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Two Alums Receive the COE Diamond Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Early Career Achievement

CJ Hwang, M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’66

CJ Hwang, M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’66

Jean Wang, M.S. ’04, Ph.D. ’07

Jean Wang, M.S. ’04, Ph.D. ’07

Cherng Jia “CJ” Hwang (M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’66) and Jean Wang (M.S. ’04, Ph.D. ’07) have been awarded the UW College of Engineering’s (COE) 2017 Diamond Award. Hwang received the award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Wang was honored with the Early Career Achievement award.

Hwang and Wang will be honored at a special ceremony this spring, recognizing them for their significant contributions to their respective fields. The annual Diamond Award celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of COE alumni.

The Entrepreneurial Excellence award recognizes a UW COE graduate, who best exemplifies the ideals of entrepreneurship. As the creative force behind semiconductor lasers and the founder of three companies, Hwang was honored for his dedication to societal impact and for his groundbreaking achievements in laser development. While at the UW, Hwang was advised by Dr. Lynn A.K. Watt.

The Early Career Achievement award recognizes outstanding graduates of the UW COE, who demonstrate exceptional achievement during the first 10 years of an engineering career. In addition to her work on Project Glass, Wang was a founding member of the robotic surgery team at Google Life Sciences. Her cutting-edge work focuses on advancing the technology to aid in everyday life. While at the university, Wang received mentorship from her advisor, Professor Lih Lin.

To learn more about Hwang and Wang and the other excellent honorees, please view the College of Engineering’s 2017 Diamond Award page.