The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is awarding its 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards to Victor Bahl ’97PhD and Jacob Lauzier ’07. Bahl will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, while Lauzier will be presented with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
The Distinguished Alumni Award goes to “visionary leaders in their field. Recipients of this honor have reached exceptional levels of professional and personal achievement. This award recognizes distinguished leadership, service, teaching, innovation, and other exemplary accomplishments that positively impact society and the engineering profession.”
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented to “emerging leaders in the early stages of their careers. Recipients of this honor are no more than 10 years out from receiving their UMass engineering degree. This award recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and highlights the recipient’s ambitions and potential to positively impact UMass, the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.”
Bahl is currently a technical fellow and chief technology officer in Microsoft’s Cloud & Artificial Intelligence Engineering Division. Prior to this, he was a technical fellow and founding director of the Mobility & Networking Group and a member of the Senior Leadership Team in Microsoft Research.
With over 30 years of industry experience, Bahl advises Microsoft’s CEO and Senior Leadership Team on long-term strategy related to 5G, edge computing, cloud infrastructures, networked systems, and mobile computing and wireless systems. He is the original technical proponent behind Microsoft’s edge computing products, and he is the architect of the strategy that led to the creation of the Azure for Operators business, in which he now serves as CTO.
Bahl has delivered numerous foundational technologies to Azure, XBOX, and Windows. A few of these seminal technologies include edge computing, live video analytics, white space networking, mesh networking, Wi-Fi virtualization, multi-radio systems, Wi-Fi hot-spots, and indoor localization.
Bahl has published over 125 papers, he is the author/co-author of 175 patents, and has received numerous awards, including two test-of-time awards, four best paper awards, two U.S. FCC awards, two national transportation awards, three distinguished alumni awards, and four ACM and IEEE lifetime outstanding achievement awards. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAS.
Lauzier has been widely recognized for his innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship. In 2020, he was honored as a rising star in the Western Massachusetts region by BusinessWest as a 40 Under Forty recipient.
As a co-founder of a technology company, Lauzier has helped build a successful start-up in Western Massachusetts that now employs more than 50 people. This start-up, MachineMetrics, has received multiple awards from Forbes and other publications. Its Boston office was named a top-100 place to work in Boston.
Lauzier has led and grown the largest team in the company and built an award-winning product that has been recognized globally as Smart Manufacturing’s Industrial IoT Product of the Year.
Lauzier began his college career at UMass in the fall of 2002 as part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He says it wasn’t until his junior year that he discovered his true calling in software and decided to pursue a second major in computer science, extending graduation an additional year.
During his time at UMass, he designed and built web applications for college departments and nearby municipalities that are still in use today. (April 2021)