EE Admit News - September 2016


Important Dates 

September 15Deadline to opt out of Cardinal Care for domestic students
September 22-23EE New Student Orientation
September 26First day of classes/Deadline to enroll in 8-10 course units
October 14Deadline to add/drop classes
October 15Deadline to pay autumn quarter tuition & fees

Be sure to check out the Incoming Student Checklist below for important to-do items!

EE New Student Orientation: September 22-23

Who: All Incoming MS and PhD Students in EE
When: September 22 (8:00 AM-1:00 PM) & September 23 (8:30 AM-1:00 PM)
Where: Check in at Sequoia Plaza (outside Hewlett Building)


Overview of Academic Requirements: Our Degree Progress Officer will walk you through the degree requirements in separate MS and PhD sessions.

Scavenger Hunt: Test your speed and knowledge of Stanford's campus for a chance to win one of several prizes!

EE New Student Resource Fair: Come meet our student organizations as well as our campus partners in serving students, while enjoying free lunch and awesome giveaways!

Degree-Specific Panels: Both MS and PhD students will have the opportunity to hear from current students about their experience in the EE Department and Stanford.

Breakout Sessions: Both PhD and MS students can choose from faculty-led sessions based on your interest area. MS student focused sessions include BEAM and Computer Forum presentations.

Student-Faculty Lunch: Enjoy a hot lunch while mingling with current EE students and faculty during this final meal of orientation.

Meet Kai Zang, EE's Graduate Student Advisor

Want to talk with a current student about academics/life in EE? Our Graduate Student Advisor, Kai Zang, is happy to advise fellow EE students at any stage of their academic career.

"Early Bird" Office Hours for New Students:

Monday, September 19, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Wednesday, September 21, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Autumn Quarter Office Hours:


Office Location: David Packard Electrical Engineering Building, Room 110


More about Kai in his own words: I am currently an EE PhD student in Stanford after graduating from Peking University in my undergrad. I also work as graduate student advisors for EE department in Stanford. I am proud of being an engineer and would like to use technology to improve people's lives. Besides, my favorite sport is skiing, which is developed in my research groups. Feel free to email me if you need any help, or simply want to chat about your grad life, I would be happy to be a listener and share my thoughts.

Focus area and Year: Silicon Photonics, 6th year EE PhD
Hometown: Dongying, Shandong Province, China

You can also meet Kai at our EE New Student Resource Fair during Orientation on Friday, September 23 from noon-1:00 PM.

Meet EE's newest faculty, Prof. Mary Wooters

Research interests: Theoretical Computer Science, Coding Theory, Randomized Algorithms
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, jogging, and generally being outside.
Favorite food: Veggies!
Favorite thing about the Bay Area: Sunshine and avocados
Favorite thing about Stanford (so far): I'm excited to be joining an such a vibrant intellectual community with so many interesting people to talk to!  I'm already way over-committed and I'm so pumped about it.  
Piece of Advice for New Graduate Students: Always wear sunscreen.
Chat more with Prof. Wooters at the Student-Faculty Lunch during Orientation!


Stanford-Wide Orientation Programs for New Graduate Students

In addition to the EE departmental orientation, check out these other orientation events happening on campus during the week before classes start. Attending these events is a wonderful way to meet other graduate students outside of EE!

New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) | Hosted by the Graduate Life Office
International Graduate Student Orientation | Hosted by the Bechtel International Center


Autumn Career Fairs

It's never too early to begin thinking about the next step after graduate school! Whether you want to get a headstart on the summer internship search or just want to learn more about companies in the Bay Area, attending one of the Fall Career Fairs is an excellent opportunity to start your career search on the right foot. Mark your calendars, and be sure to check out the Career Development Center and the Computer Forum tables at EE New Student Orientation, where representatives will be present to provide an overview of their services and answer your questions.


Computer Forum Fall Career Fair
Wednesday, October 5
Lawn between Gates Computer Science and Packard Electrical Engineering buildings
11:00 AM-4:00 PM

BEAM (Formerly Career Development Center) Fall Career Fair
Tuesday, October 4
White Plaza
11:00 AM-4:00 PM

EE website summary


Be social! Be sure to like, join, and follow Stanford EE on your favorite social media channels. Our hashtag is #Stanford_EE.

EE Grad Orientation check-in

The Final Fun Contest!

Submit your answers to: (include "September Contest" in subject line). The first four submissions with correct answers will receive a prize. Previous winners are not eligible for prizes. Good luck!
1. What EE Faculty member was choosen as one of 60 new American Geophysical Union fellows? (Hint: He also signed your admission letter)
2. What is the next event on EE's calendar?
3. Which EE staff member do you contact if you have questions about teaching assistantships and course grader appointments?
4. What orientation event are you most excited for?

Congratulations to our August Contest Winners!

  • Burak Bartan, incoming EE-PhD
  • Kostis Kaffes, incoming EE-PhD
  • Sagar Honnungar, incoming EE-MS
  • Makai Mann, incoming EE-PhD

Incoming Student Checklist

 Upload a photo for your Stanford ID card. Your card will then be ready for you to pick up from the Student Services Center. We will not give out ID cards at orientation.

 Did you receive external scholarships or fellowships for your graduate studies at Stanford? Please remember that you must send a copy of the award letter outlining the terms of your award to You may be eligible to receive Stanford's health insurance subsidy if you are receiving outside funding.

 Domestic students: The last day to opt out of Cardinal Care for 2016-2017 is September 15. To ensure that you are protected by health insurance, all registered, full-time students are automatically enrolled in Cardinal Care at the beginning of each quarter. To waive this option, you must provide proof of coverage as outlined at

 Sign the Patent and Copyright Agreement on Axess prior to enrollment.

 Enroll in 8-10 units of classes, via Axess, by Monday, September 26, 5 PM PST. If you have an enrollment hold (e.g., international students on an F-1 visa), sign up for classes as soon as the hold is removed.

 If you do not have one already, set up a bank account when you arrive on campus. The Stanford Federal Credit Union and Wells Fargo are conveniently located on campus on the second floor of Tresidder Memorial Union, and a Bank of America branch is located close to campus at 395 Quarry Rd. All three banks have ATMs on campus.

 If you are receiving a fellowship or assistantship from Stanford, enroll in direct deposit to have stipend checks automatically deposited to your bank account.

 Verify/update your contact information in Axess and your StanfordWho directory listing.

 Check your "To-Do" list in Axess throughout the summer for any documents that are missing from your student record.

Gateway for New Graduate Students

For more resources to aid in your transition to Stanford, check out the VPGE's Gateway for New Graduate Students, a "one-stop shop" for any questions you may have as an incoming graduate student:

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