2016

June 2016

Professor emeritus Calvin Quate has won the 2016 Kavli Nanoscience Prize, along with Gerd Binnig, former member of IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, and Christoph Gerber, of the University of Basel, for the invention of atomic force microscopy.

Throughout his career, Quate invented transformational imaging and sensing technologies that continue to be used in research labs around the world, and even on the surface of Mars. Along with Ross Lemons, he developed the scanning acoustic microscope in the early 1970s. The atomic force microscope (AFM) came in 1986, after working with Gerd Binnig and Christoph Gerber, who share the Kavli Prize with Quate.

The atomic force microscope uses a stylus with a small tip – less than 30 nanometers wide – to move across the surface of an object, bobbing up and down as it passes over the topography of the surface. When the stylus tip crosses a change in the surface, force passes from the stylus to an attached cantilever, which flexes. Instruments record the cantilever's flexing to create an image accurate to the atomic level.

An example of the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is on display in the atrium of the Packard Building. 

 The Kavli Prize is a partnership among The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Winners of each prize will receive a gold medal and share $1 million (U.S.), given during an awards ceremony in Oslo.


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May 2016

EE PhD candidates Spyridon Baltsavias and Junyi Wang have been selected as one of eight winning teams in the 2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship.

Their proposal "Advanced Ultrasound Sensing in the Modern Wireless World: a Miniaturized Ultrasound Transducer System for Biomedical Applications" was reviewed by Qualcomm Research's top engineers. Spyridon and Junyi were then invited to present to a panel of executive judges. Winning students receive a one year fellowship and are mentored by Qualcomm engineers to help facilitate the success of the proposed research.

Congratulations to Spyridon, Junyi, and their advisors, Professors Amin Arbabian and Butrus T. Khuri-Yakub. A description of their winning proposal follows:

 Ultrasound is an invaluable technology that is widely used today in hospitals as an imaging and diagnostic tool. An example ultrasound system is the ultrasonic endoscope, which doctors use to probe the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of a patient and diagnose a variety of diseases and cancers affecting hundreds of thousands of people each year. Existing systems however have several limitations: they tend to be bulky and power-hungry, while procedures are expensive, and even traumatic for patients.

What if we could take the technology from the stationary, bulky form factor, and shrink it down to a disposable pill that can be swallowed at the convenience of the patient? This idea resulted in our proposal for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, where we introduced our miniature ultrasonic ingestible pill, to be demonstrated as a promising alternative to the GI endoscopic procedure. We envision our system to operate as follows: after the pill is swallowed by a patient, it travels through the intestinal system. By emitting and receiving ultrasound waves, ultrasonic "cameras" around the pill take images of the walls of the tract, as well as deeper layers and even surrounding organs. Then the captured images are wirelessly transmitted to a device worn by the patient, such as a smartphone, and can be used by medical experts for diagnosis and screening for bleeding, cancerous tissue, and other diseases.

Although ambitious, we believe our idea to be feasible through the combination of advanced electronics and advanced imaging techniques. Using flexible capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs) developed by Professor Butrus T. Khuri-Yakub's research group, and an application-specific-integrated-circuit (ASIC) with RF wireless capabilities, jointly being designed by Prof. Amin Arbabian's and Prof. Khuri-Yakub's groups, we aim to bring this project to fruition and develop a platform that could in the future enable a vast array of exciting new biomedical and consumer applications on and inside the human body.

May 2016

Recently published in Lab on a Chip, a journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Professor Audrey Bowden and Gennifer Smith, a PhD student in electrical engineering, detail their new low-cost, portable device that would allow patients to get consistently accurate urine test results at home, easing the workload on primary care physicians.

Other do-it-yourself systems are emerging, but Bowden and Smith's approach is inexpensive and reliable, in part because they base their system on the same tried and trusted dipstick used in medical offices.

Their approach uses an easy-to-assemble black box that allows a smartphone camera to capture video that accurately analyzes color changes in a standard paper dipstick.

 

Excerpts from Stanford News, May 16, 2016.

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Oil painting of Fred Terman
May 2016

The Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Award for Scholastic Achievement has been awarded to five EE undergraduates. The Terman Award is one of the most selective academic awards. It is based on overall academic performance and is presented to the top five percent of each year's School of Engineering seniors. The 2015-2016 Terman Scholars include five undergraduate seniors from Electrical Engineering.

Congratulations to all Terman Award recipients. The five EE students are:

  • Cynthia De Dalmady ( pictured below front row, left)
  • Yuki Inoue (front row, center)
  • Kristen Pownell (front row, right)
  • Allan Raventos Knohr (back row, fifth from left)
  • Moosa Zaidi (back row, sixth from left)

Terman scholars are invited to attend a celebratory luncheon and encouraged to invite the most influential secondary school or other pre-college teacher who guided them during the formative stages of their academic career. Pictured below are the 2015-16 Terman Scholars majoring in EE, along with their Stanford advisors and influential pre-college teachers.

The award is named after Fred Terman who was the fourth Dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford, serving from 1944-1958, after which he became the Provost at the University, and is generally credited, along with President Wally Sterling, as having started the process that has led Stanford to its present position among the leading universities of the world.

May 2016

Congratulations to the four April Staff Gift Card Program recipients. Awarded to staff members who are nominated for their professional contributions that are above and beyond their everyday roles. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to nominate individuals or groups that have made a profound improvement in their daily work life. Each recipient receives a $50 Visa card.

 

Please congratulate the April awardees listed below with excerpts from their nominations.

Daisy Chavez, Graduate Admissions Specialist & Student Life Coordinator

  • Her passion for helping students shines through every interaction.
  • Daisy proactively seeks creative ways to improve student life within EE. Her attention to detail has elevated and improved the experience for students.

Julia Gillespie, Faculty Administrator

  • Having Julia nearby is a true source of peace. She always exceeding expectations, including welcoming new building residents, providing thorough instruction on equipment and policies, and plenty more.
  • She is efficient and optimistic when helping solve issues, always happy to share her knowledge.

Joe Little, Principle Systems Architect

  • He is creative, flexible, supportive, an awesome problem-solver, and invaluable – an ideal team member.
  • The only thing constraining Joe is the speed of the equipment.

Socorro 'Suki' Ungson, Faculty Administrator

  • Suki cares greatly about the well-being of our group. She strives to keep everything running smoothly.
  • She is always a tremendous help; efficient and capable of managing any task.

 

The Staff Gift Card Bonus Program is sponsored by the School of Engineering. Each year, the EE department receives several gift cards to distribute to staff members who are recognized for going above and beyond their role. Each month, staff are chosen from nominations received from faculty, students, and staff. Past nominations are eligible for future months.

Please take a moment to nominate a deserving staff person today!

April 2016

2016 marks the Shannon Centenary. Around the world, events are planned to celebrate his life and influence on the development of technology and information. Claude E. Shannon is best known for developing the field of information theory, which is the mathematical foundation of communication and data compression. He also laid the foundation for cryptography, digital circuits, circuit complexity, network flows, artificial intelligence and human–computer interaction.

After earning his PhD from MIT, Shannon joined Bell Labs, where he worked from 1942 through 1957. He returned to MIT as a faculty member until 1978.

Shannon was an avid juggler. His creations and interests were vast. For example, in 1950, he created a mouse controlled by a relay circuit. The programmed mouse was able to learn its environment, becoming the first artificial learning device of its kind.

In 1972, Shannon received the most prestigious prize of the IEEE Information Theory Society, which was later named The Shannon Award

The Shannon Award has been bestowed upon four Stanford EE faculty, Tom Cover (1990), Tom Kailath (2000), Bob Gray (2008), and Abbas El Gamal (2012).

 

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March 2016

In EE27N, Electronics Rocks, students are encouraged to explore and move beyond the status quo. Most recently, students re-thought water-based sculptures on campus.

"All day, everyday, California's drought is on everyone's mind. My students chose to explore what a water-free 'fountain' might look like," stated Professor Greg Kovacs. "I also challenged them to consider other aesthetic priorities like maintenance and public interaction. In the end, I'm really impressed by the light fountain – it's dazzling!"

The completed "electronic" fountain stands nearly 6' high, with blue and red LEDs flowing along 7 semi-transparent cylinders, loosely arranged in a conical shape. Sensors on either side of the base respond to passersby by signaling the LEDs to begin a cycle of programmed light sequences.

"It's really cool!" exclaimed several students. "We talked so much about all of our ideas, and the light fountain came together, and looks awesome!"

Electrical engineering undergraduate curriculum embraces the 'maker' sentiment as a guiding principal. EE27N provides the basics of how electronic devices work through hands-on discussion, design and construction. Students hack and modify, but are encouraged to focus on building from scratch. Throughout the quarter, Electronics Rocks students work as teams on projects that ultimately inform or become their collaborative final project, which is built as a class. The light fountain embodies several EE core competencies, including embedded microprocessors, programming, power management, LEDs, sensors, and a great deal of teamwork.

Electronics Rocks, EE27N is offered in Winter quarter and is open to all freshmen regardless of their major.


 

April 2016

DiscoverEE Days welcomes newly admitted grad students, connecting them with EE students, faculty and staff. The 2-day event brings everyone together; encouraging exploration of the department and current research. The event concludes with a student research poster session, social reception and raffle. This year, admits were able to view and discuss 25 posters.

Posters present research from EE's core and subareas, and is an opportunity for graduate students to verbally and visually present their work. Posters are judged by a group of staff, faculty and students. Judging criteria is based on overall oral presentation, visual quality, and presenting within a one minute timeframe. Three winners, one from each core research area, were selected. The awards went to:

Neal Master (pictured center), Information Systems & Science
 Nicholas McDonald (not pictured), Hardware/Software Systems
Ning Wang (pictured left), Physical Technology & Science

Winning presenters were awarded a gift card and certificate, presented by Professor Andrea Goldsmith (pictured right).

The raffle winner was Sawaby Mahmoud, pictured with Professor Goldsmith below. His area of research is Information Systems and Science.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone for participating in DiscoverEE Days.
Additional thanks to the EE Admissions, GSEE, and the EE Student Life Committee for sponsoring the poster contest and generous prizes.


 

March 2016

The Staff Gift Card Program awarded four staff members a $50 Visa card. Nominations were submitted recognizing each of them for their professional contributions that are above and beyond their everyday roles. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to nominate individuals or groups that have made a profound improvement in their daily work life.

 

Please congratulate the awardees listed below with excerpts from their nominations.

John DeSilva, Systems & Network Manager, EE

  • "He's really proactive; letting us know about potential issues. John always makes himself available, and is quick to solve the problem."
  • "His knowledge and upbeat attitude make him pleasure to work with."

Marsha Dillon, Executive Assistant to the Chair, EE

  • "Marsha's ability to troubleshoot and work through projects of all kinds is truly appreciated!"
  • "Her thoroughness is a great asset."

Megan Hagquist, Research and Financial Administrator, ERA

  • "Megan has made great strides towards improving the efficiency of aspects of our work."
  • "She is truly a wonderful addition to our group!"

Emily Wang, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, EE

  • "Emily works extremely well with everyone and consistently performs in an outstanding fashion."
  • "She has been instrumental in supporting the department with our admissions system."

 

The Staff Gift Card Bonus Program is sponsored by the School of Engineering. Each year, the EE department receives several gift cards to distribute to staff members who are recognized for going above and beyond their role. Each month, staff are chosen from nominations received from faculty, students, and staff. Past nominations are eligible for future months. Nominate a deserving staff person today!

February 2016

A reception honoring School of Engineering staff for their years of service was held Monday, February 29th. Eleven Electrical Engineering staff were acknowledged for their valuable contributions and service to the department and Stanford University.

"EE appreciates the dedication of our staff," states Abbas El Gamal, EE's Chair. "Not only do they keep our department running efficiently and smoothly, they provide vital support to our faculty and students' research. We are fortunate to have such dedicated staff assisting in the extraordinary work being done in EE and at Stanford."

 

Thank you to all EE staff for your dedication.

Individuals recognized at the 2016 School of Engineering Seervice Award Reception include:

  • John DeSilva, 5 Years of Service
  • Jun-Hua (June) Wang, 10 Years of Service
  • Adam Kerr, 10 Years of Service
  • Mackenzie Mazariegos, 10 Years of Service
  • Maria Spasojevic, 10 Years of Service
  • Kelly Yilmaz, 15 Years of Service
  • Joseph Little, 20 Years of Service
  • Amy Duncan, 25 Years of Service
  • Ann Guerra, 30 Years of Service
  • Charles Orgish, 30 Years of Service
  • Victoria Carrillo, 35 Years of Service

 

Pictured from left to right are School of Engineering Dean Persis S. Drell, John DeSilva, Charles Orgish, Amy Duncan, Joe Little, Victoria Carrillo, Ann Guerra, Jun-Hua (June) Wang.

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