Ming Hsieh Recipient of Inaugural IEEE-HKN Madni Award

| December 15, 2020

The USC Trustee and Namesake of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Was Honored for Several Contributions

Ming Hsieh at the 10th Anniversary of the Naming of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, October 24th, 2016

USC Trustee and namesake of the USC Viterbi electrical and computer engineering department, Ming Hsieh, was recently named the recipient of the inaugural IEEE-HKN Asad M. Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award. It is the highest award given by IEEE-HKN.

Hsieh was honored for several advancements he developed, including improved genetic testing for cancer, a unique fingerprint modeling technique, and a programmable matching accelerator for high-speed fingerprint matching. His technology has been used recently by the FBI and Scotland Yard to greatly improve crime databases. At the same time, the technology supports immigration control systems in Europe and has been implemented across the world to prevent voter fraud in elections. Meanwhile, Hsieh’s genetic testing for cancer is one of the most effective and customizable on the market.


“Forty years ago, I came to the US to continue my college education in electrical engineering at USC. It was that education that broadened my knowledge, enriched my thinking, and empowered my vision.” – USC Trustee Ming Hsieh

“Dr. Hsieh’s work has had a profound and lasting impact on so many areas of society. Through it all, he has remained a dedicated alumnus of our department who is committed to growing the multifaceted field of electrical and computer engineering,” said Shri Narayanan, University Professor and Niki & Max Nikias Chair in Engineering at USC.

Speaking at the awards ceremony on November 7th, Hsieh spoke of his experience while a student at USC and praised Dr. Asad Madni, for whom the award is named. Dr. Asad Madni is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor and a Distinguished Researcher of electrical engineering at UCLA, and the Executive Managing Director and Chief Technical Officer of Crocker Capital, a San Francisco-based private venture firm specializing in emerging technologies.

“I am very humbled and honored to accept IEEE-HKN’s highest award, which carries Dr. Madni’s name. It has been an honor and privilege to know Dr. Madni over the years. He inspires and motivates everyone around him to follow in his footsteps with his outstanding technical contributions and philanthropy. Forty years ago, I came to the US to continue my college education in electrical engineering at USC. It was that education that broadened my knowledge, enriched my thinking, and empowered my vision.”

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