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Introducing Sarana Tse, the 2020-2021 AESS Undergraduate Student Representative

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Meet Sarana Tse, the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Undergraduate Student Representative for 2020-2021! Sarana is an undergraduate electrical engineering student at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.  She is on the Dean’s List with a 3.65 GPA and expects to graduate in May 2021.

Sarana participates in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program.  This program is a concentrated effort to enhance the DoD workforce with talented, innovative, and brilliant scientists, engineers, and researchers. SMART Scholars enter the program to pursue their education in some of the leading STEM fields currently in high demand by the U.S. Government.  The program offers scholarships for bachelors, masters and PhD students pursuing STEM. While in school, students receive full tuition, monthly stipends, health insurance and book allowances, as well as summer internships. Sarana spent last summer as an engineering intern studying communications security at Lackland AFB, Texas.  Upon graduation, Sarana will begin working in a civilian position in the U.S. Air Force.

Sarana’s extracurricular activities include swimming and martial arts.  Since 2010, she has participated in swimming competitions and is a swim coach/instructor and lifeguard during the summer.  She studies at Dragon Martial Arts and holds a black belt in Wing Chung Kung Fu. She is active in the Chinese American Citizens Alliance and serves as a volunteer at the Texas Folklife Festival.  Sarana is a member of the St. Mary’s University IEEE Student Branch and was nominated to serve as AESS Undergraduate Student Representative by Faculty Advisor, Dr. Wenbin Luo.


Pictured from left-to-right:  Dr. Wenbin Luo, St. Mary’s University (IEEE Student Branch Faculty Advisor), Sarana Tse, St. Mary’s University (AESS Undergraduate Student Representative, 2020-21), Walt Downing, Southwest Research Institute (AESS President, 2020-21), and Garrett Hall, Southwest Research Institute (AESS Undergraduate Student Representative, 2016-17).

Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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