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New Type of Solar Structure Cools Buildings in Full Sunlight
Homes and buildings chilled without air conditioners. Car interiors that don't heat up in the summer sun. Tapping the frigid expanses of outer space to cool the planet. Science fiction, you say? Well, maybe not any more.
A team of researchers at Stanford has designed an entirely new form of cooling structure that cools even when the sun is shining. Such a structure could vastly improve the daylight cooling of buildings, cars and other structures by reflecting sunlight back into the chilly vacuum of space. Their paper describing the device was published March 5 in Nano Letters.
“People usually see space as a source of heat from the sun, but away from the sun outer space is really a cold, cold place,” explained Shanhui Fan, professor of electrical engineering and the paper’s senior author. “We’ve developed a new type of structure that reflects the vast majority of sunlight, while at the same time it sends heat into that coldness, which cools manmade structures even in the day time.”
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2012 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students
This award was founded by the Chinese government in 2003 with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. Only those with outstanding performance in their PhD studies will be considered by the award selection panel and no more than 500 young talents will be granted the award each year all over the world.
Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Award
Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Benjamin Tee recently won the prestigious Graduate Student Gold Award at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring conference in San Francisco. MRS graduate student awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research.
March EE staff gift card program awardees announced
Two Electrical Engineering staff members each received a $50 gift card in recognition of their extraordinary efforts as part of the department’s March Staff Gift Card Bonus Program. The committee received 15 new nominations in February, which were added to the pool of 18 still eligible from February.
Following are this month’s Gift Card recipients and some of the comments from their nominators:
“In my entire faculty career, I have never encountered a faculty support staff who is as enthusiastic, helpful and resourceful as Pat.”
“She made me feel welcome and made my integration to the research group such a breeze.”
“You can count on her to “get it done” when asked, without having to check up on progress.”
“Meo has been a continuous help in managing the listing of EE204/204S, and inventing creative solutions to administrating a large wait list using a “tokens” system that assures fair and timely enrollment of wait listed students.”
“Her accessibility and service orientation are excellent.”
“She replied to all my emails very promptly and didn’t show any signs of impatience due to my frequent emails and visits.”
The School of Engineering recently 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 nominations from the last few months 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.