Graduate student named nation's top electrical engineering student

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Eric Matsunaga, (808) 956-7584
Director, Marketing & Public Affairs, College of Engineering
Wayne Shiroma, (808) 956-7218
Professor, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
Posted: Oct 30, 2012

Larry K. Martin
Larry K. Martin
Larry K. Martin, a UH Manoa electrical engineering graduate student, has been named the winner of the 2011-12 Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Award, recognizing him as the most outstanding electrical engineering student in the nation. 
Martin, who graduated with his BS in electrical engineering from UH Manoa in Fall 2011, was named the winner of the award by Eta Kappa Nu, the national electrical engineering society, based on his achievements as an undergraduate student.
Martin is the fourth UH Manoa student to win the award. Previous awardees are Blaine Murakami (2005), Aaron Ohta (2003) and Kendall Ching (2001). In 2007, Monte Watanabe was selected as an honorable mention recipient.
In February, Martin received the 2012 Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies Student Engineer of the Year Award, identifying the Kailua resident as the outstanding student engineer in Hawaii for 2011. He was also named the Fall 2011 Outstanding Graduating Senior in Electrical Engineering. 
Martin has received numerous other scholarships and awards, including being a two-time recipient of the prestigious National Consortium for Measurement and Signature Intelligence Research Scholarship. He has also authored or co-authored several journals, conference papers and magazine articles.
As program/technical manager of the UH Manoa College of Engineering’s Small-Satellite Program, Martin assisted in writing several proposals that earned the program two NASA launch opportunities in 2013-14. The mission of the two nanosatellites scheduled to launch is to provide calibration for radar stations around the world. The program was founded by Electrical Engineering Professor Wayne Shiroma in 2001.
“It’s great to see that Larry’s tremendous accomplishments are being recognized on the national level as well,” said Shiroma. “I’m also very proud that another student from our program has received this prestigious honor.”
Martin will be recognized at the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu awards banquet in March 2013 in Orlando, Florida.
IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ official student honor society for students and professionals in engineering, science and computing, as well as the IEEE-designated fields of interest.  With more than 200,000 members and over 200 university chapters, IEEE-HKN recognizes academic excellence, leadership, outstanding character and service.
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