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November 2013 Francisco Javier Lopez-Martinez, Ernest Kurniawan, and Andrea Goldsmith

Globecom 2013 Communication Theory Symposium best paper award

Globecom 2013 awardStanford EE Postdoc Francisco Javier Lopez-Martinez, former EE postdoc Ernest Kurniawan and Andrea Goldsmith, the Stephen Harris Professor in the School of Engineering, recently received the Globecom 2013 Communication Theory Symposium best paper award.

They were recognized for their paper entitled, “Average Fade Duration for Amplify-and-Forward Relay Networks in Log-Normal Fading.” According to the Globecome awards committee chair, there is only one best paper for each of the 12 Globecom symposia in 2013, so their paper has high distinction.

November 2013 Andrea Goldsmith

2013 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award

EE Professor Andrea Goldsmith, the Stephen Harris Professor in the School of Engineering, along with former Stanford EE PhD student Syed Ali Jafar, former Stanford EE postdoc Ivana Maric, and Sudhir Srinivasa, recently received the 2013 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award for their paper "Breaking Spectrum Gridlock With Cognitive Radios: An Information Theoretic Perspective,” Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 97, No. 5, May 2009, pp. 894-914.

The award is presented at the IEEE's annual awards ceremony and is given to an outstanding tutorial paper published in any Communications Society publication in the previous five calendar years.

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November 2013

Stanford EE group featured on BBC World News Horizons

Adam and Ada PoonOn an episode of BBC World News Horizons focusing on ways engineering and medicine work together to tackle illness and disease, Stanford Electrical Engineering Professor Ada Poon and her team discuss their groundbreaking research in this area with reporter Adam Shaw.

The show, which aired Nov. 16-17, 2013 (GMT), featured Poon’s use of cell phone technology to develop a new generation of implanted robotic and medical devices. Her group’s revolutionary prototype device is powered and controlled by radio waves generated outside of the body, and the devices are small enough to move through a patient's bloodstream. They hope these miniature chips can eventually be directed to specific organs such as the heart, where they can measure and feedback accurate information on biological functions.

The episode, titled "Technobody," is currently available online at (Poon's group is featured in Part 3).

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Photo caption: BBC's Adam Shaw with Stanford EE Professor Ada Poon. Photo courtesy of BBC World News.


November 2013

Nanomanufacturing: Pushing the Boundaries of Scale, Speed and Learning

Nanotechnology is a relatively new field at the confluence of physics, science, and engineering, but its impact on our lives is astounding. From the phones and computers we use to the solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity, nanotechnology is pushing our understanding of what is possible.

Nanomanufacturing refers to the production of nano-scaled materials—meaning a billionth in size—and it is used in a multitude of electronics and other non-biological technologies. As the site of some of the most important technological advancements in the last few decades, Nanomanufacturing is a popular course in Stanford’s School of Engineering. This fall, EE292L: Nanomanufacturing was delivered for the second time as a flipped style course, engaging students with its Discovery-Channel-like video approach, guest lectures by Silicon Valley innovators and experts in the field, and thought-provoking in-classroom demonstrations using real products from current industries.

According to instructor Aneesh Nainani, a consulting assistant professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, the course offers an opportunity for students to explore the field of nanotechnology and “to see how developments at nano-scale are impacting the electronics they use in everyday life.”

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