The ESE class of 2013 Valedictorians are:
Jason Binder, Electrical Engineering. While at Washington University, Binder worked as a research assistant in the Younan Xia Nanotechnology Lab and in the Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, headed by Dennis Barbour, MD, PhD. In the summer of 2012, he worked as an electrical engineering intern at Square Inc., which he will join full-time as an electrical engineer on the hardware team. He was a member of three honor societies, was on the Dean’s List all semesters, and received the Antoinette Frances Dames Award for Productive Scholarship in Engineering, the Russell R. Pfeiffer Outstanding Junior Award in Electrical & Systems Engineering and the David H. Levy Outstanding Senior Award. A native of Baton Rouge, La., he was involved with the Electrical Engineering Student Advisory Board, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and Camp Dream Street, a summer camp for children with physical and mental disabilities.
Trevor Hu, Systems Engineering and Finance. While at Washington University, Hu worked as a resident adviser for Eliot 1. In addition, he was on the Relay for Life Steering Committee, was the Washington University Actuarial Club co-president and was the Washington University Student Associate (WUSA) for Eliot 0. A native of Honolulu, he also was treasurer of the university’s Hawaii Club and was a tutor and teaching assistant for several courses in science and math. He received the Antoinette Frances Dames Award for Productive Scholarship in Engineering, and the Outstanding Sophomore Award, the Russell R. Pfeiffer Outstanding Junior Award and the David H. Levy Outstanding Senior Award from the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering. During the summers, he has worked at the U.S. Department of Defense in the Defense Information Systems Agency, for The Boeing Co.’s Commercial Airplanes division, and at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, which he will join full-time as an actuary in Seattle.
Hidemasa Kato, Systems Science & Engineering and Finance. Kato was a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Club A Team, Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, campus interview team, business school computer lab, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and an engineering tutor. He also was a teaching assistant for a variety of engineering and business classes. In addition, the native of Tarrytown, NY, was a Boeing Scholar, received the David H. Levy Outstanding Senior Award, the Outstanding Junior Award and the Outstanding Sophomore Award from the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, and was on the Dean’s List all semesters. During the summers, Kato worked at My College Advisor, AllianceBernstein L.P., and Google Inc., which he will join full time as a people operations analyst in Mountain View, Calif.
Youngjia (Jenny) Liu, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Liu conducted undergraduate research, was involved in the Washington University Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, which produced the Battlebots, worked on the Brain Computer Interface project, and was a problem solving team leader for Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. She recently received the Outstanding Senior Academic Achievement Award from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the David H. Levy Outstanding Senior Award from Electrical & Systems Engineering. The Cleveland native Liu plans to work in a lab next fall.
Calvin Murdock, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Murdock is a member of the student advisory board for Electrical & Systems Engineering, as well as of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and IEEE. He recently received the David H. Levy Outstanding Senior Award from the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering. He also has received the Outstanding Student Award from Computer Science & Engineering, the Russell R. Pfeiffer Outstanding Junior Award from Electrical & Systems Engineering, the Antoinette Frances Dames Award for Productive Scholarship in Engineering, the Outstanding Sophomore Award from Electrical & Systems Engineering and was on the Dean’s List all semesters. He worked for two years as a student developer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition, he has conducted undergraduate research in robotic sensing and in the media and machines laboratory. He participated in Research Experiences for Undergraduates with Robert Pless, PhD, professor of computer science & engineering, and was a co-author of a workshop with Pless for the IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision. A native of Niwot, Colo., Murdock received the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, with which he will attend Carnegie Mellon University to earn a doctorate in machine learning.