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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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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.
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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