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EE Lab Manager is SoE’s Staff Member of the Year
Keith Gaul, manager of instructional laboratories for Stanford’s Department of Electrical Engineering, was recently recognized as the 2013 Shah Award/Staff Member of the Year by the School of Engineering (SoE).
Gaul manages the facilities for the department’s teaching labs. There are at least eight classes per quarter that utilize a lab component, and he often goes above and beyond to ensure students are getting the most out of their learning environment. He has been working with the EE community since 1988, first as an electronics technician at the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS) (which later became the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF)). He transitioned to the department in 2000 as a network specialist and then began managing the teaching labs in 2003.
“This is a very well-deserved recognition of Keith’s great contributions to our department,” says EE Professor and Chair Abbas El Gamal.
One SoE staff member is recognized annually as Staff Member of the Year with the Shah Award. The recipient receives a cash award made possible by an endowment funded by the Haresh C. Shah family in 1995. Professor Shah is an emeritus professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and, during his tenure at Stanford, he truly appreciated the staff's work and dedication and understood the important role staff play in academic endeavors.
Gaul received this accolade during a recent awards ceremony, which also included recognition of SoE staff for their years of service in five-year increments. Congratulations to the 10 EE staff members recognized in 2013:
40 Years: Tharman Patton
35 Years: Fely Barrera
30 Years: Gail Chun-Creech
15 Years: Evelyn Castaneda, Greig Cameron Scott
5 Years: Adam Covington, Beverly Davis, Blanka Magyari-Kope, Teresa Nguyen, Guru Parulkar
Annual Kailath Lecture featured Elwyn Berlekamp
On Friday, April 5, 2013, Elwyn Berlekamp¸ Professor of Mathematics and of EECS, UC Berkeley, delivered this year’s Kailath Lecture. Berlekamp, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, is well known for his work in information theory and combinatorial game theory and various entrepreneurial ventures.
The Annual Kailath Lecture and Colloquium Series was endowed in 2005 by a group of Kailath's former students and associates to honor him on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Its aim is to foster greater awareness of the power of the mathematics-based disciplines of information theory, communications, computation, control and signal processing to address challenging problems in engineering and, increasingly, the physical, biological and social sciences.
The Colloquium speakers this year were Sergio Verdu, Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton, speaking on Converses in Information Theory; and Helmut Bölcskei, Professor of Electrical Engineering at ETH, Zurich, speaking on Compressive System Identification.
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February EE staff gift card program awardees announced
Four Electrical Engineering staff members each received a $50 gift card in recognition of their extraordinary efforts as part of the department’s February Staff Gift Card Bonus Program. The committee received 8 new nominations in February, which were added to the pool of 12 still eligible from January.
Following are the February awardees, in addition to some comments from their nominators:
· “Vickie is always willing to help, no matter what the situation.”
· “Despite the constant interruptions throughout her day, she is always pleasant and helpful.”
· “Vickie is ALWAYS and RELIABLY ready to help – and CHEERFULLY.”
· “And, her coffee is great, too!”
· “I asked Kelly for help and she immediately stepped in to make the needed changes and additions.”
· “Not only did she give a number of hours of her time, she came up with ideas on how to make it even better and trained me for the future.”
· “Exceptional effort on short notice to help me with a funding situation”
· “She was both extremely kind and willing to make time for me even on short notice.”
· “He always drops what he is doing and comes to my office.”
· “He provides quiet but excellent customer service by ensuring that my many visitors are wirelessly connected.”
· “He takes the time to write things out for me.”
The School of Engineering recently gave the EE department several gift cards to distribute to staff members who are recognized for going above and beyond. More people will be recognized in March, and nominations from the last few months will still be eligible for future months. EE faculty, staff and students are welcome to nominate a deserving staff person by visiting https://gradapps.stanford.edu/NotableStaff/nomination/create.
2013-2014 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship
The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. These include: computer science and engineering (including cyber security and cloud computing), electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics), mathematical sciences (including analytics of massive scale data with uncertainty, operations research, and optimization), public sector and business sciences (including urban policy and analytics, social technologies, learning systems and natural language understanding), and service science, management, and engineering (SSME). Additionally, IBM pays special attention to an array of focus areas. For details on the focus areas, see frequently asked questions.
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