Krishan Sabnani

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Krishan Sabnani (born 1954 in New Delhi) is an Indian-American engineer and Senior Vice President of the Networking Research Laboratory at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in New Jersey.[1] He manages several research teams based in the United States, UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, and India. Krishan has worked on several systems projects in the fields of Internetworking and wireless networking, and has led successful transfers of research ideas to real products in Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T business units. His contributions have played a major role in modern mobile networks, and his recent breakthrough re-engineering of routers has launched a revolution in network designs. He has also done extensive personal research in data and wireless networking. Krishan is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.[2]

Krishan received his B.Tech in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India in 1975, and received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York, in 1981.


Krishan has received the 2005 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award[3] and the 2005 IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award.[4] He is the only person ever to receive both awards. Krishan is a Bell Labs Fellow,[1] a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)[5] and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).[6] He received the 1991 Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society. Krishan received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India,[7] and has also won the 2005, 2009 and 2010 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award from the R&D Council of New Jersey. He currently holds more than 37 patents and has published more than 70 papers.