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May EE Staff Gift Card Bonus Program Awardees
Two staff members each received a $50 gift card in recognition of their extraordinary efforts as part of the department’s May Staff Gift Card Bonus Program. The Department received nine new nominations in May.
Following are this month’s Gift Card recipients and some of the comments from their nominators:
Kenny Green, Facilities and Health & Safety Manager
Kenny is superb with customer service.
I’ve never known him to delay getting something serviced.
He is level headed and always polite.
Siejen Yin-Stevenson, US-Asia Technology Management Center Assistant Director
Siejen has made a concerted effort (unsolicited) to partner with student services on a number of different student events and opportunities.
She has gone above and beyond in helping to recruit potential candidates to teach EE courses overseas in the BOSP Kyoto program.
She takes every opportunity to get involved in EE staff events, even though her office is not physically on campus.
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 next month, 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.
Three EE seniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa honor society
Three graduating Electrical Engineering seniors - Madison White, Kristina Bohl and Arun Prasad - were recently inducted into Stanford's Phi Beta Kappa honors society.
Phi Beta Kappa is a nationwide society honoring students for the excellence and breadth of their undergraduate scholarly accomplishments. Membership in the Stanford Chapter (Beta of California) is open to undergraduates of all majors. To be elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Stanford, a student must achieve academic distinction in the major as well as in courses across a broad range of fields.
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New Stanford Nanoscavengers Could Usher in Next Generation Water Purification
Among its many talents, silver is an antibiotic. Titanium dioxide is known to glom on to certain heavy metals and pollutants. Other materials do the same for salt. In recent years, environmental engineers have sought to disinfect, depollute, and desalinate contaminated water using nanoscale particles of these active materials. Engineers call them nanoscavengers. The hitch from a technical standpoint is that it is nearly impossible to reclaim the nanoscavengers once in the water.
In a paper published online May 14 in the journal Nature Communications, an interdisciplinary team of engineers at Stanford University announces it has developed a new type of nanoscavenger with a synthetic core that is ultraresponsive to magnetism, allowing the easy and efficient recovery of virtually every one of the nanoscale purifiers.
“In contaminated water, nanoscavengers float around, randomly bumping into and killing bacteria or attaching themselves to the molecular pollutants they are after,” said Shan Wang, the study’s senior author and a professor of material science and engineering and jointly of electrical engineering. “When the contaminants are either stuck to the nanoscavenger or dead, the magnet is turned on and the particles vanish.”
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Stanford physicists develop revolutionary low-power polariton laser
Lasers are an unseen backbone of modern society. They're integral to technologies ranging from high-speed Internet services to Blu-ray players.
The physics powering lasers, however, has remained relatively unchanged through 50 years of use. Now, an international research team led by Stanford's Yoshihisa Yamamoto, a professor of electrical engineering and of applied physics, has demonstrated a revolutionary electrically driven polariton laser that could significantly improve the efficiency of lasers.
The system makes use of the unique physical properties of bosons, subatomic particles that scientists have attempted to incorporate into lasers for decades.
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