ECE Ph.D. Graduate Wins Chinese Government Award


May 29, 2007

Recent ECE Ph.D. graduate James Ma won the 2007 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. Ma was the only student chosen from Carnegie Mellon University. Awardees are selected based on academic and research achievements, after at least three rounds of judging by invited experts from their fields both in China and their host countries.

Ma's research focuses on novel numerical methods to build CAD tools that can handle the growing amount of statistical variability of modern semiconductor processes. He works on the technical staff at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center located outside of New York City. While at Carnegie Mellon, his faculty advisor was Rob Rutenbar, Jatras Professor of ECE and Professor of CS.

Each year, the Chinese Scholarship Council selects 200-300 winners from around the world for the award, including 50-60 from the U.S. Although applicants come from a range of fields spanning from art to business, many of the winners this year were basic science majors; Ma was one of the few named in engineering.

Chinese citizens can apply for the honor if they are under the age of 40, enrolled in a Ph.D. program outside of China, and not receiving financial support from the Chinese government.

James Ma (right) receives his award from Biwei Liu, Consul General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York City.

The U.S. award winners including Ma (second from left); Fanglin Ai (center), the Diplomatic Officer of Education; and Liu.

Ma (third from left) and the other U.S. awardees with (left to right from the center) Chun Fang, the Consul General's wife; the Consul General; and the Diplomatic Officer of Education.