Undergrad Recipients of Awards

2015 David Kuck Undergraduate Awards

Jae Won Choi

Born in June 1991, Seoul Korea, Jae Won Choi graduated from Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies in 2010. He was admitted to University of Illinois Electrical Engineering Program as an undergraduate, class of 2014. However, he returned to Korea to serve in Marine Corps in 2011. In 2013 he was discharged as a sergeant, and came back to the University of Illinois to continue his study.

His areas of academic interest are signal processing and optimization. Since fall 2014, he has been working on wireless underwater acoustic modem research in Professor Singer's Research Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Additionally, he has been the treasurer of the Illinois Korean Student Association (KSA) since Fall 2014.

Francisco Gonzalez

Majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a Computational Science and Engineering minor, Francisco Gonzalez is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. He spent this past semester working on an independent research project studying the aerodynamics the rotating airfoils of vertical axis wind turbines. Recently he was accepted into the Blue Waters Student Internship Program, a year-long research internship where students learn to apply high-performance computing to problems in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Over the next year Francisco will be working with Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Arif Masud and his team on addressing fluid-structure interaction issues in blood-artery interaction models using the Blue Waters platform. Francisco hopes to pursue to Ph.D. in Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Jack Weinstein

As a recently graduated senior in Computer Science with a minor in Physics, Jack Weinstein participated in an internships at Argonne National Laboratory with the ATLAS detector computing team in the high energy physics department developing ROOT, a tool which physicists everywhere use as a data analysis framework.

He has also done REUs in the math department at University of Illinois, modeling condensed matter phenomena with numerical Monte Carlo simulation on the campus cluster. Ultimately this landed him a free trip to Sapienza Universita in Rome for collaboration.

His senior thesis was a research project with Professor Shaffer, implementing theoretical algorithms for approximate min-congestion problems (and along the way, approximate cut-preserving graph sparsification) with applications in terrain mesh analysis for Exxon. This work is hosted publicly on his github and has already attracted some attention from other universities.

His most recent internships were at Google, once in Systems Infrastructure and once in GMail backend, where he will be starting as a full time employee in the fall.