Vanu Bose, software program pioneer and MIT Company member, dies at 52

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Vanu Bose ’87, SM ’94, PhD ’99, a number one software program government and a member of the MIT Company with deep ties to the Institute, died on Saturday at age 52. The reason for his dying was a sudden pulmonary embolism.

Bose was the founder and CEO of Vanu, Inc., an progressive agency that gives wi-fi infrastructure globally and was the primary firm to obtain certification for software-defined radio from the U.S. Federal Communications Fee.

The agency’s know-how, rising from Bose’s graduate analysis at MIT, will increase the position of software program in working the radio-based part of wi-fi communications networks, together with these used for cellphone communications. Amongst different issues, the know-how permits a number of networks to function on the identical units.

Vanu, Inc. has additionally developed mobile antenna techniques that require comparatively small quantities of power and might run on solar energy. The discount in energy wanted for these networks has allowed the agency to assist construct out networks in rural areas around the globe, from India to Rwanda to Vermont, and to handle what Bose known as the “nice want for communication” in these areas.

Bose additionally acknowledged the humanitarian potentialities of the know-how, and put the corporate to work this fall offering pressing assist in hurricane-struck Puerto Rico. Vanu, Inc. is offering over 40 mobile base stations in Puerto Rico, a few of which have already helped individuals discover their lacking households.

“That makes all of it worthwhile, proper there,” Bose informed Boston’s WBUR radio in October.

Bose had lifelong ties to MIT, rising up across the Institute in an surroundings stuffed with school, college students, and alumni. His father, the late Amar G. Bose, was a professor in MIT’s Division of Electrical Engineering and Pc Science (EECS) for practically a half-century. Amar G. Bose additionally based the Bose Company in 1964 and was probably the most dedicated benefactors the Institute has seen.

“The ‘Bose’ identify has lengthy been synonymous with brilliance, humility, management, and integrity,” says MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “By way of his work to make use of mobile know-how to attach the unconnected — most not too long ago, in Puerto Rico — Vanu embodied the easiest of the MIT neighborhood, advancing the Institute’s imaginative and prescient for a greater world. He was deeply pleased with his father, Amar, and of Amar’s influence as an engineer, entrepreneur, and government. And he constructed a rare legacy of his personal that I do know made Amar proud.”

Reif added: “On behalf of MIT, I ship my deepest condolences to Judy, Kamala, Prema, Maya, Ursula, and the whole Bose household.”

Vanu Bose earned three levels from MIT: his Bachelor of Science in 1988, in each Electrical Engineering and Pc Science, and Arithmetic; his Grasp of Science in 1994, in Electrical Engineering and Pc Science; and his PhD in 1999.

Bose’s doctoral thesis, titled “Digital Radio Structure,” was supervised by professors John Guttag and David Tennenhouse. Bose’s graduate analysis got here to type the idea of Vanu, Inc., which he based in 1998, even earlier than Bose had totally accomplished his PhD work — however after it had turn into clear that his work had the potential to maneuver the trade ahead.  

As a life-long participant within the open, collaborative mental environment round MIT, Bose got here to understand the best way MIT alumni who based firms would keep related to the Institute and go on their very own insights and items of knowledge to college students and researchers locally. 

“I believe it’s a novel a part of the MIT expertise that there should not solely so many nice founders round, however that they make themselves accessible,” Bose informed the EECS Connector, an alumni publication, in 2015.

As an organization founder and alumnus himself, Bose made positive to proceed the custom of working to assist new generations of MIT researchers. On the time of his dying, he was engaged in fostering and guiding the Bose Fellows Program at MIT, an initiative based in 2014 that offers grants of as much as $500,000 for 3 years, to let school members pursue daring, cutting-edge analysis packages.

“My father could be very proud of the innovation and freedom of exploration that these grants have made attainable, because it was precisely what he was all about,” mentioned Bose in 2016, when saying the newest group of grant recipients. “The awards acknowledge the spirit of insatiable curiosity that my father embraced.”

Vanu Bose additionally served on the advisory board of the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Management Program, an initiative that provides management training to the engineering abilities of MIT undergraduates.

And from 2013 onward, Bose served as a member of the MIT Company, the Institute’s board of trustees.

“We’re all shocked to lose Vanu Bose, a heat and helpful member of our neighborhood,” says Robert B. Millard, chairman of the MIT Company. “And our hearts exit to Vanu’s household, which has been such an indelible a part of MIT.  We have actually misplaced a ravishing human.”

In flip, Bose’s MIT actions had been solely half of a bigger set of civic duties he assumed throughout his profession. Bose was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Museum of Science from 2007 by way of 2013, serving to steer it by way of a interval of progress and growth. He additionally served on the United Nations Broadband Fee for Digital Growth, from 2012 by way of 2015.

In his skilled profession, Bose additionally served the Bose Corp. as a member of its Trustee Succession Committee.

Bose gained quite a lot of awards and honors in his skilled profession, together with IEEE Spectrum journal’s “Wi-fi Winner” in 2007, and the GSM Affiliation Know-how Award for Most Revolutionary Infrastructure Product. He was additionally named a World Financial Discussion board Know-how Pioneer.

Vanu Bose is survived by his spouse, Judith, his daughter, Kamala, his mom, Prema, his sister, Maya and his father’s spouse, Ursula.