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Feature

Awards Spotlight

Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University Named
IEEE-HKN Outstanding Student of the Year for 2019

IEEE-ETA KAPPA NU AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT:

26 Chapters Earn 2018-2019 Outstanding Chapter Award
Nancy Ostin

The IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) Board of Governors has conferred upon 26 student
Chapters the distinction of Outstanding Chapter for 2018-2019. This represents the top
10 percent of all HKN Chapters worldwide.
The Outstanding Chapter Award (OCA) recognizes excellence in IEEE-HKN Chapters for their activities.
The award is based on the content and description of Chapter activities that are contained in the Annual Chapter
Report, which summarizes the Chapter's activities from the previous academic year.
For the purposes of this award, emphasis is on service activities to the department, school, community and
Chapter. Equally important is promoting the goals of IEEE-HKN by inducting as many eligible undergraduate
students, graduate students and faculty in the IEEE designated technical fields of interest as possible and by
participating in IEEE-HKN student Chapter projects. Each recipient Chapter receives an engraved plaque.

The Chapters recognized as 2018-2019 Outstanding Chapters are:
* Arab Academy for Science
and Technology-Alexandria

* University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign

* Carnegie-Mellon University

* California State University, Chico

*U
 niversity of California, Berkeley

* G.H. Raisoni College of
Engineering

*U
 niversity of California,
Los Angeles

* Purdue University

* Georgia Institute of Technology

*U
 niversity of California, San Diego

* Illinois Institute of Technology

*U
 niversity of Florida

* Missouri University of Science
and Technology

*U
 niversity of Hawaii at Manoa

* North Carolina State University

*U
 niversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor

* Politecnico Di Torino
* UCSI University-Kuala Lumpur

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*U
 niversity of KwaZulu-Natal
*U
 niversity of Minnesota
*U
 niversity of North Texas

* Manhattan College
* Rose-Hulman Institute
of Technology
* South Dakota State University
* University of Dayton
* Valparaiso University

Olivia Hsu, who
was inducted into
the Mu Chapter
of IEEE-HKN at
the University of
California, Berkeley,
has been selected
as the 2019 Alton
B. Zerby and Carl T.
Koerner Outstanding Electrical or Computer
Engineering Student Award recipient. She
currently is pursuing her Ph.D. in Computer
Science at Stanford University.
Olivia is the Co-Founder, President and Lead
Electrical Engineer for Space Technologies at Cal
(STAC), where she designed and wrote firmware
for a PCB satellite with radio, solar cell power
tracking, and altitude control capabilities. She also
implemented electronics in a High Altitude Balloon
(HAB) with a successful launch in partnership with
NASA Ames and JPL, and won a free payload launch
sponsored by Blue Origin. She co-authored abstracts
accepted by the American Society for Gravitational
and Space Research (ASGSR) conference and the
Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers
Conference (NSRC).
Olivia also was an undergraduate researcher at
Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Berkeley, Calif.,
conducting tests that measure the sensitivity and
bandwidth of silicon photonic devices that detect
ultrasound. She is a co-author of a paper titled:
"Ring Resonator Based Ultrasound Detection in
a Zero-Change Advanced CMOS-SOI Process," in
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, OSA
Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, 2019)
She held internships at Apple Inc., and the NASA Jet
Propulsion Laboratory and was Head Undergraduate
Student Instructor at UC Berkeley Electrical
Engineering 16A.

"Olivia Hsu has set an outstanding example of
excellence in academics, teaching, outreach and
leadership in service to the EECS community and
to society, to instill a sense of pride in IEEE-HKN
members and promote the Berkeley EECS program
as well as HKN," said Tsu-Jae King Liu, Ph.D., Dean
and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering for the
College of Engineering at the University of California
at Berkeley.
IEEE-HKN's Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner
Outstanding Electrical or Computer Engineering
Student Award recognizes outstanding scholastic
excellence and high moral character, coupled with
demonstrated exemplary service to classmates,
university, community, and country. This program
is administered by the Los Angeles Area Alumni
Chapter of IEEE-HKN.
Olivia will receive a US$1,000 award honorarium
and engraved plaque.

The finalists for the award were:
Matthew Belz
Gamma Chapter
The Ohio State University

Joshua Heidecker
Epsilon Eta Chapter
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Greta Kintzley
Epsilon Omicron Chapter
University of Delaware

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