MCL Director, Professor C.-C. Jay Kuo, received the 2017 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award on March 6 at the 42nd IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

The IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award is sponsored by the Leon K. Kirchmayer Memorial Fund and recognizes inspirational teaching of graduate students in the IEEE fields of interest.  Professor Kuo received this award for excellence in inspirational guidance of graduate students and curriculum development in the area of multimedia signal processing.

Professor Kuo gave the following short speech in the Award Ceremony. “It was a great honor to be recognized by the prestigious Lion K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award. I would like to use this opportunity to appreciate a few people who had great impacts on my teaching career. When I was a PhD student at MIT, I was fortunate to work with a few young faculty members. They were my PhD and Master thesis advisor Bernard Levy, my PhD thesis co-advisor, John Tsitsiklis, my MS thesis co-advisor, Bruce Musicus, my PhD thesis committee member, Nick Trefethen, and my postdoc mentor at UCLA, Tony Chan. They spent an enormous amount of time nurturing and advising me. I am obliged to them deeply. Furthermore, I would like to say thanks to my graduate students. They are not only my students but also my teachers. I learned many new topics together with them. Finally, I would like to give thanks to my wife and daughter. Their unconditional love and patience allow me to do whatever I want to pursue. I do owe them tremendously, and would to like to share my joy and honor with them.”

Congratulations to Professor Kuo for this recognition!