Congratulations to RAS Student Member and Volunteer Thassyo Pinto, who has been selected as recipient of the 2019 Larry K. Wilson Award from IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA). This is one of the most prestigious IEEE Student Awards, and it recognizes the student member most responsible for an extraordinary accomplishment associated with student activities. IEEE celebrates the value of a Student member who shows a pattern of dedication and ongoing service to a Student Branch/Student Branch Chapter. The award was presented at the Region4 student meeting at South Dakota State University, USA in early October 2019.
Thassyo Pinto received his B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering from Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS), Brazil, in 2014. He is now a Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, and a member of the Smart Microsystems Lab and Adami Lab. His research interests are in soft robotics, evolutionary robotics and biorobotics. Through his leadership abilities, he has been guiding and improving many engineering student organizations at MSU as an advisor for the IEEE Student Branch, RAS Student Chapter, and for the STARX Robotic Exoskeleton Team. He is also an active member of IEEE regional executive committees, acting as the RAS Regional Student Representative (RSR) for Regions 1 through 7.