An Ohio State Electrical Engineering student, Jack Hsueh, has become the first ever Buckeye to win the International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) award. Specifically, Hsueh was given the Analog Devices (ADI) Outstanding Student Designer Award, an honor typically granted to students from the Ivy League.
In other words, he’s as sharp as they come.
Recently, we got to sit down and talk with Jack and ask him a few questions about his work, the award, and what stuff he likes to do for fun.
So, we’ve read a bit about your work, but it’s a lot to take in. Could you explain what you do in more laymen’s terms?
My work is focusing on computational ADCs. We know that because of machine learning and Internet of [T]hings (IoT), more and more data needs to be transmitted to [the] cloud to analyze. The computational ADCs can do the local computation, like compressing the signal without losing information or preliminarily [sic] analyze the data, so that the size of transmitting data can be reduced. The future trend of biomedical and communication systems is array-type systems…If the design is successful, it’s expected to significantly reduce the energy consumption and computing efforts of large-array sensing and communication systems due to the large number of channels.
How did you get where you are today? Is this something you’ve always wanted to do, or did you only recently enter into this line of work?
I have been an EE student for a long time. I have two EE M.S. degrees. One in OSU, and the other in National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan. Now, I’m working toward my doctoral degree in OSU. It’s a great honor to receive this award[,] which is a big affirmation for me.
How did you manage to get into the running for the ADI award? Did you submit your work, or were you entered by someone else?
I think it’s submitted by my adviser, Vanessa Chen.
When/How did you find out that you had won the award?
I got the notification from ADI through email before the Christmas vacation. When I received the email, I was so excited. That night, I didn’t sleep well because I was too excited. It’s my best Christmas present EVER!
How busy are you with your research? Is it the typical 9-5, or are your hours kind of all over the place?
Typically, I work in our lab from 9-5. Sometimes, I may bring some work to home, but not that often.
What do you like to do with the free time that you do manage to get?
Recently, I[‘ve] played “Hearthstone” from Blizzard. Hearthstone is a turned-based strategy game.
Have you heard about the show Black Mirror on Netflix? What do you think of it? Have you ever thought about unintended consequences of your line of work? Problems that could arise?
Yes, I like it. I think it’s an interesting show [that] can help us think about the future. The problems in [the] show may or may not happen… [in the] future[,] but seeing this kind of show can help us to think about what is important to us and what we need to care about.
What do you plan to do once you receive your PhD? Continue your research or move onto something different/tangentially related?
I’ll keep doing research in the IC design field in academic or in industry[:] I’ve not decided yet. The one thing I[‘m] sure about is that I will still [be] in this IC design field. I like it. Though people said that the Moor’s law is closed to its limited [sic], I think there is still lots of potentials in this IC design field. New technique, new architecture, or even new material may be the future trend.
Are there any memorable stories that you have from your research/people you’ve worked with?
Originally, I only studied my master program in OSU. In my last semester, I took a course with my adviser. She asked me if I want[ed] to study [sic] PhD program with her. After she analyzed the pros and cons of studying PhD, I decided to start my PhD program with her. Thanks to her, [I won] the ADI outstanding student designer award.
Photos sourced from OSU’s website.