- March 2014 - February 2014 Staff Gift Card Program Awardees Announced
- February 2014 - Stanford engineers create tool to reduce cost of cloud computing
- February 2014 - Professor Stephen Boyd Elected to NAE
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Professor Stephen Boyd Elected to NAE
Stephen P. Boyd, Samsung Professor of Engineering at the Stanford University School of Engineering, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He becomes the 110th member of the Stanford Engineering faculty to join this prestigious academy.
According to the NAE, membership honors outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice or education" and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology," among other acts of professional distinction.
The NAE cited Boyd for his contributions in applying the methodology of convex optimization to machine learning, signal processing, circuit design and other applications.
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Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Stephen Boyd, Samsung Professor in the School of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering "for contributions to engineering design and analysis via convex optimization."
Election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."
The NAE elected 67 new members in 2014, bringing the total U.S. membership to 2,250.
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2014 EE Staff Gift Card Program kicks off with 3 awardees
Three staff members each received a $50 Visa card in recognition of their extraordinary efforts as part of the department’s 2014 Staff Gift Card Bonus Program. The EE department received several nominations in January, and nominations from 2013 were also considered.
Following are January’s gift card recipients and some of the comments from their nominators:
Ann Guerra, Faculty Administrator
- “She is very kind to students and always enthusiastic to help students… every time we need emergent help, she is willing to give us a hand.”
- “Ann helps anyone who goes to her for help with anything, sometimes when it’s beyond her duty.”
Teresa Nguyen, Student Accounting Associate
- “She stays on top of our many, many student financial issues, is an extremely reliable source of information and is super friendly.”
- “Teresa’s cheerful disposition, her determination, and her professionalism seem to go above and beyond what is simply required.”
Helen Niu, Faculty Administrator
- “Helen is always a pleasure to work with.”
- “She goes the extra mile in her dealings with me, which is very much appreciated.”
The School of Engineering once again gave the EE department several gift cards to distribute to staff members who are recognized for going above and beyond. More people will be recognized next month, and past nominations will still be eligible for future months. EE faculty, staff and students are welcome to nominate a deserving staff person by visiting https://gradapps.stanford.edu/NotableStaff/nomination/create.
Stanford well represented in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list
Several Stanford-affiliated students, faculty and alumni were selected as members of this year's Forbes 30 under 30 lists, which highlights young thought leaders, entrepreneurs and scientists in 15 disciplines. Of those listed, three are members of the Electrical Engineering community.
Tracy Chou, 26
Software engineer, Pinterest
Chou is a rising-star software engineer working on a mix of product, platform and infrastructure at Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Chou turned down an offer from Facebook to become the second engineer hired at Quora. She interned at both Facebook and Google and was a Mayfield Fellow at Stanford. She holds a BS in electrical engineering and an MS in computer science from Stanford.
Adam de la Zerda, 29
Assistant Professor, Departments of Structural Biology and (by courtesy) of Electrical Engineering, School of Medicine, Stanford
Here’s a crazy idea: Use sound waves to image the body at the molecular level. De la Zerda, who may be the youngest faculty member at the School of Medicine at Stanford, is making it work, using the technology to take pictures of brain tumors, blood and living mice. His early efforts led to a startup, OcuBell, focused on eye disease.
Darren Hau, 20 (listed with Daniel Maren and Andrew Ponec)
Cofounders, Dragonfly Systems
Dragonfly Systems is working to make solar panel systems cheaper, more efficient and reliable. “We’ve completely redesigned an often-overlooked component, the junction box, in a way that streamlines installation and improves reliability while boosting power output,” says Maren. The trio, who have postponed completion of their bachelor’s degrees at Stanford, have gotten interest from the likes of SunPower and Altenergy, which are eager to try it out.
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