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July 2013 Sanjay Lall

O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award

The American Automatic Control Council recently recognized Sanjay Lall, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, with the 2013 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award.

Lall and his co-author Laurent Lessard received the award at the recent American Control Conference for their paper titled, "Optimal Controller Synthesis for the Decentralized Two-Player Problem with Output Feedback."

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July 2013 John Cioffi

IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award

Hitachi America Professor of Engineering Emeritus John Cioffi was recently named the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award for inspirational teaching of graduate students in the IEEE fields of interest, with the following citation:

“For educating a stellar array of graduate students in digital communications and for inspiring them to make a difference.”

For nearly a century, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society and the engineering profession.

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July 2013

June Staff Gift Card Program Awardees Announced

Three staff members each received a $50 gift card in recognition of their extraordinary efforts as part of the department’s June Staff Gift Card Bonus Program. The Department received seven new nominations in June.

Following are this month’s Gift Card recipients and some of the comments from their nominators:

Mackenzie Mazariegos, Life Science Research Assistant

  • Mackenzie goes above and beyond caring for our animals that are the heart of our scientific and prosthetics programs.

  • She consistently puts the lab first, and helps it to shine and thrive in every way.

  • She spends all of her time in an area where there are no windows caring for animals and I know, from my conversations with her, that she loves them dearly.

Karin Sligar, Chair and Faculty Administrator

  • Karin is always willing to help and enthusiastic.

  • Whenever I may need assistance with any job, I can always count on Karin to give me a helping hand.

  • Karin is generous with her time and knowledge by teaching us “how it’s done” efficiently and correctly. She is patient and thorough and seems genuinely happy to be able to help.

Andrea Kuduk, Administrative Associate

  • She has an open door approach – even if she is working on something, she never gives you the impression you are bothering her.

  • She has been working on a very complicated project with many moving parts, and everything is going smoothly largely due to Andrea’s diligence, smarts and ability to deal with people.

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

June 2013 Robert Gray

2013 Stanford President's Award for Excellence Through Diversity

Robert GrayRobert M. Gray, an Electrical Engineering professor praised for "many years of leadership and advocacy for equity and diversity in engineering," recently received a 2013 President's Award for Excellence Through Diversity.




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