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HKN - JPL Guest Speaker

  • Building 9, Room 303 (map)

Engineering a Fulfilling Hard Science Endeavor with Soft Skills

Dr. Yutao He from JPL will be speaking about space avionics and careers in STEM.

Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Building 9, Room 303

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Speaker Bio: Dr. Yutao He

Dr. He is a Senior Technologist at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) leading technology development in innovative avionics systems for future space exploration missions. He has won numerous NASA/JPL awards, including NASA Group Achievement Award, NASA New Technology Awards, and JPL institutional awards.

Dr. He is an adjunct faculty member at UCLA and CSU-LA, and an Executive-in-Residence of College of ECST at CSU-LA, teaching graduate/undergraduate courses in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Dr. He has been serving as reviewers for numerous professional journals and conferences and as organizers of technical conferences, and on the review boards of NASA AIST and SBIR proposals in the area of avionics and information technology.

Dr. He’s research interests are rad-hard CubeSat avionics for deep space missions, FPGA-based reconfigurable computing, advanced fault-tolerant avionics architecture, real-time embedded systems, software engineering, systems engineering of complex systems design, wearable computing, smart-phone based mobile computing, and big data.

At JPL Dr. He has mentored over 50 interns from Caltech, UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, UCI, Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Harvey Mudd Collage, CalPoly at Pomona, etc. Some are currently working full-time at JPL, Broadcom, SpaceX, TI, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, WalmartLabs, Facebook, CERN, etc. Since November 2011, he has been “Coach Yutao” in Science Olympiad Team of Dana Middle School in Arcadia, California. He was a Grand Award judge in Computer Science Category at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and has been LA Science Fair judges for several years.

Dr. He is President/co-founder of LEAP Career Development Forum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to career development and professional growth of Asian Americans. He is also Chair of JPL Asian American Council (AAC), Vice President of THUAA-SC (Tsinghua University Alumni Association of Southern California), and member of CESASC (Chinese Engineers and Scientists Association of Southern California) Board of Directors. He was former President of JPL/Caltech Toastmaster Club, and 2012-2014 CESASC President and Chairman. During his presidency, CESASC initiated STEM Essay Contest for middle/high school students and LEAP program for college students/junior professional.

Dr. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.

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