Pragash Pillai, senior engineer of digital video technologies for Charter Communications Inc., has been named the 2003 Young Engineer of the Year.
The award — sponsored by Pace Micro Technology, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and CED sister publication Multichannel News- recognizes engineers under the age of 30 for their contributions to the cable industry.
Robert Pendarvis of Comcast Cable Communications won the honor in 2002, the award's inaugural year.
Pillai, 29, was bestowed the honor based on his contributions to the design of Charter's digital cable distribution network, which is being leveraged for advanced services such as video-on-demand and high-definition television.
"Pragash is especially adept at quickly analyzing a technology and enunciating its strengths and weaknesses," Charter Senior Technical Advisor Thomas Jokerst said. Pillai, an SCTE member since 2000, graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
He will be recognized in Miami on Jan. 15, during SCTE's annual Conference on Emerging Technologies. Tied to the award, Pillai will receive a check for $1,000 and a trip to the confab.