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2018 REU Seminar Series, #5

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:00am
AllenX 101 Auditorium
Saara Khan, Ph.D. Hardware Engineer Facebook
Abstract / Description: 

Saara Khan earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford working on optical manipulation of dielectric particles under Professor Audrey Bowden and Olav Solgaard. She subsequently founded a sensors AI company targeted for self-driving cars, a venture-backed company developing advanced sensing platforms. After her startup, Saara now works as a Hardware Engineer at Facebook working on next generation Virtual Reality headsets. Saara also teaches the Creativity in Research Scholars Program at the Stanford Design School throughout the year to enable PhD students to push the boundaries of their research using design thinking. In this seminar, Saara will share her own experience moving from research to technology development to starting a company, and dive deep into any questions that people have.

The REU Seminar Series is an educational and developmental opportunity for REU participants. Attendance at the seminars is required for all REU interns. Speakers will discuss their research or work, provide educational and career advice, and share their knowledge with you. There will be a question and answer period at the end of each talk. Light refreshments are provided at each seminar. If you believe you may need accommodations during the seminar series, please contact us at or so that we may find a way to accommodate your needs.

Saara Khan, Ph.D. Hardware Engineer, Facebook