Joseph Lukens

Current Young Scholars Role Outreach Vice Chair
Research Area Creating highly secure networks that are based on the laws of physics and quantum communications, rather than the complexity of codes, which could be broken.
Current position Wigner Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Education Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
BS, Electrical Engineering and Physics, University of Alabama
Young Scholar Prize Research Secure optical communications based on temporal cloaking of high-speed classical data streams and pulse shaping of entangled photons to create secure quantum key distribution.
Other Honors 2015 Purdue College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award
2014 First Place Siegman International School on Lasers Poster Competition
2012 – 2015 NDSEG Fellowship
2011 University of Alabama Outstanding Senior Physics Major
Fun Fact I am an avid bass guitar player and almost went to college for music instead of engineering.

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!