ECE PhD Graduate Shunqiao Sun wins 2016 Robert T. Hill Memorial Best Dissertation Award from IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society



Shunqiao Sun, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the Rutgers Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department, has won the 2016 Robert T. Hill Memorial Best Dissertation Award, given by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS).

Shunqiao’s Ph.D. thesis, entitled ``MIMO Radars with Sparse Sensing,’’ proposed a new radar concept that enables high target scene surveillance while requiring substantially reduced volume of data as compared to state-of-art radar systems. Shunqiao was a member of the Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory (CSPL) and worked under the supervision of Prof. Athina Petropulu.

Shunqiao joined CSPL in 2011, after completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Southern Yangtze University and Fudan University, respectively. Following the completion of his Ph.D. in January 2016, he joined the radar core team of Delphi Electronics & Safety, where he now works on millimeter-wave radar signal processing and machine learning algorithms for self-driving cars.

The Best Dissertation Award, in honor of Robert T. Hill, is an annual AESS award to recognize candidates that have recently received a Ph.D. degree and have written an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation that has made particularly noteworthy contributions in a field of interest of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. Its purpose is to grant international recognition for the most outstanding Ph.D. dissertation by an AESS member in the year she/he is nominated. The award consists of an honorarium of $1,000 and a plaque, and will be presented at the 2017 IEEE Radar Conference that will be held in Seattle, Washington May 8-12, 2017.

Shunqiao is also the winner of 2015-2016 Graduate Program Academic Achievement Award given by the ECE department of Rutgers University.