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Numerical Technologies Founders Fellowship
EE PhD student Nishal Pradeepbhai Shah recently received the 2014 Numerical Technologies Founders Fellowship as the top performer on the Electrical Engineering Qualifying Exam.
In addition, EE PhD student Farzan Farnia won the Numerical Technologies Founders Prize as the second top performer on the Qualifying Exam.
The Numerical Technologies Founders awards were established by Dr. Yao-Ting Wang (Ph.D., 1997) and his advisor Professor Thomas Kailath, co-founders of Numerical Technologies, Inc., and their spouses. The company was created to commercialize the resolution enhancement techniques for optical lithography developed in Dr. Wang’s dissertation as part of a DARPA-sponsored project (1990-2000) on the applications of Control and Signal Processing to Semiconductor Manufacturing. The theme of the project was to demonstrate the power of the Mathematical Engineering approach: going from an ill-defined physical problem to an idealized mathematical model, its often-approximate solution, and then compromises for practical implementation and transition to industry. The first applications were to Rapid Thermal Processing and then to Optical Lithography where, when the project began, the industry was facing a so-called 100nm barrier. Numerical Technologies, in collaboration with Motorola, were the first to show that the barrier could be broken. This spurred further development of a host of resolution enhancement techniques the barrier has been lowered to 32nm. The company was founded in 1995, went public in 2000, and was acquired by Synopsis, Inc. in 2003. A different measure of the importance of the Mathematical Engineering approach is that the work on Rapid Thermal Processing won outstanding paper prizes in 1994 and 2003 from the IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing.
Globecom 2013 Communication Theory Symposium best paper award
Stanford EE Postdoc Francisco Javier Lopez-Martinez, former EE postdoc Ernest Kurniawan and Andrea Goldsmith, the Stephen Harris Professor in the School of Engineering, recently received the Globecom 2013 Communication Theory Symposium best paper award.
They were recognized for their paper entitled, “Average Fade Duration for Amplify-and-Forward Relay Networks in Log-Normal Fading.” According to the Globecome awards committee chair, there is only one best paper for each of the 12 Globecom symposia in 2013, so their paper has high distinction.
OSA Maiman Prize
The Optical Society (OSA) awarded Stanford Electrical Engineering PhD candidate Gary Shambat the Maiman Prize, which recognizes student innovation, research excellence and presentation skills in the areas of laser technology and electro-optics. This was awarded for his paper titled, "Single cell photonic nanocavity probes." He received it during the June 2013 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO).
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Three EE seniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa honor society
Three graduating Electrical Engineering seniors - Madison White, Kristina Bohl and Arun Prasad - were recently inducted into Stanford's Phi Beta Kappa honors society.
Phi Beta Kappa is a nationwide society honoring students for the excellence and breadth of their undergraduate scholarly accomplishments. Membership in the Stanford Chapter (Beta of California) is open to undergraduates of all majors. To be elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Stanford, a student must achieve academic distinction in the major as well as in courses across a broad range of fields.
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