- 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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The spark within: light-emitting bioprobe fits in a single cell
If engineers at Stanford have their way, biological research may soon be transformed by a new class of light-emitting probes small enough to be injected into individual cells without harm to the host. Welcome to biophotonics, a discipline at the confluence of engineering, biology and medicine in which light-based devices – lasers and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) – are opening up new avenues in the study and influence of living cells.
The team described their probe in a paper published online February 13 by the journal Nano Letters. It is the first study to demonstrate that sophisticated engineered light resonators can be inserted inside cells without damaging the cell. Even with a resonator embedded inside, a cell is able to function, migrate and reproduce as normal.
APPLICATIONS AND IMPLICATIONS
The researchers call their device a “nanobeam,” because it resembles a steel I-beam with a series of round holes etched through the center. These beams, however, are not massive, but measure only a few microns in length and just a few hundred nanometers in width and thickness. It looks a bit like a piece from an erector set of old. The holes through the beams act like a nanoscale hall of mirrors, focusing and amplifying light at the center of the beam in what are known as photonic cavities. These are the building blocks for nanoscale lasers and LEDs.
“Devices like the photonic cavities we have built are quite possibly the most diverse and customizable ingredients in photonics,” said the paper’s senior author, Jelena Vuckovic, a professor of electrical engineering. “Applications span from fundamental physics to nanolasers and biosensors that could have profound impact on biological research.”
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El Gamal Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Stanford University Department of Electrical Engineering Chairperson and Hitachi America Professor Abbas El Gamal was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions in information theory, information technology, and image sensors.
According to the NAE, "election to membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer." The NAE has more than 2,000 peer-elected members and foreign associates, senior professionals in business, academia, and government who are among the world’s most accomplished engineers. They provide the leadership and expertise for numerous projects focused on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life.
El Gamal's research contributions have spanned several areas, including network information theory, Field Programmable Gate Array, and digital imaging devices and systems. He has authored or coauthored over 200 papers and holds 30 patents in these areas. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE and has received several honors and awards for his research contributions, including the 2012 Claude E. Shannon Award and the 2004 INFOCOM Paper Award.
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January EE staff gift card program awardees announced
Due to a wonderful nomination response to the department’s new monthly Gift Card Bonus Program, six Electrical Engineering staff members have been recognized in January to receive a $50 gift card for their extraordinary efforts. The committee received 18 nominations, with a few staff receiving several nominations.
Following are the January awardees, in addition to some comments from their nominators:
Keith Gaul, Instructional Labs Manager:
“Keith’s demeanor can be described as quiet competence.”
“He accomplishes his job so smoothly that one never hears about the difficulties it entails.”
“He is always so generous sharing his time.”
“He helps us when the professor needs something ordered yesterday, when the students burn out their last chip, or when something goes wonky with equipment.”
John DeSilva, Systems and Network Manager:
“John has always been willing and ready to help with ANY IT issue.”
“I ask him for his help, and he comes that same day!”
“John is a man of few words and big actions.”
“He handles crisis calmly.”
“I’ve lost count of how many times I have asked his help and he is very fast in replying to me and members of my research group and always offers helpful advice.”
Tharman Patton, Shipping and Receiving:
“This was the first time I met Tharman, but he made the experience very pleasant and was nice and happy throughout.”
Ashley Kim, Administrative Associate:
“She set up our conference rooms (in both Allen and AllenX) using Google calendar.”
Ann Guerra, Administrative Associate:
“Ann is always on top of everything.”
“She takes care of the details.”
“As a result of her effort, my life and those of many others is of much higher quality.”
Amy Duncan, Degree Progress Officer:
“Amy has been guiding me for the past 2 quarters towards the progress of my Masters degree.”
“I know that she works hard to contact students personally and remind them of their deadlines/submissions that is required for their graduation.”
“Amy responds to emails quickly and finds time to speak with students.”
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. Two people will be recognized in February, and nominations from January 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.
Prof. Nick McKeown Appointed as the third holder of the Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital Professorship in Sch of Eng
Prof. Nick McKeown
Appointed as the third holder of the Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital Professorship in the School of Engineering
Nick McKeown has been appointed as the third holder of the Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital Professorship in the School of Engineering. This endowed chair was established in 1996 with an endowed gift from Tom Ford. It was the donor’s wish that the chair support faculty working in advanced technologies or methodologies with a preference for individuals who demonstrate an understanding of the value of interaction between the academy and the world of business.
Prof. McKeown is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Computer Science. He currently serves as director of the Clean Slate Internet Design Program. He received his B Eng degree from the University of Leeds in electrical and electronic engineering in 1986; he earned electrical engineering/computer science MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and 1995, respectively.