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EE Alumnus Mung Chiang wins NSF's Waterman Award
Mung Chiang, who earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at the Stanford School of Engineering, has been awarded this year's Alan T. Waterman Award, the National Science Foundation has announced.
This annual award honors outstanding researchers under the age of 35 in any field of science or engineering that NSF supports. It is the country’s highest award for scientists in that age group. Chiang's achievements will be recognized with a $1-million award, spread over five years, to help further his research.
Chiang develops methods for analyzing the often-complex interaction between layers of wireless networks. His work creates a principled picture of seemingly chaotic interactions and allows for systematic solutions to previously intractable problems.
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DiscoverEE Days Research Poster Session Winners
Thirty-one current Electrical Engineering graduate students recently presented their latest research posters at DiscoverEE Days – an annual welcome for newly admitted EE PhD students. Students from all EE research areas were invited to present, and the best poster in each area received a "best poster" award provided by the EE Student Life Committee. Posters were judged by a small group of EE faculty and staff based on four categories: research originality, importance and potential impact; content (explanation of concepts, results and insights); oral presentation; and visual quality.
Following are the poster winners and honorable mentions in each category. (For judging purposes, Energy/Environment and Photonics were combined into one group due to the number of poster submissions.):
Winner: Tahereh Marvdashti for “Stanford Biomedical Optics: Current Research”
Honorable Mention: Meredith Lee for “Ultra-Compact Diagnostics: Optical Biosensors for Label-Free Assays and Molecular Blood Monitoring”
Energy/Environment & Photonics/EM/Quantum:
Winner: Shuang Yin for “UltraFlow: A Dual-Mode Optical Access Network” (Photonics/EM/Quantum)
Honorable Mention: Yusi Chen for “Optical Absorption Enhancement in Freestanding GaAs Thin Film Nanopyramid Arrays” (Energy/Environment)
Winner: Milad Mohammadi for “Energy Efficient Supercomputing”
Honorable Mention: Nic McDonald for “Lightspeed Datacenter Networking”
Winner: Alexandros Manolakos for “Null Space Learning in MIMO Cooperative Cellular Networks Using Interference Level Feedback”
Honorable Mention: Chenguang Zhu for “Capri”
Integrated Electronics Systems Technology:
Winner: Kanupriya Bhardwaj for “Quadrature Clock Generation Methods Using Parametric Capacitance Modulation”
Honorable Mention: Minmin Hou for “Micro-Scale Gallium Nitride Soot Particulate Sensor for Clean Automobile Emission and High Fuel Efficiency”
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A high-resolution endoscope as thin as a human hair
Engineers at Stanford have demonstrated a high-resolution endoscope that is as thin as a human hair with a resolution four times better than previous devices of similar design. The so-called micro-endoscope is a significant step forward in high-resolution, minimally invasive bio-imaging with potential applications in research and clinical practice. Micro-endoscopy could enable new methods in diverse fields ranging from study of the brain to early cancer detection.
The new endoscope was developed by a team under the direction of Joseph Kahn, professor of electrical engineering at the Stanford School of Engineering. The results were published recently in the journal Optics Express and showcased in the Optical Society of America’s Spotlight on Optics.
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EE Lab Manager is SoE’s Staff Member of the Year
Keith Gaul, manager of instructional laboratories for Stanford’s Department of Electrical Engineering, was recently recognized as the 2013 Shah Award/Staff Member of the Year by the School of Engineering (SoE).
Gaul manages the facilities for the department’s teaching labs. There are at least eight classes per quarter that utilize a lab component, and he often goes above and beyond to ensure students are getting the most out of their learning environment. He has been working with the EE community since 1988, first as an electronics technician at the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS) (which later became the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF)). He transitioned to the department in 2000 as a network specialist and then began managing the teaching labs in 2003.
“This is a very well-deserved recognition of Keith’s great contributions to our department,” says EE Professor and Chair Abbas El Gamal.
One SoE staff member is recognized annually as Staff Member of the Year with the Shah Award. The recipient receives a cash award made possible by an endowment funded by the Haresh C. Shah family in 1995. Professor Shah is an emeritus professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and, during his tenure at Stanford, he truly appreciated the staff's work and dedication and understood the important role staff play in academic endeavors.
Gaul received this accolade during a recent awards ceremony, which also included recognition of SoE staff for their years of service in five-year increments. Congratulations to the 10 EE staff members recognized in 2013:
40 Years: Tharman Patton
35 Years: Fely Barrera
30 Years: Gail Chun-Creech
15 Years: Evelyn Castaneda, Greig Cameron Scott
5 Years: Adam Covington, Beverly Davis, Blanka Magyari-Kope, Teresa Nguyen, Guru Parulkar