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Vilkhu wins international HKN award

For the first time since the 1960s, a student at The Ohio State University won the national 2018 Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Award.

The winner, alumnus Raman Vilkhu, completed his ECE undergrad studies in Spring 2018, and carried out his Honors Research Thesis at the ElectroScience Lab under the supervision of Assistant Professor Asimina Kiourti

“During the course of his studies and research at Ohio State, he wrote multiple journal and conference papers, co-authored a provisional patent, and won multiple national and international awards,” Kiourti said.

 Vilkhu is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Stanford University.

The Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Student Award is presented by Etta Kappa Nu, the international honor society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Los Angeles Area alumni chapter.

According to IEEE, the award recognizes “outstanding scholastic excellence and high moral character, coupled with demonstrated exemplary service to classmates, university, community, and country.”

Created in 1965, this award has become a traditional means of providing recognition to deserving ECE students. Previous winners from Ohio State were Thomas L. Niemeyer in 1969 and Thomas L. Thomas in 1966.

In 1975 the name was changed to the “Alton B. Zerby Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student Award” to honor and perpetuate the memory of Alton B. Zerby, a long-time leader and executive secretary of Eta Kappa Nu. In 1993, the name was further changed to include Carl T. Koerner to honor and perpetuate the memory of Mr. Koerner, an HKN member who had a lifelong dedication to Eta Kappa Nu, including serving as its president. Mr. Koerner was the fifth recipient of the prestigious HKN Distinguished Service Award (1975) in recognition of his contributions to the field of electrical engineering and to Eta Kappa Nu.