UH Mānoa student among the nation’s top three in electrical engineering

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Wayne Shiroma, (808) 956-7218
College of Engineering
Posted: Sep 18, 2007

HONOLULU - Monte Watanabe, an engineering student who graduated with his BS in May from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was named as an honorable mention recipient for the 2006-2007 Eta Kappa Nu Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Electrical or Computer Engineering Student Award. Watanabe‘s selection as Honorable Mention identifies him as one of the three most outstanding electrical or computer engineering students in the nation.

There are nearly 200 chapters of Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society for electrical and computer engineers. Each chapter can nominate one student for the award. Of the five finalists this year, one winner and two honorable mentions were selected.

As an undergraduate, Watanabe co-authored several publications, including a forthcoming book chapter. He also played a major role on the steering committee of the 2007 International Microwave Symposium, Hawaiʻi‘s largest conference this year. Watanabe is currently pursuing his graduate degree at UH Mānoa, specializing in retrodirective antenna arrays for small-satellite applications.

Watanabe is the fourth UH Mānoa student to be recognized with the award in the past seven years. Previous UH Mānoa winners of the award, also UH Regents Scholars, were Kendall Ching (2001), Aaron Ohta (2003) and Blaine Murakami (2005).