Yiu Man So
Yiu Man So (MSEE) was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States in 1975. Over the course of his work at Raytheon/Hughes Aircraft Company, he has co-authored several journal articles and conference papers on Photonic oscillators and holds two U.S. patents. In 2016 he received the prestigious Six-Sigma award from Raytheon. After 36 years as Senior Principal Engineer/Project Chief Engineer, he retired in 2018. He is currently serving as the chief engineer for Epirus Systems, a startup company.
With his decades of professional experience, Mr. So has sought to develop others in his communities. Recently, he delivered a keynote speech to Aerospace Cooperation titled, “Diverse Leadership + Expanding Opportunity: An Imperative for America” and another keynote speech to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) titled “The Rhythm on Freedom.” Within Raytheon alone, he has closely supported the Raytheon Asian Pacific Association (RAPA) for over fifteen years, with roles including ambassador and community outreach lead. One of his key contributions was the foundation and leadership of the RAPA dragon boat team in 2009, which has since become an effective platform for leadership development.
Among all of Mr. So’s community efforts, his passion truly lies within raising the younger generation. Recently he developed a STEM workshop, titled “Bring your child to the workshop and you may go home with a scientist”. Seeing an opportunity to mentor more than just young engineers, he joined the Asian American Professional Association (AAPA) in 2017 as a mentor and has since conducted workshops to great success. He has delivered motivational speeches at high schools, Universities, and Asian American events. Within the past ten years, he has served as Chair of CESASC Scholarship Committee 2007-2009, Chair of National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Scholarship Committee 2008, President of CESASC in 2009-2010, and Chair of CESASC Student Essay Competition Project since 2013. He has also mentored students during the FIRST Robotic competition and served as judge several times for the California State Science Fair and grand judge for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).