Award

August 2016

The Precourt Institute for Energy and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford have awarded 15 seed grants to clean energy research projects.

The seed-grant program funds innovative research proposals that have the potential for high impact on energy supply and use. The 2016 awards total $2.7 million, and have been awarded to 15 projects at Stanford and SLAC. "I'm especially pleased that this year's recipients reflect the broad diversity of energy research across campus, including the schools of engineering, law, business and medicine, as well as the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory," stated Precourt Institute for Energy co-director and professor of mechanical engineering Arun Majundar.

Three projects lead or co-lead by EE faculty received grants.

  • A modular multi-level photovoltaic converter:This project aims to minimize cost and power losses in transformers for grid-scale solar installations by developing new technology for the efficient conversion of direct current to alternating current. PI: William Dally, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science.
  • Building the power electronics cell: Researchers will design a high power-density, bidirectional AC-DC converter cell that can be combined into a charger-inverter pack that generates enough energy to power an electric vehicle. PI: Juan Rivas-Davila, Electrical Engineering.
  • Novel fabrication of light-emitting diodes (LEDs): This project seeks to reduce the cost of manufacturing high-efficiency LEDs for industry and consumers. PIs: Bruce Clemens, Materials Science and Engineering, and James Harris, Electrical Engineering.

Read the full article from the Stanford Report

This article is adapted from the Stanford Report.

Outstanding EE staff, August '16
August 2016

Join us in congratulating the efforts of three extraordinary staff. Each month, the Staff Gift Card program acknowledges staff for their professional contributions that are above and beyond their everyday roles. Because they are nominated by peers, students, and faculty – we encourage you to nominate individuals or groups that have made a profound improvement in your daily work life. Each recipient receives a $50 Visa card, and sincere recognition for their commitment.

Congratulations to the awardees listed below. Excerpts from their nominations follow.

Vickie Carillo, Administrative Associate

  • "Vickie helps plans staff events, assists department visitors, and fields a variety of questions."
  • "She goes above and beyond, humbly helping to keep our department running smoothly every day."

Meo Kittiwanich, Degree Progress Officer

  • "Meo seamlessly maintained, then transitioned student services functions to a new staff member, all while taking on a new role herself."
  • "She is supportive and detail-oriented. Holding a high standard for herself, she is always prepared and organized."

Kelly Yilmaz, Program Manager

  • "Kelly is organized, resourceful and dependable."
  • "She is the go-to person for industry visitors, and others. Kelly is always able to find a creative solution if there is an issue."

The Staff Gift Card Bonus Program is sponsored by the School of Engineering. Each year, the EE department receives several gift cards to distribute to staff members who are recognized for going above and beyond their role. Each month, staff are chosen from nominations received from faculty, students, and staff. Past nominations are eligible for future months. Nominate a deserving staff person today!

August 2016

Howard Zebker has been chosen as one of 60 new fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He will be honored at the AGU's upcoming fall meeting in San Francisco.

Since 1962, the AGU has elected outstanding members as Union Fellows. This special honor recognizes scientific eminence in the Earth and space sciences. It acknowledges fellows for their remarkable contributions to their research fields, exceptional knowledge and visionary leadership. Only 0.1 percent of AGU membership receives this recognition in any given year.

Zebker, who earned a PhD from Stanford, is professor of electrical engineering and of geophysics and is an affiliate of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. His research focuses on developing space-borne radar systems and applying remote sensing data to problems in geophysics. His current emphasis is on interferometric radar for natural hazards, water resources and global environmental problems. He is also active in planetary science. Read the American Geophysical Union (AGU) press release.

Howard's research consists of developing spaceborne radar systems and applying remote sensing data to problems in geophysics. His current emphasis is on interferometric radar for natural hazards, water resources, and global environmental problems. He is also active in planetary science, in particular research supporting the NASA Cassini mission to Saturn and Titan.

Professor Zebker's courses include:

 

Source: Stanford Report, August 2, 2016

July 2016

Join us in congratulating the extraordinary work of our staff. Four EE staff members are recognized for their professional contributions above and beyond their everyday roles.

Each month, the Staff Gift Card program acknowledges staff – who have been nominated by peers, students, and faculty – for their professional contributions that are above and beyond their everyday roles. We encourage you to nominate individuals or groups that have made a profound improvement in daily work life. Each recipient receives a $50 Visa card.

Please congratulate your colleagues! The four July winners are listed below, with excerpts from their nominations.

Ann Guerra, Administrative Associate
• Ann is always very precise and thorough. She is great to work with!
• Her calm professionalism is appreciated.

Teresa Nguyen, Student Accounting Associate
• Teresa is always willing to help! She provides information right away, is very efficient, friendly and knowledgeable.
• She helped troubleshoot an issue, going above and beyond all expectations to correct it – all the while with great patience.

Charlie Orgish, Technical Manager
• Charlie is consistently creative, and committed to serving the research mission of EE and the university.
• Through his firm belief and example each and every day, he embodies the heart and soul of EE IT.

Karin Sligar, SystemX Alliance Programs and Administration Manager
• Karin has elevated SystemX, exceeding expectations, and adding value to our affiliates and the university.
• Her organization helps us achieve program goals, and identify opportunities for new initiatives.

The Staff Gift Card Bonus Program is sponsored by the School of Engineering. Each year, the EE department receives several gift cards to distribute to staff members who are recognized for going above and beyond their role. Each month, staff are chosen from nominations received from faculty, students, and staff. Past nominations are eligible for future months. Nominate a deserving staff person today!

June 2016

Join us in congratulating the efforts of five extraordinary staff. Each month, the Staff Gift Card program acknowledges staff – who have been nominated by peers, students, and faculty – for their professional contributions that are above and beyond their everyday roles. We encourage you to nominate individuals or groups that have made a profound improvement in daily work life. Each recipient receives a $50 Visa card.

 

Please make time to congratulate the awardees listed below, with excerpts from their nominations.

 

Doug Chaffee, ISL Faculty Administrator

  • Doug goes above and beyond in everything he does.
  • He is dependable, resourceful, and plans with foresight and detail.

Dr. Joyce Farrell, Senior Research Engineer

  • Dr. Farrell displays professionalism and determination in planning, executing, and piloting major events.
  • She balances both industry and academic needs, providing a collaborative, discoverable environment for each.

Marie Hamel, Faculty Administrator

  • Marie is constantly going above and beyond what is expected of her. She is a lovely person and makes it fun to work in the EE Department.
  • Her performance is outstanding; I'm grateful for her dedicated efforts and achievements on our affiliate programs.

Andrea Kuduk, Administrative Associate

  • Andrea is an enormously reliable resource. She has taken on a big administrative overload, and is just superb!
  • She is always willing to help – from assisting colleagues, to helping faculty with research activity.

Edwin Mendoza, Faculty and Staff Affairs Administrator

  • Edwin is a terrific team player! He is always courteous and interested in helping out for the greater good.
  • He makes an extra effort to resolve problems. His dedication and hard work is appreciated by each of his colleagues.

The Staff Gift Card Bonus Program is sponsored by the School of Engineering. Each year, the EE department receives several gift cards to distribute to staff members who are recognized for going above and beyond their role. Each month, staff are chosen from nominations received from faculty, students, and staff. Past nominations are eligible for future months. Nominate a deserving staff person today!

June 2016

Amin Arbabian was awarded the Tau Beta Pi Undergraduate Teaching Award. Charles Guan (EE BS '16) and Vikram Prasad (EE BS '16) presented Amin with the award during the EE commencement ceremony, June 12, 2016.

Professor Arbabian "combines stellar research with an intuition-driven method of teaching, embedding real-life applications and contemporary thought into our education," stated Vikram Prasad.

Co-presenter, Charles Guan added, "At every level, he has been fully invested in us and our learning. His passion for teaching is apparent in every class and in the way he makes time for students outside the classroom."

  

Congratulations to Amin and to the 2016 graduates!

 

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June 2016

Audrey Bowden has been selected to win one of two 2016 Stanford Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Awards.

The Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize recognizes not only excellence in teaching but also the ability to inspire personal and intellectual development beyond the classroom. This may include, but is not limited to, encouraging critical and analytical thinking, taking an active interest in students as individuals, and influencing the way students think about the world.

Every year, members of Phi Beta Kappa present an award to an outstanding member of the faculty. Nominations are accepted from members of the senior class. The winner is then selected by a committee of previous award winners and Phi Beta Kappa Council members.

Audrey was presented with the award at the Phi Beta Kappa Graduation Ceremony at the Bing Concert Hall on Friday, June 10th. She was also acknowledged at the Electrical Engineering Commencement on Sunday, June 12.

 

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June 2016

Stephen P. Boyd was honored "for his signature course, Convex Optimization, which attracts more than 300 Stanford students each year, is taught at more than 100 universities and, over the past 20 years has had a profound influence on how researchers and engineers think about convex models to solve problems."

He was commended "for revolutionizing the way mathematical optimization is taught and applied in engineering and the social and natural sciences worldwide," and "for his new course on linear algebra for freshmen and sophomores – anticipated to become a cornerstone in undergraduate engineering mathematics."

Stephen will receive his award on Sunday, June 12, 2016 during the 125th Commencement ceremony.

The Gores Award is the University's highest award for excellence in teaching. The Walter J. Gores Awards recognize undergraduate and graduate teaching excellence. As the University's highest award for teaching, the Gores Award celebrates achievement in educational activities that include lecturing, tutoring, advising, and discussion leading.

 

Excerpts from the Stanford News. Read full article.

June 2016

Andrea Montanari has been selected to receive the 2016 IEEE Information Theory Society James L. Massey Research & Teaching Award for Young Scholars

Andrea's research focuses on developing efficient algorithms to make sense of large amounts of noisy data, extract information from observations, and estimate signals from measurements. This effort spans several disciplines including statistics, computer science, information theory, machine learning. He is also working on applications of these techniques to healthcare data analytics.

2016 marks the second year of the James L. Massey Research & Teaching Award for Young Scholars. The award is named in honor of James L. Massey, who was an internationally acclaimed pioneer in digital communications and a revered teacher and mentor to an entire generation of communications engineers. He was one of the outstanding researchers and leaders of the IEEE Information Theory Society over a period of 50 years. This award recognizes "outstanding achievement in research and teaching by young scholars in the Information Theory community."

 

Congratulations Andrea!
Read his EE SPOTLIGHT article.

 

June 2016

Kartik Venkat (PhD '15) has won the 2016 Thomas M. Cover Dissertation Award. The title of his thesis is "Relations Between Information and Estimation: A Unified View."

The Thomas M. Cover Award was established by the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2013. It is awarded annually to the author of an outstanding doctoral dissertation contributing to the mathematical foundations of any of the information sciences within the purview of the Society. Including, but not limited to, Shannon theory, source and channel encoding theory, data compression, learning theory, quantum information theory and computing, complexity theory, and applications of information theory in probability and statistics.

Kartik completed his PhD December 2015. In 2015, he also received the Marconi Young Scholars Award, at which time he planned to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities to apply his work to real world problems, taking "deep ideas in research and using them to transform the way an industry is viewed."

 

Congratulations to Kartik!

Read Kartik's EE Spotlight article

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