Wei Family Private Foundation 2022–2023 Scholarship Winners

November 02, 2022

Janet Chen, Edward Chen and John Donnelly, representatives of the Wei Family Private Foundation, visited the Department of Electrical Engineering to present its 2022-2023 scholarship awards. The nonprofit foundation was established to honor the memory of Dr. Chung Kwai Lui Wei, the first woman to receive a PhD in physics from Oregon State University, and Mr. Hsin Hsu Wei, who received his MS in electrical engineering from Columbia. The foundation awards scholarship grants for up to three years to students of Chinese heritage with high academic credentials who are pursuing a degree in science or mathematics at Oregon State University or a graduate degree in electrical engineering at Columbia University.

The three awardees are Han Wang, Haiqui Yang and Xilin Jiang.

Haiqiu Yang


Haiqiu Yang is a Ph.D candidate in the Electrical Engineering Department at Columbia University, advised by Professor Christine Hendon. Her current research interest lies in the field of optical imaging systems for clinical use, with focus on the Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) in the surgery of atrial fibrillation. She is currently working on the system development for optical mapping on cardiac substrate with NIRS, aiming to guide and monitor the radiofrequency ablation treatment for cardiology.

Xilin Jiang


Xilin Jiang is a first-year MS/PhD student in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. He is supervised by Professor Nima Mesgarani in Neural Acoustic Processing Lab at Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. He studies signal processing and machine learning towards the human's auditory system. In particular, he is interested in developing robust speech neural networks for dynamic real-world environments. Before coming to Columbia, Xilin Jiang graduated from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign(UIUC) with the highest honor and interned at Amazon and National Center for Supercomputing Applications(NCSA).

Han Wang


Han Wang is a second year PhD student in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. Han works with with Prof.James Anderson and her research focuses on large-scale optimization, randomized numerical linear algebra, federated learning and reinforcement learning.

The department is grateful to the Wei Family Private Foundation for its continued support of the electrical engineering graduate program.

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