2016 OUR-UNLV Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award Winner: Justin Le
Justin Le, major in Electrical and Computer Engineering; minor in Mathematics
Nominated by Dr. Yingtao Jiang, Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Emma Regentova, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Justin Le, a major in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics who is graduating this spring, is the 2016 recipient of the OUR-UNLV Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award. Justin has worked on an amazing number of diverse research projects in engineering subfields of electrical engineering, computer science, and applied mathematics. He has worked on projects focused on intelligent systems, vision-based technologies, and data analysis. He has presented his research at the NASA Annual Space Grant Consortium (2015) and was a speaker at the International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVP) in Las Vegas. He is the lead author on the 2015 paper “A Deep Belief Network for Classifying Remotely-Sensed Hyperspectral Data” in the proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Visual Computing (Springer International Publishing). Clearly Justin wants to positively impact lives with his research. One project demonstrated the application of one such technique to the analysis of enormous spectrometer images taken by aerial vehicles for the purpose of identifying routes where wildlife trafficking might occur and thereby aiding the prevention of animal poaching. His recent work focuses on developing adaptive technology to assist people who have developmental disorders in communicating non-verbally with others. He will draw from fields in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, and computer systems engineering. Justin’s novel research is bound to continue to have broad impacts – and already has influenced and inspired undergraduate colleagues he collaborates with. As Dr. Jiang wrote in his nomination letter, Justin “has a deep understanding of the technical and philosophical questions raised by other researchers in his field, to the extent that he was able to heavily influence the direction of every project in which he participated.”
Justin is also significantly involved in UNLV service activities including currently serving as the President of Tau Beta Pi, an Honors Society that represents the College of Engineering. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a student organization that represents the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.