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Stanford EE group featured on BBC World News Horizons
On an episode of BBC World News Horizons focusing on ways engineering and medicine work together to tackle illness and disease, Stanford Electrical Engineering Professor Ada Poon and her team discuss their groundbreaking research in this area with reporter Adam Shaw.
The show, which aired Nov. 16-17, 2013 (GMT), featured Poon’s use of cell phone technology to develop a new generation of implanted robotic and medical devices. Her group’s revolutionary prototype device is powered and controlled by radio waves generated outside of the body, and the devices are small enough to move through a patient's bloodstream. They hope these miniature chips can eventually be directed to specific organs such as the heart, where they can measure and feedback accurate information on biological functions.
The episode, titled "Technobody," is currently available online at www.bbc.com/horizonsbusiness (Poon's group is featured in Part 3).
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Photo caption: BBC's Adam Shaw with Stanford EE Professor Ada Poon. Photo courtesy of BBC World News.
Nanomanufacturing: Pushing the Boundaries of Scale, Speed and Learning
Nanotechnology is a relatively new field at the confluence of physics, science, and engineering, but its impact on our lives is astounding. From the phones and computers we use to the solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity, nanotechnology is pushing our understanding of what is possible.
Nanomanufacturing refers to the production of nano-scaled materials—meaning a billionth in size—and it is used in a multitude of electronics and other non-biological technologies. As the site of some of the most important technological advancements in the last few decades, Nanomanufacturing is a popular course in Stanford’s School of Engineering. This fall, EE292L: Nanomanufacturing was delivered for the second time as a flipped style course, engaging students with its Discovery-Channel-like video approach, guest lectures by Silicon Valley innovators and experts in the field, and thought-provoking in-classroom demonstrations using real products from current industries.
According to instructor Aneesh Nainani, a consulting assistant professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, the course offers an opportunity for students to explore the field of nanotechnology and “to see how developments at nano-scale are impacting the electronics they use in everyday life.”
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Optical Society of America Honorary Member
Stephen Harris, the Kenneth and Barbara Oshman Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics, Emeritus, was recently elected as an Honorary Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA). According to the OSA, Harris was selected for his "pioneering and profoundly influential contributions to the science of light, including optical parametric emission, lasing without inversion, electromagnetically induced transparency, and single cycle optical pulse generation."
Honorary Membership is OSA’s most distinguished membership status. Harris joins a group of only 45 OSA Honorary Members elected since the Society was founded in 1916.
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Scientists develop heat-resistant materials that could vastly improve solar cell efficiency
Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter, an element used in specialized solar cells, that could significantly improve the efficiency of the cells. The novel component is designed to convert heat from the sun into infrared light, which can than be absorbed by solar cells to make electricity – a technology known as thermophotovoltaics.
Unlike earlier prototypes that fell apart before temperatures reached 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit (1,200 degrees Celsius), the new thermal emitter remains stable at temperatures as high as 2,500 F (1,400 C).
"This is a record performance in terms of thermal stability and a major advance for the field of thermophotovoltaics," said Shanhui Fan, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University. Fan and his colleagues at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (Illinois) and North Carolina State University collaborated on the project. Their results are published in the Oct. 16 edition of the journal Nature Communications.
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