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November 2013

EE Professor Andrea Goldsmith, the Stephen Harris Professor in the School of Engineering, along with former Stanford EE PhD student Syed Ali Jafar, former Stanford EE postdoc Ivana Maric, and Sudhir Srinivasa, recently received the 2013 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award for their paper "Breaking Spectrum Gridlock With Cognitive Radios: An Information Theoretic Perspective,” Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 97, No. 5, May 2009, pp. 894-914.

The award is presented at the IEEE's annual awards ceremony and is given to an outstanding tutorial paper published in any Communications Society publication in the previous five calendar years.

EE Professor Robert Dutton
December 2013

Stanford EE Professor Robert Dutton, the Robert and Barbara Kleist Professor of Engineering and Director of Research in the Center for Integrated Systems, recently received the 2013 Aldert van der Ziel Award at the annual International Semiconductor Device Research Symposium (ISDRA).

The Aldert van der Ziel Award was established in honor of Professor Aldert van der Ziel for his long and distinguished career as an educator and a research scientist. Each ISDRS, the van der Ziel Award is given in recognition of an individual’s distinguished educational and research contributions to the field of electronic devices and materials.

EE Professor Emeritus Arogyaswami Paulraj
January 2014

Electrical Engineering Professor Emeritus Arogyaswami Paulraj has won the prestigious Marconi Prize of the Marconi Society for "his pioneering contributions to developing the theory and applications of MIMO antennas."

“Paulraj’s contributions to wireless technology, and the resulting benefit to mankind, are indisputable. Every WiFi router and 4G phone today uses MIMO technology pioneered by him,” says Professor Sir David Payne, Chairman of the Marconi Society.

According to the Marconi Society, its aim is to enhance the spirit of Guglielmo Marconi – scientist, engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur – his contributions to communications and information, and his determination that such knowledge be directed to the social, economic and cultural improvement of all humanity. The $100,000 Marconi Prize recognizes achievements of those living individuals from anywhere in the world whose aspirations, careers and accomplishments are characterized by a similar dedication.

EE Professor John Pauly
February 2014

Professor of Electrical Engineering John Pauly was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), "for seminal contributions in Magnetic Resonance Imaging that enabled new techniques with dramatically improved imaging speed, resolution, and contrast for biomedical applications." The ceremony was held at the AIMBE annual meeting at the National Academy of Science in March 2014.

The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs, comprise the College of Fellows.

AIMBE Fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation. AIMBE Fellows have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation and many also are members of the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.

"In addition to his stellar research contributions, John is one of the best citizens of the Stanford EE department, chairing faculty searches and serving on the undergraduate curriculum committee with great care and dedication," says EE Department Chair Abbas El Gamal.

Olaf Solgaard, EE Associate Chair of Graduate Education
November 2014

A new joint Stanford Electrical Engineering MS/MBA degree program will be available to graduate students in the 2015-2016 academic year. Students may apply for admission starting this fall.

“The joint focus recognizes that the students we educate need and want an integrated understanding of engineering, strategy and execution as they drive future innovations that increasingly involve both technology and business,” said Madhav Rajan, senior associate dean and faculty director of the MBA program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

The joint program structure will allow students to complete the two degrees in three years instead of the usual four years needed to complete each one separately. 

“The Electrical Engineering MS/MBA program represents the growing emphasis on multidisciplinary learning at Stanford,” said Olav Solgaard, professor of electrical engineering at the School of Engineering. “This program builds on the culture of entrepreneurship and creativity in the schools of business and engineering at Stanford and will better equip our students to take new technologies from basic research to commercial products.” 

Students wishing to undertake the joint program must separately apply to and be accepted by both the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA program and the School of Engineering’s Electrical Engineering MS program.  Completion of the joint program requires a combined total of 129 units, including 84 units at Stanford GSB and 45 units in the Electrical Engineering department. Students who complete the joint program will earn two degrees: an MS in electrical engineering and the MBA.

Admission to the Masters in Electrical Engineering requires a strong undergraduate background in engineering or quantitative subjects such as physics or mathematics. Applicants to the MBA program are assessed on intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential and personal qualities. Students also must take the Graduate Records Exam to be eligible for admission. Details on admission can be found on the EE Joint Degree Programs pages. The deadline for application to the Electrical Engineering MS program for the 2015-2016 academic year is December 9, 2014.

For more information about the admission process for the Stanford MBA, please visit: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/programs/mba/admission. Application to the MBA program may be made in any of three rounds ending October 1, 2014, January 7, 2015, or April 1, 2015. Applicants for joint degrees with the School of Engineering are encouraged to apply for the MBA in round two in January.

Mitra
April 2014

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Computer Science Subhasish Mitra is the recipient of the A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award for 2014 for his 2002 paper entitled, “X-Compact: An Efficient Response Compaction Technique for Test Cost Reduction.” 

The Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Design Automation. It honors an outstanding technical contribution within the scope of electronic design automation, as evidenced by a paper published at least 10 years before the presentation of the award.

The award honors A. Richard Newton, a luminary in the design automation area in academia and industry, faculty contributor and adviser to many of the leaders in the field, company founder, and dean of engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, who died in 2007. Professor Newton embodied the idea of technical impact which this award seeks to recognize.

Mendel Rosenblum
April 2014

Mendel Rosenblum, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAA&S).

The Academy membership encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects the full range of disciplines and professions: mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, medicine, the social sciences and humanities, business, government, public affairs, and the arts. Among the Academy's Fellows are more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. Rosenblum was elected to represent the "Computer Sciences" section.

June Wang
April 2014

One staff member received a $50 Visa card in recognition of her extraordinary efforts as part of the department’s 2014 Staff Gift Card Bonus Program. The EE department received some new nominations in March, and previous nominations were also considered.

Administrative Associate June Wang is this month’s Staff Gift Card Program awardee. Following are some comments from her nominators:

  • “June is very organized and efficient and provides help to others when needed.”
  • “She’s trustworthy, competent and thorough, so one asks for her assistance with the security of complete confidence.”
  • “June is very professional.”

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.

DiscoverEE Days poster session
March 2014

Twenty-nine current Electrical Engineering graduate students recently presented their latest research posters at DiscoverEE Days – an annual welcome for newly admitted EE PhD students.

Students from all three EE research areas were invited to present, and the best poster in each area received a "best poster" award provided by the EE Student Life Committee. Posters were judged by a small group of EE and SoE faculty and staff based on four categories: research originality, importance and potential impact; content (explanation of concepts, results and insights); oral presentation; and visual quality.

Following are the winners of the poster presentation and honorable mentions in each category, and the winning posters will be on display in the Packard Atrium March 24-28:

Hardware/Software Systems

Winner: Gage Hills, "Rapid Co-optimization of Processing and Circuit Design to Overcome Carbon Nanotube Variations"

Honorable Mention: Mahmoud Saadat, "A Closed-loop Reconfigurable Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converter for Sub-mW Energy Harvesting Applications"

Honorable Mention: Hyungmin Cho, "Quantitative Evaluation of Soft Error Injection Techniques for Robust System Design"

Information Systems & Science

Winner: Alexandros Manolakos & Mainak Chowdhury, "Robust Design and Performance of a Noncoherent SIMO System using Energy Measurements"

Winner: Ka-Kit Lam, "Near-optimal Assembly for Shotgun Sequencing with Noisy Reads"

Honorable Mention: David Chen, "Memory-Efficient Image Databases for Mobile Visual Search"

Physical Technology & Science

Winner: Max Shulaker, "Carbon Nanotube Computer: Transforming Scientific Discoveries into Working Systems"

Honorable Mention: Amal El-Ghazaly, "Post-Fabrication Voltage Control and Redirection of Magnetic Anisotropy"

Honorable Mention: Feifei Lian, "Thermal and Electrical Transport in Monodispersed Carbon Nanotube Films"

Honorable Mention: Sam Emaminejad, "Applications of Ultra Dielectrophoresis for Microfluidic Sample Preparation and Proteomics"

January 2014

Several Stanford-affiliated students, faculty and alumni were selected as members of this year's Forbes 30 under 30 lists, which highlights young thought leaders, entrepreneurs and scientists in 15 disciplines. Of those listed, three are members of the Electrical Engineering community. 

Tracy Chou, 26
Software engineer, Pinterest

Chou is a rising-star software engineer working on a mix of product, platform and infrastructure at Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Chou turned down an offer from Facebook to become the second engineer hired at Quora. She interned at both Facebook and Google and was a Mayfield Fellow at Stanford. She holds a BS in electrical engineering and an MS in computer science from Stanford. 

Adam de la Zerda, 29
Assistant Professor, Departments of Structural Biology and (by courtesy) of Electrical Engineering, School of Medicine, Stanford

Here’s a crazy idea: Use sound waves to image the body at the molecular level. De la Zerda, who may be the youngest faculty member at the School of Medicine at Stanford, is making it work, using the technology to take pictures of brain tumors, blood and living mice. His early efforts led to a startup, OcuBell, focused on eye disease. 

Darren Hau, 20 (listed with Daniel Maren and Andrew Ponec)
Cofounders, Dragonfly Systems

Dragonfly Systems is working to make solar panel systems cheaper, more efficient and reliable. “We’ve completely redesigned an often-overlooked component, the junction box, in a way that streamlines installation and improves reliability while boosting power output,” says Maren. The trio, who have postponed completion of their bachelor’s degrees at Stanford, have gotten interest from the likes of SunPower and Altenergy, which are eager to try it out.

 

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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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