The Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America raised $350,000 by honoring Ming Hsieh, Founder and CEO of 3M Cogent Systems. Born and raised in China, Ming Hsieh is the son of an electrical engineer, and was educated in secret at home during the Cultural Revolution. At the age of 24, he came to the U.S. where he attended the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Ming and a classmate co-founded Cogent, Inc. in 1990, a company that designs AFIS systems for law enforcement, governments, civil agencies and commercial businesses around the world.
The Second Century: The Next 100 Years Award luncheon was held Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the California Club. Funds raised from this event will support the Scouting programs throughout Los Angeles, including programs in high-risk communities. Mr. Hsieh’s generosity has significantly benefited the UCS Engineering School, Keck School of Medicine, and a wide variety of vital youth-oriented programs. According to BSA Immediate Past Board president, Rita Illig, “He is a brilliant engineer, visionary entrepreneur, inspired leader, and selfless philanthropist who epitomizes a life of purpose, character, dedication, perseverance, achievement and service in making a positive difference in our community and for mankind.”
Such an award from the Boy Scouts of America is rare indeed, exclusively reserved for people who have had a major impact on our community and Mr. Hsieh now joins such notables as Dr. Steven B. Sample, John Wayne and Bob Hope, who are among the very few. The achievements and gifts from Ming Hsieh have changed the shape of Los Angeles. He has a rich history of service and philanthropy that made him the ideal candidate to honor with The Second Century: The Next 100 Years Award.