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UCLA EE Student Wins $10,000 Broadcom Award

UCLA EE Student Wins $10,000 Broadcom Award

UCLA Engineering graduate student Rod Kim with Broadcom founder Henry Samueli and Electrical Engineering Department Chair Frank Chang.

Rod Yanghyo Kim, a graduate student in electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was awarded first place and $10,000 at the Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition on June 6.

Kim was recognized for his project “Hollow Plastic-based Wave Cable Transceiver for High-Speed Multimedia Display Links,” which demonstrates how hollow plastic-based wave cable transceivers in consumer electronics devices can be adapted to enable greater bandwidth while maintaining cost and energy efficiency.


Kim was among 12 finalists from universities from around the globe competing in a poster session at Broadcom’s annual Technical Conference. More than 400 Broadcom engineers were present to judge the entries for technology innovation and presentation.

The top three winners received unrestricted cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. Nine other finalists received prizes of $1,000.

The mission of the Broadcom Foundation, a non-profit public benefit corporation funded by Broadcom Corp., is to advance education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity.