Women in Technology Hall of Fame

Jennifer Yates, PhD

Jennifer Yates, PhD

Assistant Vice President, Inventive Science, AT&T Labs

Inducted in 2016

Jennifer Yates is an assistant vice president of inventive science at AT&T Labs. She heads the networking and service quality management research organization.

Her team of researchers focuses on inventing, prototyping, and driving new technologies that enable new services, enhance customer networks, drive new levels of automation, and address cross-layer issues.

Jennifer works closely with academia, internal AT&T teams, and broader industry collaborators. Her team’s cutting-edge innovations are widely deployed and used across AT&T’s global networks and the broader industry.

While studying for her doctorate in electrical and electronic engineering, Jen was a semi-professional musician.

As president of the Victoria Youth Symphony Orchestra, she developed skills that positively impacted her work in networking and service quality management. After receiving her PhD from the University of Melbourne, bachelor of engineering (with honors), and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Western Australia, Jennifer moved from her homeland of Australia to the United States in 1999 to pursue her career at AT&T.

She was honored with the AT&T Fellow Award in 2012, the Science and Technology Medal in 2006, the Victorian Photonics Network Achievement Award in 2004, and a Top Young Innovator by "MIT Technology Review" in 2003.
Jen holds over 20 patents for her groundbreaking research in networking.

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