tpThassyo Pinto, a PhD student in electrical and computer engineering, will be honored by IEEE in October when it presents the 2019 Larry K. Wilson Award to him for extraordinary accomplishments in student activities. The IEEE Larry K. Wilson Regional Student Activities Award is the most prestigious student award to recognize, annually, in each Region of the IEEE, the Student member most responsible for an extraordinary accomplishment associated with student activities. The value of a Student member who shows a pattern of dedication and ongoing service to a Student Branch/Student Branch Chapter is certainly recognized. The award is designed to reward a particular event, program, or product of IEEE Student Activities. It is sponsored by the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board.

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 executive committees, acting as the RAS Regional Student Representative for Regions 1 through 7.  

Pinto's major accomplishments in student service and activities include: 1) Chair and Founder of the IEEE/RAS Humanitarian Technology Day at MSU in 2017; 2) Chair and Founder of the Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Student Chapter at MSU in 2018; and 3) Advisor and Co-Founder of the MSU STARX Robotic Exoskeleton Team.