- 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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Numerical Technologies Founders Prize, Top EE Qualifying Exam Performer
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.
Stanford adds walkers, bikers to traffic incentive-based study
A year-old Stanford University program to reduce rush-hour traffic in the area by rewarding its off-peak drivers with cash prizes is working well, so the university is expanding the study to compensate faculty and staff who walk or bike to work.
That last component, called "Walk 'N Talk," is a wellness effort unrelated to traffic congestion, but expansion of the original project to bikers and pedestrians enabled the crediting of walking meetings.
"Capri" (Congestion and Parking Relief Incentives) verifies drivers arriving during off-peak hours by using scanners installed at campus entry points. To credit participants who bike or walk at least a mile to campus on weekdays, the research team of investigator Balaji Prabhakar developed a smart phone application that relies on GPS. The system verifies only the distance traveled and that the trip starts or ends on campus, based on the user hitting a start/stop button.
"I'm a big fan of what Capri has done so far in reducing traffic congestion," said Stanford Provost John Etchemendy.
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April staff gift card program awardees announced
Two staff members each received a $50 gift card in recognition of their extraordinary efforts as part of the department’s April Staff Gift Card Bonus Program.
Following are this month’s Gift Card recipients and some of the comments from their nominators:
Yurika Peterman, Ginzton Lab Administrative Associate
“She is extremely generous with helping me when I have questions.”
“I’ve seen her go above and beyond – goes well above her duties to make classes run smoothly.”
“She’s pleasant and happy!”
Joe Little, EE Principal Systems Architect
“He is always prompt to respond to any requests that we have.”
“He ensures that someone else on his team can step in to help out when he’s not available."
“He provided some good cost-effective advice when it comes to setting up the IT infrastructure in our office.”
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.
Fulbright U.S. Student award for 2013-14 to Nepal
Stanford Electrical Engineering Senior Maneeshika Madduri is a Fulbright U.S. Student Program recipient for 2013-14 to Nepal. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. A candidate submits a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.
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