ARRL member Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, a 19-year-old student at Michigan’s Kettering University, has received the Radio Club of America’s “Young Achiever Award.” The RCA Young Achiever Award is presented to students of high school age or younger who have demonstrated excellence and creativity in wireless communications, and who have delivered a presentation at the annual RCA Technical Symposium. Receiving the award allowed her to attend the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) held in Orlando in early March.

ARRL member Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, with her award. [Sharon Willet, KM4TVU, photo]

“I was shocked to have received this award. I never dreamed I would be able to attend such a prestigious wireless event,” Willet said in an article for Kettering University News. “It was an honor be recognized by the Radio Club of America and to be presented with this award. It was an eye-opening experience for me to be exposed to the field of wireless communications and to be introduced to the discussions taking place among first responders and the government regarding emergency situation preparedness.”

Willet, who is from Lawrenceville, Georgia, is the recipient of the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Scholarship. At Kettering, she is pursuing a double major in mechanical engineering and engineering physics. She is president of her school’s recently revived Amateur Radio club, GMTE Amateur Radio & Electronics Club, K8HPS.

“As an Amateur Radio operator, I’ve mostly only experienced the hobby side of radio,” Willet said. “This conference allowed me to see a broad range of applications for radio and technology…. It was very energizing to attend all sorts of workshops and seminars, and learn how much our daily lives are touched by the field of wireless communications.” Read more.

Source: ARRL Letter