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EE Student Information, Spring Quarter through Academic Year 2020-2021: FAQs and Updated EE Course List.

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August 2020

The current generation of neural implants record enormous amounts of neural activity, then transmit these brain signals through wires to a computer. But, so far, when researchers have tried to create wireless brain-computer interfaces to do this, it took so much power to transmit the data that the implants generated too much heat to be safe for the patient. A new study suggests how to solve his problem -- and thus cut the wires.

Research led by Professors Krishna Shenoy, Boris Murmann and Dr. Jaimie Henderson, have shown how it would be possible to create a wireless device, capable of gathering and transmitting accurate neural signals, but using a tenth of the power required by current wire-enabled systems. These wireless devices would look more natural than the wired models and give patients freer range of motion.

Graduate student Nir Even-Chen and postdoctoral fellow Dante Muratore, PhD, describe the team's approach in a Nature Biomedical Engineering paper.

The next step will be to build an implant based on this new approach and proceed through a series of tests toward the ultimate goal.

 

 

Excerpted from Science News, "How thoughts could one day control electronic prostheses, wirelessly", August 5, 2020.

July 2020

To advance quantum research during this exciting time, and help bridge Stanford's physics and engineering departments, the university is launching a new postdoctoral fellows program named after Felix Bloch, who was a theoretical physicist at Stanford and the university's first Nobel Prize winner.

The Bloch fellowship is awarded by the Q-FARM (Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitecture and Machines) initiative, which launched last year. Q-FARM emerged from Stanford's long-range planning process as part of a team focused on understanding the natural world. The initiative seeks to utilize the resources of both Stanford and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to accelerate quantum research.

The first cohort of Bloch fellows was appointed this year and includes postdocs studying topics ranging from the fundamentals of quantum theory to computing and sensing applications.

Up to six fellows will be selected each year for a 2-3 year appointment, based on strong research proposals and previous accomplishments in the field. They are then jointly advised by at least two faculty members, which in most cases hail from different departments and schools, to foster interdisciplinary collaborations. The first cohort of Bloch fellows was appointed this year and includes postdocs studying topics ranging from the fundamentals of quantum theory to computing and sensing applications.

"These first five fellows had innovative proposals that connect research groups and establish collaborations that didn't exist previously," reports Prof. Jelena Vuckovic. "We also picked candidates who span all areas of Q-FARM: from theory to experiment, from algorithms to devices and circuits, from science to engineering."

The Q-FARM directors hope this diversity of interests and collaboration between departments will seed more creative projects and build lasting connections. The result will be a new generation of quantum scientists and engineers for academia and industry that honors the fellowship's namesake.

 

To read more about the 2020 Q-FARM Bloch Fellows, see Q-FARM news article, "Bloch Fellowship in Quantum Science and Engineering"

Congratulations to the 2020 Q-FARM Fellows!

  • Shahriar Aghaeimeibodi
  • Vahid Ansari
  • Anirudh Krishna
  • Tibor Rakovszky
  • Yijian Zou

 

Excerpted from Stanford News, "First Stanford Bloch Fellowship in quantum science and engineering announced", July 27, 2020

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July 2020

Congratulations to postdoctoral research fellow Lei Gu, PhD '19. Lei received the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) PhD Thesis Talk Award. His talk, "Design Considerations for Radio Frequency Power Converters" can be viewed online at IEEE-PELS.org.

Dr. Lei Gu is a researcher in professor Juan Rivas-Davila's SUPER Lab.

The IEEE PELS Digital Media Committee invites video submissions for the IEEE PELS Prize Ph.D. Thesis Talk. The goal of this competition is to showcase Ph.D. projects to the entire power electronics community - both in academia and industry. Five IEEE PELS P3 Talks are awarded each year. (source: ieee-pels.org/images/files/pdf/P3_Talks_Write_Up_4-27.pdf

Read more about the P3 award

 

Please join us in congratulating Lei on his award!

 

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July 2020

Congratulations to EE MS candidate Nicolo Zulaybar! He is a recipient of the David L. Boren Fellowship.

As a Boren Fellow, he will study Mandarin at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Through the fellowship, he intends to further improve his language skills by auditing Chinese lectures and getting involved with student organizations.

"It's an honor and privilege to receive this Boren Fellowship," Zulaybar said. "In this time of global challenges, it feels all the more urgent that people get involved with government to solve the problems facing their communities. I appreciate how Boren both supports my placement in federal service and prepares me for my role with cultural skills I can use to problem-solve with America's international partners. It complements my technical education in this way."

Zulaybar is from Los Angeles. He graduated from Stanford in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. As an undergraduate, he was a research associate in Assistant Professor of Chemistry Yan Xia's Polymer Chemistry Lab, as well as a member of the Alpha Chi Sigma professional fraternity.

Nicolo is one of five Stanford students who are the recipients of the 2020 Boren Awards. Two are graduate students, and will receive David L. Boren Fellowships and three are undergraduates who will receive David L. Boren Scholarships.

Congratulations to Nicolo and his Boren Awards colleagues!

 

Excerpted from "Five Stanford students receive 2020 Boren Awards," June 25, 2020

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July 2020

Congratulations to Professor Thomas Lee. He has been awarded the IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award for "pioneering CMOS technology for high-performance wireless circuits and systems."

The IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the fundamentals of any aspect of electronic circuits and systems that has a long-term significance or impact.

Tom is the principal investigator of the SMIrC Lab, which has been a driving force in developing the theory of radio frequency (RF) CMOS integrated circuit design as well as in educating tomorrow's RFIC designers.

Please join us in congratulating Tom for this well-deserved recognition.

 

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July 2020

Congratulations to Professor Andrea Goldsmith, Stephen Harris Professor of Engineering. She has been awarded the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award. Her citation reads, "For educating, developing, guiding, and energizing generations of highly successful students and postdoctoral fellows."

The IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award recognizes inspirational teaching of graduate students in the IEEE fields of interest.

Andrea's research interests are in information theory, communication theory, and signal processing, and their application to wireless communications, interconnected systems, and neuroscience. She is the director of Stanford's Wireless Systems Lab.

Please join us in congratulating Andrea!

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June 2020

We are proud of our history of innovation and entrepreneurship, and of our ongoing mission to address major societal challenges. This includes diversity in research interests, research styles, and providing supportive mentorship. EE recognizes that we have significant work to do in these areas and we look to the entire EE community to improve our future.


The Department of Electrical Engineering supports Black Lives Matter, inclusion, and diversity. 

As engineers, engineers-in-training, and staff, we build upon and apply systems-thinking to major societal challenges, including climate change, health, and better communication.

 The Department of Electrical Engineering strives to continue its success in innovation and research through the participation and inclusion of students, post-docs, and faculty from diverse backgrounds, experiences, religions, ethnicities, identities, genders, sexual orientation, and perspectives. We recognize diversity as central and critical to our mission to provide an inclusive environment and culture where all are welcomed, respected, and valued. Diversity in EE.

 

The following links are from our students, colleagues and friends. We include them to provide education and support to our community. 

If you have questions, insights, or edits, please contact us via info@ee.stanford.edu.

 

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Stanford Class of 2020!
June 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 graduates

The Department of Electrical Engineering would like everyone to celebrate and congratulate all 2020 graduates!

It's been a challenging spring quarter, but you all made it through! Please join us to reflect on all of the work you did to get here. It hasn't been easy, and we want every student to know that we value your contributions and look forward to seeing where you go. Congratulations!

CONGRATULATIONS 2020 GRADUATES! From Dean Widom, Professor Stephen Boyd, Student Services, and others! youtu.be/kme9svWjo5A

 


Celebrating our graduates provides an opportunity to spotlight many awards and outstanding contributions by individuals. 

 

Design Awards

Undergraduate students that receive the Student Design Project Awards, have demonstrated novel innovation in their capstone projects. The 2020 recipients are Rohan Deshpande, BS '22 and Kao Kitichotkul, BS '22.


Centennial Teaching Assistant Award

The Centennial Award recognizes tremendous service and dedication in providing excellent classroom instruction. Students and faculty nominate outstanding teaching assistants throughout the year. The department is fortunate to have many highly skilled teaching assistants!

  • Jonathan Jia-An Mak, MS '20, BS '19
  • Lars Thorben Neustock, PhD '21
  • Chris Strong, MS '21

Jonathan Jia-An Mak, MS '20, BS '19Lars Thorben Neustock, PhD '21Chris Strong, MS '21


Ford Scholar Award

Milind Jagota, MS and BS '20 has received the Ford Scholar Award. Ford Scholars have the highest total GPA and Engineering GPAs in the School of Engineering and are pursuing an advanced degree. Milind will receive a Ford Scholar award certificate and $1,500 check. 

James F. Gibbons Outstanding Student Teaching Award 2020

The James F. Gibbons Award for Outstanding Student Teaching Award highlights students who have been nominated by faculty and peers for their extraordinary service as teaching assistants. We are deeply appreciative of the commitment to learning and sharing that our students display.

Congratulations to Elaine Chou, PhD '21, MS '18, Trisha Jani, MS '20, and Jonathan Lin, MS '20 and BS '19!


 

Chair's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education:

This year's award recognizes Professor Joseph Kahn! In recognition of the tireless work he has done in the area of undergraduate education and contributions to the success of the department. Thank you!

 


Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Scholastic Award

The Terman Award is presented to the top 5% of each senior class in the School of Engineering. We are pleased to congratulate our 2020 Terman Scholars for their outstanding work.

  • Anthony S. Degleris, BS '20
  • Milind Jagota, MS and BS '20
  • Joe Lou, MS (CS) and BS '20
  • Alex Mallery, BS '20
  • Eajer Toh, MS '21, BS '20

 

 

Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Teaching Honor Roll (The Engineering Honor Society)

This award recognizes engineering instructors for excellent teaching, commitment to students, and great mentoring. Professor Mary Wootters received this award for her excellent instruction and commitment – please join us in congratulating Mary for her extraordinary teaching!

Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Honor Roll (The Engineering Honor Society)

Anthony S. Degleris, BS '20
Milind Jagota, MS and BS '20
Joe Lou, MS (CS) and BS '20
Jacob Meisel, MS and BS '21 
Michael Oduoza, MS '22 and BS '21
Eajer Toh, MS '21, BS '20
Chris Wu, BS '20 and MS '21

Not pictured: Michal Adamkiewicz, Erick Blankenberg, Wyeth Coulter, Collin Cremers,  Rahul Lall, and Vineet Edupuganti.


Phi Beta Kappa

Seven EE students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa for their academic excellence and breadth of their scholarly accomplishments. Congratulations to all!


Zach Belateche, BS and MS '20
Anthony S. Degleris, BS '20
Milind Jagota, MS and BS '20
Joe Lou, MS (CS) and BS '20
Eajer Toh, MS '21, BS '20
Cole Winstanley, MS and BS '20

Not pictured: Gregorio Lopes, MS and BS '20 


Undergraduate Degrees with Distinction

In recognition of high scholastic attainment, distinction is awarded by the University to the top 15% of the graduating class based on cumulative grade point averages calculated at the end of Winter Quarter. Congratulations!

Zach Belateche, BS and MS '20
Anthony S. Degleris, BS '20 
Milind Jagota, MS and BS '20
Joe Lou, MS (CS) and BS '20
Alex Mallery, BS '20
Eajer Toh, MS '21 and BS '20
Chris Wu, BS '20 and MS '21 

 

Not pictured: Gregorio Lopes


EE Honors

These undergraduate students maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 in Electrical Engineering courses and conduct independent study and research at an advanced level with a faculty mentor, graduate students, and fellow undergraduates. Congratulations!

Yap Dian Ang, MS (CS) and BS '20
Anthony S. Degleris
, BS '20
Milind Jagota, MS and BS '20
Alex Mallery, BS '20

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2020 Graduates, be sure to add your page to the EE Yearbook!

The EE Yearbook is for all 2020 graduates and walk-through participants. The PDF yearbook will be available to the public in early July 2020 on our EE website: ee.stanford.edu/2020-graduates
 
 

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June 2020

Professor Gordon Wetzstein and first authors Isaac Kauvar (EE PhD candidate) and postdoctoral researcher Tim Machado, have developed an optical technique that can simultaneously record the activity of neurons spread across the entire top surface of a mouse's cerebral cortex, a key part of the brain involved in making decisions. Their article, "Cortical Observation by Synchronous Multifocal Optical Sampling Reveals Widespread Population Encoding of Actions" was published in the journal Neuron.

The researchers call their system Cortical Observation by Synchronous Multifocal Optical Sampling, or COSMOS. In addition to studying motor control and decision making, the team is also using COSMOS to study sensory perception in animals and as a screening technique to develop better psychiatric drugs.

The prototype COSMOS system is relatively simple to build and costs less than $50,000, which is hundreds of thousands of dollars cheaper than other optical systems for recording neural population dynamics. To encourage further adoption and development of the technique, the authors have built a website with instructions to help other researchers build their own COSMOS systems.

The bifocal microscope uses a single camera to capture two movies of neural activity at the same time: one focused on the sides of the brain, and the other focused on the middle, to provide a side-by-side view shown in a video. The researchers then computationally extract signals – reflecting the timing, intensity and duration of when neurons fire – from both of these movies to obtain a comprehensive measurement of neural activity across the whole surface.

Excerpted from Stanford News, "Stanford researchers develop an inexpensive technique to show how decisions light up the brain", June 2, 2020.

 

"COSMOS Reveals Widespread Population Encoding of Actions", first authors Isaac Kauvar, EE PhD candidate (photo credit: Daphna Spivack) and Tim Machado, Bioengineering postdoctoral researcher.

 

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May 2020

Congratulations to Jayant Charthad, PhD, and his co-authors on receiving the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems 2020 Best Paper Award.

Jayant's work presents a mm-sized implantable device for the electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves. Using ultrasound as a wireless power transfer and data communication modality, the implant achieved >10x improvement in the ratio of tissue depth to implant volume compared to state-of-the-art systems. The implant includes a custom-designed integrated circuit to enable precise wireless programming of stimulation parameters. The device could have applications in the treatment of a range of conditions such as epilepsy, autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, and urinary urge incontinence.

 

To read more about the research, please visit arbabianlab.stanford.edu.

 

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February 2014

Three staff members each received a $50 Visa card in recognition of their extraordinary efforts as part of the department’s 2014 Staff Gift Card Bonus Program. The EE department received several nominations in January, and nominations from 2013 were also considered.

Following are January’s gift card recipients and some of the comments from their nominators:

Ann Guerra, Faculty Administrator

  • “She is very kind to students and always enthusiastic to help students… every time we need emergent help, she is willing to give us a hand.”
  • “Ann helps anyone who goes to her for help with anything, sometimes when it’s beyond her duty.” 

Teresa Nguyen, Student Accounting Associate

  • “She stays on top of our many, many student financial issues, is an extremely reliable source of information and is super friendly.”
  • “Teresa’s cheerful disposition, her determination, and her professionalism seem to go above and beyond what is simply required.”

Helen Niu, Faculty Administrator

  • “Helen is always a pleasure to work with.”
  • “She goes the extra mile in her dealings with me, which is very much appreciated.”

The School of Engineering once again 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 past nominations will still be eligible for future months. EE faculty, staff and students are welcome to nominate a deserving staff person by visitinghttps://gradapps.stanford.edu/NotableStaff/nomination/create.

Ann Guerra  Teresa Nguyen  Helen Niu

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