EE Admit News - September 2017

Important Dates 

September 15Deadline to opt out of Cardinal Care for domestic students
September 21-22EE New Student Orientation
September 25First day of classes/Deadline to enroll in 8-10 course units
October 13Deadline to add/drop classes

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

EE New Student Orientation: September 21-22

Who: All Incoming MS and PhD Students in EE
When: September 21 (8:00 AM-1:00 PM) & September 22 (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.

Photo 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 Ali Sharafat, EE's Graduate Student Advisor

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

"Early Bird" Office Hours for New Students:

Monday, September 18, 9:00 AM-noon
Friday, September 22, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Autumn Quarter Office Hours: An email will be sent with the times

Office Location: David Packard Electrical Engineering Building, Room 110


More about Ali in his own words: My name is Ali and I’m a fourth year PhD student in the EE department. My current research focuses on diagnosis of breast cancer using pathology images and it mainly uses deep learning techniques. Besides research, I work as the Graduate Student Advisor. This involves helping you guys figure out your academic career as well as helping out the TAs and the teaching staff being more resourceful every day. Besides school work, I am keen on cooking and an avid fan of the farmers' market :).

Meet Ali at our EE New Student Resource Fair during Orientation on Friday, September 22 from noon-1:00 PM.

Meet EE's Newest Faculty

Professor Dorsa Sadigh

  • Research interests: Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Control Theory, Formal Methods 
  • Hobbies: Outdoorsy things, Cooking/Baking, Netflix 
  • Favorite food: Persian pizza
  • Favorite thing about the Bay Area: The view of the city when driving over the Bay Bridge.
  • Favorite thing about Stanford (so far): Unlike Berkeley, it is actually warm!
  • Piece of Advice for New Graduate Students: Work on a good problem, and feel free to define 'good'.

Professor Priyanka Raina

  • Research interests: Designing energy-efficient and high-performance circuits and systems for enabling complex computational photography, computer vision and machine learning based applications on mobile and wearable devices. 
  • Hobbies: Photography and visual design.
  • Favorite food: Rogan josh. 
  • Favorite thing about the Bay Area: Amazing Indian food. 
  • Favorite thing about Stanford (so far): The green open spaces. 
  • Piece of Advice for New Graduate Students: Keep your mind open to new possibilities, talk to many people and take risks.


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!


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.


BEAM (Formerly Career Development Center) Fall Career Fair
Tuesday, October 3
White Plaza
11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Computer Forum Fall Career Fair
Wednesday, October 11
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
11:00 AM-4:00 PM

PhD Career Fair 2017
Wednesday, November 8
Lawn in between the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Buildings
2:00 PM-6:00 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 three submissions with correct answers will receive a prize. Previous winners are not eligible for prizes. Good luck!
1. What EE Emeritus faculty will be given the Marconi Society's Lifetime Achivement Award for their many contibutions to information and system science?
2. What is the next event on EE's calendar?
3. Which EE staff member do you contact if you have questions about degree progress?
4. What orientation event are you most excited for?

Congratulations to our August Contest Winners!

  • Ayush Gupta, incoming EE-MS
  • Sophia Chen, incoming EE-MS
  • Linda Banh, incoming EE-MS
  • Levi Pinheiro Oliver, incoming EE-MS

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 2017-2018 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 25, 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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