IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Names Recipients of its Inaugural Madni Medal,
Distinguished Service Award and Outstanding Teaching Award
Contact: Nancy Ostin, Director, IEEE-HKN
Dr. Ming Hsieh, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Fulgent Genetics, Inc. and Fulgent Pharma was named the recipient of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu’s highest honor, IEEE-HKN Asad M. Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award, for 2020, the first year the award has been given.
Dr. Hsieh was one of three individuals recognized by the Board of Governors for their outstanding contributions to IEEE-HKN, its members and to society at large.
All three will accept their awards at the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Awards Ceremony, to be held 7 November 2020 at 6 p.m. (ET). The program is the closing event of the IEEE-HKN Experience.
All three will participate in the live program.
2010 IEEE-HKN President Dr. Bruce Eisenstein, the Arthur J. Rowland Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University, is the recipient of the IEEE-HKN Distinguished Service Award for his exemplary volunteer service to the IEEE-HKN organization and its professional community. Dr. Eisenstein, IEEE President in 2000, was instrumental in the merger of HKN and IEEE in 2010.
Dr. Eisenstein, as the President of Eta Kappa Nu, was a major force behind the merger between IEEE and HKN, according to his nominator, Dr. Timothy Kurzweg, 2017 IEEE-HKN President. Dr. Eisenstein’s vision developed a path to bring an honor society to IEEE and ensure a strong future for HKN.
“This contribution helped every past, current, and future member of IEEE-HKN,” Kurzweg wrote.
The C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award was awarded to Jennifer Marley, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana for her excellence as a teacher, her contributions to the scholarship of teaching, and her mentoring of undergraduate research students.
“Professor Marley is an exemplary teacher,” wrote Douglas Tougaw, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Richardson Professor of Engineering at Valparaiso University, in his nomination of Dr. Marley for this award. “She is brilliant, hard-working, and incredibly creative in finding ways to capture and maintain her students’ attention.”
Dr. Hsieh, who will receive a medal and an honorarium, invented a unique fingerprint modeling technique based on partial differential fluid dynamic equation and novel numerical representation for ridge flow characteristics of a finger print, which could not be described by current pixel-based image representation. This significantly enhanced digital fingerprint features beyond traditional minutia points & pattern classification.
Dr. Hsieh also invented the Programmable Matching Accelerator (PMA) for high-speed fingerprint matching, which with novel image processing, recognition algorithms, and massive parallel and super pipeline dataflow hardware architecture, revolutionized the automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS).
The AFIS combined with novel feature extraction algorithms and new non-heuristic search methods for matching of fingerprint features dramatically reduced computational complexity and implementation cost. The PMA achieved stellar fingerprint matching accuracy enabling an unprecedented performance of AFIS.
AFIS has had a worldwide impact: At the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cogent (another company founded by Dr. Hsieh), built a crime database, capable of capturing and searching a crime scene fingerprint of palm print from any part of finger/palm prints. London’s Scotland Yard equipped its police force with Cogent’s handheld finger print mobile phone, instantly identifying suspects. In Europe it supports Eurodac, the world’s first and largest immigration control system. It has also been deployed worldwide to prevent voter fraud.
Fulgent’s technology platform for genetic testing for cancer offers one of the broadest test menus in the market, with the ability to customize unique gene panels, according to Shrikanth Narayanan, Dr. Hsieh’s nominator.
“This has created impact on cancer research, companion diagnostics across the oncology community on enabling personalized cancer treatments,” Narayanan wrote.
The IEEE-HKN Asad M. Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award, is the honor society’s first endowed award, made possible through a generous contribution from the IEEE-HKN Asad, Gowhartaj and Jamal Madni Family Fund of the IEEE Foundation. The award is named for IEEE life fellow, IEEE-HKN Eminent member, and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering Asad M. Madni.
The IEEE-HKN Board of Governors established the award in 2019 to recognize and honor Dr. Asad M. Madni’s nearly 50 years of technical and philanthropic accomplishments and visionary leadership.
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