umbrella of the Government of India. The award is given to people of Indian origin in recognition of their research, professional accomplishments and positive contributions to the scientific community and a growing world economy.

“It is especially gratifying to receive this award from my country of origin,” Dr. Verma said. “I’m humbled to join the list of accomplished professionals who’ve been recognized with the Hind Rattan.”

James Sluss, Jr., Ph.D., Director and Morris R. Pitman Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said, “The fact that Dr. Verma has been presented with this prestigious award is a clear indication of the high regard in which he is held by the engineering profession and the notable contributions he has made over his exemplary career.”  

Dr. Verma also holds the Williams Chair in Telecommunications Networking. Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma in 1999, Dr. Verma held a variety of professional and leadership positions in the telecommunications industry at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies. He is the author/co-author of more than 100 journal articles and conference papers, and several books in telecommunications engineering. He is also the co-inventor of seven patents. He has been a keynote speaker at several international conferences and has lectured in several countries.

Dr. Verma will travel to New Delhi to receive the award in January 2014.

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