EE125 Stories


Sketch of Professor Tom Cover (circa 1977) by then PhD candidate, Abbas El Gamal.


In Winter of 2008...

a classmate came to me (and two other girls who had started at Stanford that same year) and said one of his Stanford friends (who we knew) is throwing a BD party in Malibu over a weekend, and we should go. We told him we could not go because we had a midterm after that weekend for Tom Cover's information theory course. We told him we cannot just tell Tom we want to take the exam later because we are going to a party. He said tell him you want to take it earlier because you are going to a wedding, "my wedding" he added, jokingly.

We went to Tom with the new story, and he accepted. But there was something in the way he kept calling us the "the wedding girls" that told us he knew we didn't tell him the truth.


Now, some 12 years later, I'm married to that guy and we have two beautiful daughters, and one of the other girls is married to the "birthday boy" and they have a baby boy.

~A. Keshavarz, PhD '12



I loved the weekly guest seminar (can't recall course number, was it EE 401?). It was the Pantheon of computer Gods - each week. I can still hear Seymour Cray's voice proudly describing the Cray 2 (I think) I was sitting next to a young EE professor - John Hennessy. We compared notes on my computer - Ridge Computers and his computer (later became MIPS).

It appears from a brief web search that the pre-PC and pre-iPhone era has now been forgotten. Back in my day, one could invent a new computer architecture, hardware and software. There were no x86 clones and no Unix yet.

~ Edwin Basart, MS '79



1997 ISL Bay to Breakers centipede - faculty, staff & students pictured... recognize anyone?

group photo 1997 ISL Bay to Breakers centipede



Work hard and play hard – 
Having fun with EE colleagues! 

~ Rachel Pham


Stanford EE is Life-Changing

Stanford's EE Department has made a huge impact on me. First and foremost, Stanford is where I had the great fortune to meet my husband (my best friend, soulmate and fellow PhD student). Stanford is also where I discovered many wonderful things about my chosen field, about many other interests and about life; it inspired me to continually grow and strive. I am very thankful for the continued, long-lasting friendships with my amazing professors, other students and their spouses. Stanford EE continues to beneficially impact our family: our wonderful daughter, Iliana, graduated with her BSEE in 2017 and is currently pursuing her PhD, all in the Stanford EE Department. I am sure Stanford EE will continue to change many more lives.

Stanford EE is Life-Changing!

~Ireena, Ph.D. 1993; Brian Ph.D. 1993;  Iliana, BS '17, PhD Candidate



image of prof Shan Wang and grad student Richard Gaster

Shan Wang, professor of materials science and engineering and of electrical engineering, and graduate student Richard Gaster demonstrate nanosensing technology for cancer diagnostics. "Matrix-insensitive protein assays push the limits of biosensors in medicine" was published in Nature Medicine, 11 October 2009. (Courtesy of Andy Myers. Photo by Linda A. Cicero.)


I came to Stanford as a graduate student in 1966, left with my PhD, and returned on the faculty in 1971. I can remember driving (and parking!) on Lomita Drive in front of McCullough EE building. There's been much change over those years, but the fantastic, welcoming department I came to so long ago still has those qualities. Here's to the next 125 years! One last fun fact: Prof. Harry Rathbun, for whom the Rathbun Lecture series is named did his Stanford Masters degree in EE. Rathbun Lecturers have included Sandra Day O'Connor, George Shultz, the Dalai Lama, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While I only knew Harry late in his life, in the 1980's, he was a powerful, positive influence in my life.

           ~ Martin Hellman, MS '67, PhD '69 and Professor Emeritus


Jonathan Mak ('19), Eldrick Millares ('19), and Alec Preciado ('19) ponder the intricacies of Discrete Fourier Transform, hoping to decode all the mixed signals in their life.

                     ~ Jonathan Jia-An Mak, BS '19



~ 1983 EE Commencement ~


We're not always in Packard. [Viennese Ball, 2019]

image of students at formal event

          ~ Perry Alagappan, BS '19; Neal Patel, BS '19, MS '20; Vinh Quang Nguyen, BS '19; Sarah Woodward, MS '20; Andrea Ramirez, BS '19; Meera Radhakrishnan, BS '19, MS '20; Nidhi Manoj, CS BS '19 MS '20.



~ More 1983 EE Commencement ~

~ left to right: unknown, John Newkirk, Jim Plummer, Irene Kennedy nee Miller, Dick Swanson

Jason Ginsberg ('19), Jonathan Mak ('19), and Eldrick Millares ('19) mimic fully connected ensemble after finishing their CS231N Final Project, Grouped Unique Contextually-Classified Inpainting GAN (GUCCI GAN).

~ Jonathan Jia-An Mak, BS '19


"Lights of EE"

"Lights of EE" by Sina Semnani, PhD 2020

~ Sina Semnani, PhD 2022

image of Linda Banh, MS '19


Meeting all the amazing, smart, talented people in EE! Not only are people so kind here but there's an overwhelming sense of wanting to do good for the world and that feeling is very contagious and inspiring. I'm so grateful to be able to go to school here and to be able to work for my current lab, where we are innovating and improving the way doctors diagnosis cancer patients through biomedical data science and radiology-pathology fusion.

~ Linda Banh, MS '19 




Prof. Erwin Hahn (1921-2016; UC Berkeley) visiting the lab of Prof. Yoshihisa Yamamoto in the old Ginzton Lab building on 14 November 2009.

Hahn was the inventor of the "Hahn echo" in 1950, which was first realized with microwave pulses, and had recently been implemented in the Yamamoto Lab using ultrafast optical pulses, almost 60 years after Hahn's original discovery. 

~ Peter McMahon, M.S. '10, Ph.D. '14













       ~ Pin Pin Tea-mangkornpan, BS'15, PhD'21




1983, Professor Robert White, Chair of EE, maintaining order


image of EE125 Memory

It was a cold winter evening when I came upon this scene at Packard's second floor lobby. A group of fellow EE grad students were pouring vodka and invited me to join them. Even though I barely knew them, we had something important in common. We had just finished taking our quals and that called for celebration indeed!


            ~ Sadegh Ebrahimi, PhD 2019

Working as a summer REU intern with Daniel O' Shea, Darren Mei, and Hannah Leou.

Team marmoset all the way!

            ~ James N. Pillot IV, B.S. 2020

REU group 2018


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