Undergraduate

Radio Club meeting: Talk on cracking the Enigma Machine, featuring a real, working machine from WWII

Topic: 
Talk on cracking the Enigma Machine, featuring a real, working machine from WWII!
Abstract / Description: 

The Enigma machine was a cunning invention and major advance in cipher technology, which gave the Germans confidence in the secrecy of their messages during World War II. This was a reasonable confidence but proved to be wrong and eventually fatal. The story of the Allies conquering the overwhelming odds against breaking the Nazi code is a story of ingenuity and intrigue. Alan Turing led the Allies efforts to break the Enigma, which significantly shortened the war and ushered in the age of computers.

The success of cracking the Enigma was kept secret for 29 years after the end of WW2, despite 15,000 people working on the effort. This secrecy is especially incredible for us living in the age of the internet, WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden. Over 35,000 Enigma machines were
manufactured, but only 350 are known to exist today. You will see one of these rare machines and have a chance to type in your own secret messages.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Packard 202

EE Distinguished Lecture: Lars Blackmore, SpaceX

Topic: 
Landing SpaceX's Reusable Rockets
Abstract / Description: 

SpaceX's reusable rocket program aims to reduce the cost of space travel by making rockets that can land, refuel and refly, instead of being thrown away after every flight. Autonomous precision landing of a rocket is a unique problem, which has been likened to balancing a rubber broomstick on your hand in a windstorm. Rockets do not have wings (unlike airplanes) and they cannot rely on a high ballistic coefficient to fly in a straight line (unlike missiles). In the past two years, SpaceX has successfully landed nineteen rockets, some of which were on dry land at Cape Canaveral, and some of which were on floating platforms in the ocean. This talk will discuss the challenges involved, how these challenges were overcome, and next steps towards rapid reusability.

Date and Time: 
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 3:30pm
Venue: 
NEW LOCATION: 420-040, Jordan Hall

IEEE-EDS Distinguished Lecture: 2D Electronics – Opportunities and Challenges

Topic: 
2D Electronics – Opportunities and Challenges
Abstract / Description: 

During the past decade, 2D (two-dimensional) materials have attracted enormous attention from various scientific communities ranging from chemists and physicists to material scientists and device engineers. The rise of the 2D materials began in 2004 with the work on graphene done at Manchester University and Georgia Tech. Particularly the observed high carrier mobilities raised early expectations that graphene could be a perfect electronic material. It soon became clear, however, that due its zero bandgap graphene is not suitable for most electronic devices, in particular transistors. On the other hand, researchers have extended their work to 2D materials beyond graphene and the number of 2D materials under investigation is continuously rising. Many of them possess sizeable bandgaps and therefore are considered to be useful for transistors. Indeed, the progress in the field of 2D transistors has been rapid and experimental MOSFETs using semiconducting 2D channel materials have been reported by many groups. A recent achievement was the demonstration of a well-performing 1-nm gate MoS2 MOSFET in 2016. On the other hand, and in spite of the progress in the field, the debate on the real prospects of the 2D materials for future electronics is still controversial.

In the present lecture, the most important classes of 2D materials are introduced and the potential of 2D transistors is assessed as realistically as possible. To this end, two material properties – bandgap and mobility – are examined in detail and the mobility-bandgap tradeoff is discussed. The state of the art of 2D transistors is reviewed by summarizing relevant results of leading groups in the field, presenting examples of the lecturer's own work on 2D electronics, and comparing the performance of 2D transistors to that of competing conventional transistors. Based on these considerations, a balanced view of both the pros and cons of 2D transistors is provided and their potential in both the More Moore (digital CMOS) and the More Than Moore domains of semiconductor electronics is discussed. It is shown that due to the rather conservative CMOS scaling scenario of the 2015 ITRS (compared to the more aggressive scenarios of the previous ITRS editions) it will be difficult for 2D materials to make inroads into mainstream CMOS. However, due to their specific properties (for example, 2D materials are bendable and stretchable) they may enable entirely new applications in the More Than Moore domain.

Date and Time: 
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Packard 101

lab64 workshop: Circuits, Devices, and Debugging!

Topic: 
Circuits, Devices, and Debugging!
Abstract / Description: 

Come learn about circuits and devices from Ron Quan! Ron is an expert in many things, including analog circuits, audio and video applications, and RF circuits.

 

WHAT IS lab64? We're a community-oriented makerspace designed to give students a free place to work on electronics projects outside the realm of traditional research labs. Our workshops, assistants, and tools are here to support a variety of project and skill levels. Everyone is welcome!

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:15pm
Venue: 
Packard 064

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REU Seminar; REU Event

2018 REU Seminar Final Presentation Day

Topic: 
Final Presentations by REU participants
Abstract / Description: 

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 reu@ee.stanford.edu or reu2018@ee.stanford.edu so that we may find a way to accommodate your needs.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:00pm
Venue: 
AllenX 101 Auditorium; Packard Atrium

2018 REU Mentor, Advisor & Researcher Social

Topic: 
Social Mixer for students researchers, advisors, and mentors
Abstract / Description: 

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 reu@ee.stanford.edu or reu2018@ee.stanford.edu so that we may find a way to accommodate your needs.


 

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:30am
Venue: 
AllenX Patio

2018 REU Seminar Series, Graduate Panel

Topic: 
Graduate Panel
Abstract / Description: 

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 reu@ee.stanford.edu or reu2018@ee.stanford.edu so that we may find a way to accommodate your needs.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:00am
Venue: 
AllenX 101 Auditorium

2018 REU Seminar Series, #5

Topic: 
Research-to-Startup-to-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 reu@ee.stanford.edu or reu2018@ee.stanford.edu so that we may find a way to accommodate your needs.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:00am
Venue: 
AllenX 101 Auditorium

2018 REU Seminar Series, #4

Topic: 
Apple HW Technologies Careers
Abstract / Description: 

Apple designs industry-leading products including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV. In the heart of these devices are the Apple application processors designed by Apple's HW Technologies group.

In this talk we will give a brief history of the Apple application processors and how they have evolved over time. We will also highlight the HW Technologies careers at Apple that are contributing to the design and production of the Apple application processors. Apple's HW Technologies group is actively hiring and is interested in interviewing both current students and recent graduates.


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 reu@ee.stanford.edu or reu2018@ee.stanford.edu so that we may find a way to accommodate your needs.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:00am
Venue: 
AllenX 101 Auditorium

2018 REU Seminar Series, #3

Topic: 
The future of wireless and what it will enable
Abstract / Description: 

Wireless technology has enormous potential to change the way we live, work, and play over the next several decades. Future wireless networks will support 100 Gbps communication between people, devices, and the "Internet of Things," with high reliability and uniform coverage indoors and out. The shortage of spectrum to support such systems will be alleviated by advances in large antenna array technology and moving to higher frequency bands like millimeter wave. Wireless technology will also enable smart and energy-efficient homes and buildings, automated highways and skyways, and in-body networks for monitoring, analysis and treatment of medical conditions. Breakthrough energy-efficiency architectures, algorithms and hardware will allow wireless networks to be powered by tiny batteries, energy-harvesting, or over-the-air power transfer. Finally, new communication systems based on biology and chemistry to encode bits will enable a wide range of new micro and macroscale applications. There are many technical challenges that must be overcome in order to make this vision a reality. This talk will describe what the wireless future might look like along with some of the innovations and breakthroughs required to realize this vision.


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 reu@ee.stanford.edu or reu2018@ee.stanford.edu so that we may find a way to accommodate your needs.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:00am
Venue: 
AllenX 101 Auditorium

2018 REU Seminar Series, #2

Topic: 
Very-High-Frequency Power Electronics: Research Directions and New Applications
Abstract / Description: 

In this talk, I will explain the research directions of my group as well as some of the challenges we face designing converters in the HF and VHF frequency range. I will show some examples of RF converters implemented using air-core inductors embedded in the printed circuits board used to drive a plasma thruster for nano-satellites. I will also discuss some of our recent findings regarding the performance of Wide Bandgap power devices when operating at frequencies above 10MHz, and how we are leveraging this information to design dc-dc converters with large conversion ratios.


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 reu@ee.stanford.edu or reu2018@ee.stanford.edu so that we may find a way to accommodate your needs.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:00am
Venue: 
AllenX 101 Auditorium

2018 REU Seminar Series, #1

Topic: 
Choosing a career path
Abstract / Description: 

Career paths are never linear. There are a lot of bumps, meanderings and uncertainty that come with choosing a job and/or career. The most important place to start is with you. Reflecting on what matters to you, how you want to live your values, experience your strengths (those things you're already good at), and apply your skills, is key to choosing where you want to go. In this program Pamela Paspa, M.A., Board Certified Career Coach, will walk you through an interactive exercise for thinking about what you know about yourself and how to apply that to meaningful work.


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 reu@ee.stanford.edu or reu2018@ee.stanford.edu so that we may find a way to accommodate your needs.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:00am
Venue: 
AllenX 101 Auditorium

2018 EE REU Mixer

Topic: 
2018 EE REU Mixer
Abstract / Description: 

Planning what to do over the summer? Interested in AI, Deep Learning, and Machine Learning? Looking into VR/AR, Neuroscience, Medical Imaging, and Bioengineering? A die-hard fan of EE hot topics like Convex Optimization, Signal Processing, Electronics, and more?

You're all set! Come to our EE ReU Mixer to meet professors and graduate researchers and learn about 30 projects open to you this summer.

The mixer is open to all undergraduates; freshmen and sophomores who are exploring their major/minor options are especially welcome.

RSVP by Feb 7 (Wed)

 

This event is sponsored by Stanford IEEE Chapter and FUSE – EE Student Groups.


 

Date and Time: 
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: 
Packard Atrium

REU Presentation Day

Topic: 
REU Final Presentations
Abstract / Description: 

Please join us for the Electrical Engineering REU Final Presentation Day.

The oral session will begin at 12noon in AllenX Auditorium; the poster session will begin at 2:30pm in Packard Atrium.


Research areas include:

  • Circuits and Physical Systems,
  • Materials and Devices, and
  • Signals and Information Systems

Thank you for supporting the EE REU Program!

Read about Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

 

Date and Time: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: 
AllenX 101 Auditorium; Packard Atrium

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lab64 makerspace

Chibitronics - Democratizing Tech and Bridging the Gender Gap

Topic: 
Chibitronics - Democratizing Tech and Bridging the Gender Gap
Abstract / Description: 

It is our distinct pleasure to welcome noted hacker and engineer, Andrew "bunnie" Huang

Please join us for his talk, Chibitronics - Democratizing Tech and Bridging the Gender Gap


In this talk, bunnie will discuss some of the technical aspects behind the introduction of paper based electronics, and some process details used to manufacture at scale.

In addition, he will present initial results indicating that, by changing materials and approach, a broader swath of society can become engaged with technology.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Packard 101

lab64 Speaker Series: Nothing Half Way - Being Fearless With Your Projects

Topic: 
Nothing Half Way - Being Fearless With Your Projects
Abstract / Description: 

Quinn has been making games for 36 years, on platforms ranging from the Apple II to all manner of newfangled things. She currently manages engineering for mobile games at Scopely. She also pursues consulting, independent development, mixed-media engineering projects, and writing. In her spare time she welds things, races cars, hacks electronics, and berates her friends with sarcasm.

www.quinndunki.com
www.quinndunki.com/blondihacks

Editorial comment: Quinn decided that if Steve Wozniak could make a computer in a garage, she should be able to do that too. She then embarked on a journey to build a computer from scratch (PCBs and all) in her kitchen / garage. The result, which she calls Veronica, is a truly homemade programmable computer. You can find out more about all this on her web sites.

 

Please RSVP for Quinn's talk (and free food) by 2/13/16.

Date and Time: 
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
lab64 (Packard 064)

Intro to Unity Workshop

Topic: 
Intro to Unity Workshop
Abstract / Description: 

From Rabbit Hole VR Club: Come build your own game from the ground up using Unity, the main game engine used for VR development in the industry. We will go over most aspects necessary for using Unity, including use of the Asset Store, basic programming structures of Unity scripts, creating user interfaces, and building a publishable exe.

The workshop will be lead by Khoi Le, a Rabbit Hole member who has been working with Unity for 2 years. The event will be held Saturday, 1/20 in Lab64 from 6-8 pm. Bring your laptop and make sure to download Unity before coming.

Date and Time: 
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
lab64 (Packard 064)

lab64 workshop: Circuits, Devices, and Debugging!

Topic: 
Circuits, Devices, and Debugging!
Abstract / Description: 

Come learn about circuits and devices from Ron Quan! Ron is an expert in many things, including analog circuits, audio and video applications, and RF circuits.

 

WHAT IS lab64? We're a community-oriented makerspace designed to give students a free place to work on electronics projects outside the realm of traditional research labs. Our workshops, assistants, and tools are here to support a variety of project and skill levels. Everyone is welcome!

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:15pm
Venue: 
Packard 064

lab64 workshop: Mechanical How-To Session 4

Topic: 
Mechanical How-To Session 4
Abstract / Description: 

MECHANICAL HOW-TO FALL QUARTER SESSIONS

This should be tons of fun and save lots of time and effort when you go to work on your projects.

This is Session 4; there will be 6 -7 sessions in all and we hope to get as far as building a simple robotic arm. You can attend any or all of these workshops

Date and Time: 
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Packard 064

VR/AR Community presents 'Privacy and VR'

Topic: 
Privacy and VR
Abstract / Description: 

With widespread adoption of VR, what data could we collect about users, and what can we then extrapolate from that data? Where's the line between reasonable and unreasonable knowledge? This talk will cover potential risks and concerns about Privacy and VR and offer suggestions for developers and users.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Hewlett 103

VR/AR Community presents 'Designing Multi-Person Immersive Experiences'

Topic: 
Designing Multi-Person Immersive Experiences
Abstract / Description: 

Immersive interfaces have the potential to enable powerful human-to-human interactions by creating shared spaces. Learn best practices for designing VR and AR experiences around communal interactions to enable collaboration, communication and co-presence. By also considering asymmetric experiences that take place across heterogeneous devices like a headset and a mobile phone, designers can open up new opportunities for participation. Mechanics built around asynchronous interactions can make small communities feel bigger.

This session will discuss findings from dozens of social interaction tests and highlight best practices towards designing fantastic multi-person immersive experiences.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Hewlett 103

lab64 - open lab / office hours

Topic: 
Office Hours - get help with projects
Abstract / Description: 

From Rabbit Hole VR Club: Tutorials and instructional office hours will be held during Fall quarter for students who are interested in XR but don't have much experience. There will be weekly office hours (Sundays 5 - 6 p.m., lab64) with an experienced core member who will help with weekly assignments starting week 3. The content covered, courtesy of Udacity, is listed below:

Introduction to Virtual Reality
VR Scenes and Objects
VR Software Development

​The pacing of the content will be about 2-3 hours per week. The timeline for these unofficial assignments are listed below.

By week 3: Finish Introduction to Virtual Reality
By week 4: Finish Animations in Scenes and Objects
By week 5: Finish Scenes and Objects
By week 6: Finish Controlling Objects Using Code in Software Development
By week 7: Finish Programming Animations in Software Development
By week 8: Finish Software Development

Basic programming experience is highly recommended. An experience level of having completed CS 106A will suffice for most of the topics covered, and an experience level of having completed CS 106B/X is ideal

Date and Time: 
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue: 
Packard 064

lab64 - open lab / office hours

Topic: 
Office Hours - get help with projects
Abstract / Description: 

From Rabbit Hole VR Club: Tutorials and instructional office hours will be held during Fall quarter for students who are interested in XR but don't have much experience. There will be weekly office hours (Sundays 5 - 6 p.m., lab64) with an experienced core member who will help with weekly assignments starting week 3. The content covered, courtesy of Udacity, is listed below:

Introduction to Virtual Reality
VR Scenes and Objects
VR Software Development

​The pacing of the content will be about 2-3 hours per week. The timeline for these unofficial assignments are listed below.

By week 3: Finish Introduction to Virtual Reality
By week 4: Finish Animations in Scenes and Objects
By week 5: Finish Scenes and Objects
By week 6: Finish Controlling Objects Using Code in Software Development
By week 7: Finish Programming Animations in Software Development
By week 8: Finish Software Development

Basic programming experience is highly recommended. An experience level of having completed CS 106A will suffice for most of the topics covered, and an experience level of having completed CS 106B/X is ideal

Date and Time: 
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue: 
Packard 064

lab64 - open lab / office hours

Topic: 
Office Hours - get help with projects
Abstract / Description: 

From Rabbit Hole VR Club: Tutorials and instructional office hours will be held during Fall quarter for students who are interested in XR but don't have much experience. There will be weekly office hours (Sundays 5 - 6 p.m., lab64) with an experienced core member who will help with weekly assignments starting week 3. The content covered, courtesy of Udacity, is listed below:

Introduction to Virtual Reality
VR Scenes and Objects
VR Software Development

​The pacing of the content will be about 2-3 hours per week. The timeline for these unofficial assignments are listed below.

By week 3: Finish Introduction to Virtual Reality
By week 4: Finish Animations in Scenes and Objects
By week 5: Finish Scenes and Objects
By week 6: Finish Controlling Objects Using Code in Software Development
By week 7: Finish Programming Animations in Software Development
By week 8: Finish Software Development

Basic programming experience is highly recommended. An experience level of having completed CS 106A will suffice for most of the topics covered, and an experience level of having completed CS 106B/X is ideal

Date and Time: 
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue: 
Packard 064

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