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May 2013 Maneeshika Madduri

Fulbright U.S. Student award for 2013-14 to Nepal

Stanford Electrical Engineering Senior Maneeshika Madduri is a Fulbright U.S. Student Program recipient for 2013-14 to Nepal. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. A candidate submits a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.

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April 2013

New Type of Solar Structure Cools Buildings in Full Sunlight

Homes and buildings chilled without air conditioners. Car interiors that don't heat up in the summer sun. Tapping the frigid expanses of outer space to cool the planet. Science fiction, you say? Well, maybe not any more.

A team of researchers at Stanford has designed an entirely new form of cooling structure that cools even when the sun is shining. Such a structure could vastly improve the daylight cooling of buildings, cars and other structures by reflecting sunlight back into the chilly vacuum of space. Their paper describing the device was published March 5 in Nano Letters.

“People usually see space as a source of heat from the sun, but away from the sun outer space is really a cold, cold place,” explained Shanhui Fan, professor of electrical engineering and the paper’s senior author. “We’ve developed a new type of structure that reflects the vast majority of sunlight, while at the same time it sends heat into that coldness, which cools manmade structures even in the day time.”

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April 2013 Ze Yuan and Shimeng Yu

2012 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students

Two Electrical Engineering PhD students, Ze Yuan and Shimeng Yu, recently received the
2012 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad from the China Scholarship Council.

This award was founded by the Chinese government in 2003 with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. Only those with outstanding performance in their PhD studies will be considered by the award selection panel and no more than 500 young talents will be granted the award each year all over the world.

April 2013 Benjamin Chee Keong Tee

Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Award

Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Benjamin Tee recently won the prestigious Graduate Student Gold Award at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring conference in San Francisco. MRS graduate student awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research.