Computer science and engineering student wins big in China

Kaisheng Ma at the award ceremony. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

CHANGCHUN, China -- Kaisheng Ma, a doctoral candidate in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, won third prize in the China Overseas Talent and Innovation Entrepreneur competition.

The computer science and engineering student, supervised by Distinguished Professor Vijay Narayanan and professor Jack Sampson, won for his contributions to non-volatile processors. The nonvolatile processor technology can enable applications with battery-free devices like wearable devices, implanted devices, and energy harvesting sensing networks.

The competition, held by the China Association for Science and Technology, lasted for five months, had participants in 25 countries throughout the world and included 374 competitors who were nominated across five subsections: Asia Pacific, Europe, East Asia, North America Boston, North America Silicon Valley.

Kaisheng was invited to Changchun in China for the final round competition, after succeeding in the first round competition in Silicon Valley. In the finals, the non-volatile processor won the third prize and ranked in the joint positions of 9-18 among 374 nominations. The vice president of China, YuanChao Li, and GangWan, who heads the department head of science and technology China, were at the award ceremony.

Kaisheng Ma has been supported by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center ASSIST center and has been collaborating with international partner Yongpan Liu, a professor from Tsinghua University in China, and Yuan Xie, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Last Updated October 23, 2017