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Yoon receives Padovani Scholarship

CS graduate student Man-Ki Yoon received the Roberto Padovani Scholarship from Qualcomm. The Roberto Padovani Scholarship program was created in 2008 to recognize Qualcomm Research interns who demonstrate extraordinary technical talent during their summer internships. It is a global program that includes nominees from Qualcomm Research offices across the globe.

Candidates are nominated by their mentors or managers based on their technical contributions and overall impact to the organization. It is a fairly exclusive group of recipients as approximately seven scholarships are awarded each year.

Man-Ki Yoon
Man-Ki Yoon

Yoon worked at Qualcomm Research Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, California, on mobile security and privacy for smart phones.

“The project was really exciting because it started as a research question but finally included exciting interactions with the product groups,” said Yoon. “I think it was a unique experience that not all research internships can have.”

At Illinois, Yoon is working under the direction of CSL and CS Professor Lui Sha and Illinois ITI Research Scientist Sibin Mohan on a project titled “Secure Multicore Architecture for Embedded Systems.” The work addresses security challenges inherent in embedded systems and examines combinations of analytic and system architectural solutions for detecting these threats.

Recipients of the Padovani scholarship receive a $5,000 academic scholarship to be used toward school expenses. In addition, recipients who come back to Qualcomm Research as an intern or as a full time employee immediately upon graduation are eligible to receive a return bonus.

The scholarship is named after Dr. Roberto Padovani, who is currently an Executive Vice President and Fellow at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Padovani served as Qualcomm’s Chief Technology Officer from 2002 to 2011. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and is an IEEE Fellow.

In addition to the Padovani Scholarship, Yoon was recently named a recipient of a 2014 Intel PhD fellowship. In 2013 Yoon received one of two Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships awarded to CS @ ILLINOIS grad students.