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InterDigital Donates $15,000 to ECE in Name of Ozluturk

InterDigital Communications Corporation will make a donation of $15,000 in the name of its employee Dr. Fatih Ozluturk (pictured on the left with InterDigital's Lawrence F. Shay to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UMass Amherst, his alma mater. The gift recognizes Ozluturk's accomplishments as an inventor and owner of 150 U.S. patents. “We are so proud of the accomplishments of Dr. Ozluturk ('90 M.S., '94 Ph.D. ECE) and are honored to be the beneficiary of a $15,000 gift from InterDigital,” said Director of Engineering Development Paula Sakey. The InterDigital gift will support scholarships for undergrads or graduate students studying telecommunications and wireless communications in our ECE department.

“InterDigital congratulates Fatih on reaching this unprecedented milestone [150 Patents] for the company and for making fundamental contributions to the wireless industry, year after year,” said William J. Merritt, InterDigital’s president and chief executive officer at an event honoring Ozluturk on April 16. “A long-tenured InterDigital contributor, Fatih’s groundbreaking inventions span multiple generations of wireless technology and directly benefit the entire wireless ecosystem and billions of consumers globally.”

Based in InterDigital’s research and development facility in Melville, New York, Dr. Ozluturk is the company’s most prolific inventor. In addition to reaching the 150-patent mark during 2010, he received the company’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award, in 2009 and the President’s Award four different times over the past decade. He is widely recognized for his prolific inventions, having been named “Outstanding Young Engineer” by the Long Island Chapter of the IEEE in 2001, an award that recognizes exceptional early-career accomplishments in developing wireless communications technology and leading advanced wireless research and development efforts.

Dr. Ozluturk began his career as a junior engineer at InterDigital in 1994 after earning his graduate degrees at the College of Engineering. He went on to earn an EMBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.

InterDigital develops fundamental wireless technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide. The company solves many of the industry’s most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world’s leading wireless companies. (May 2011)