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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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Researchers Reveal More About How Our Brains Control Our Arms
How do the neurons in the brain control planned versus unplanned arm movements? Krishna Shenoy , a Stanford professor of electrical engineering, neurobiology (by courtesy) and bioengineering (affiliate), wanted to answer that question as part of his group’s ongoing efforts to develop and improve brain-controlled prosthetic devices.
In a paper published today in the journal Neuron, Shenoy and first author Katherine Cora Ames, a doctoral student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program, present a mathematical analysis of the brain activity of monkeys as they make anticipated and unanticipated reaching motions.
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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).
For a related story, visit http://engineering.stanford.edu.
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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