Ken Pesyna

Current Young Scholars Role Social Vice Chair
Research Area Low-cost precise positioning for automated vehicles
Current position CTO and Co-Founder, Radiosense
Education Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, UT Austin
MSEE, UT Austin
BSEE, Purdue University
Young Scholar Prize Research Techniques to enable centimeter-accurate GPS positioning on smartphones and other low-cost platforms
Other Honors 2009-2012 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow
2009-2013 University of Texas Microelectronics and Computer Development Fellowship recipient
2011 Innovative Signal Analysis Fellowship recipient
Fun Fact I love to cycle. I also play the oboe and was in an orchestra all the way up to the last few years of my PhD when real life set in.

Kartik Venkat

Current Young Scholars Role North American Representative
Research Area Modern information processing, machine learning, statistical inference
Current position Researcher, PDT Partners, New York
Education Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
MS, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
B.Tech, Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur
Young Scholar Prize Research Enhancing the theory and practice of modern information processing with applications in machine learning and genomics.
Other Honors 2016 IEEE Thomas M. Cover Outstanding Dissertation Award
2012 IEEE Jack Kiel Wolf Student Best Paper Award
2011 Stanford Graduate Fellow for Engineering and Sciences
2004 National Talent Scholarship (Government of India)
Fun Fact I can set off metal detectors!

Kiseok Song

Education PhD, Electrical Engineering, KAIST
MS, Electrical Engineering, KAIST
BS, Electrical Engineering, KAIST
Young Scholar Prize Research Bio-medical circuitry, enabling applications such as compact bio-medical patch systems connected to smart phones, smart electro-acupuncture and trans-dermal drug delivery and muli-modal, non-invasive glucose monitors.
Other Honors 2014 Kim Choong-Ki Award: Research Excellence Award
2013 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) Academic Demonstration Session
2012 CICC (Custom Integrated Circuits Conference) Student Scholarship Award
2012 Kim Choong-Ki Award: Research Excellence Award

Himanshu Asnani

Research Area Information and Coding Theory, Statistical Learning and Inference, Machine Learning, Communication Networks, Large Scale Education Technologies.
Current position Research Associate, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Founding Advisor, Shikhya
Education Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2014
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2011
B.Tech., Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay, 2009
Young Scholar Prize Research Data compression in networks and genomic data, as well as cooperation in multi-terminal source coding.
Other Honors – 2018 Amazon Catalyst Fellow
– 2011 ISIT Student Paper Award Finalist in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Jul 31- Aug 5, Saint Petersburg, Russia
– 2009 Awarded Best Paper Award for the paper “Scheduling with Limited Information in Wireless Systems” in MobiHoc 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
– 2005 Ranked 4th in IIT-JEE Main Examination and 1st in IIT-JEE Screening Examination among over 175000 students all over India
– 2005 Bronze Medalist at the 37th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), Taipei, Taiwan, which saw participation of 70 countries and over 300 students around the globe
Fun Fact Instructor on courses on Yoga and Oriental Philosophy at several Corporate and University venues, lead vocalist and harmonium player for a local Bay Area band and love to read, travel, sketch and paint.