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Sanjay Lall and Laurent Lessard
July 2013

The American Automatic Control Council recently recognized Sanjay Lall, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, with the 2013 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award.

Lall and his co-author Laurent Lessard received the award at the recent American Control Conference for their paper titled, "Optimal Controller Synthesis for the Decentralized Two-Player Problem with Output Feedback."

Andrea Goldsmith
September 2013

The Stephen Harris Professor in the School of Engineering and Electrical Engineering Professor Andrea Goldsmith was recently selected to receive the Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) Technical Achievement Award for 2013. Her citation reads, "For contributions to the analysis of fundamental performance limits for wireless channels and networks."

According to the committee's website, "The award...  recognize(s) members of the Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) of the IEEE Communications Society who have been involved with CTTC, have done outstanding work in communication theory, and have achieved a high degree of visibility in the field."

James Harris
September 2013

James Harris, the James and Elenor Chesebrough Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering, recently received the 2013 Aristotle Award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) for "outstanding teaching and a deep commitment to the educational experience of his students."

According to the SRC, "The Aristotle Award was created by the SRC Board of Directors in March 1995 to recognize supported faculty whose deep commitment to the educational experience of SRC students has had a profound and continuing impact on their professional performance and consequently a significant impact for members over a long period of time."

October 2013

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Sachin Katti recently won the 2013 SIGCOMM Rising Star Award. 

This award recognizes a young researcher, an individual no older than 35, who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early part of his or her career. 

According to SIGCOMM, "The award is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, in wireless communications and networking. His approach to cross-layer wireless design brings together computer networking, signal processing and information theory to solve long-standing problems in wireless networks. Highlights of his research contributions include a practical approach to achieve full-duplex radios (Mobicom'10, MOBICOM'11, SIGCOMM'13) and rateless network design for practical adapation of sender transmission rate (SIGCOMM'11, MOBICOM'12). To quote from his nomination 'Sachin Katti’s research has transformed the way we think about wireless communications.'"

October 2013

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Statistics Andrea Montanari and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Philip Levis have each won the 2013 Okawa Foundation Research Grant.

The Okawa Foundation's mission is to promote the field of ICT and seek its development through such means as awards and research grants, and to further international and cultural exchanges in this area.

  

October 2013

Electrical Engineering Professor Jelena Vuckovic has been awarded a Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technical University in Munich, Germany. 

Up to four fellows (from any science/engineering field) are named per year, and they are given freedom and funding to pursue research activities in collaboration with TUM on high risk/high reward projects, without burden of writing proposals. The fellowship is named after Hans Fischer, a TUM faculty who was awarded a Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on hemoglobin.

Stephen Harris
October 2013

Stephen Harris, the Kenneth and Barbara Oshman Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics, Emeritus, was recently elected as an Honorary Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA). According to the OSA, Harris was selected for his "pioneering and profoundly influential contributions to the science of light, including optical parametric emission, lasing without inversion, electromagnetically induced transparency, and single cycle optical pulse generation."

Honorary Membership is OSA’s most distinguished membership status. Harris joins a group of only 45 OSA Honorary Members elected since the Society was founded in 1916.

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.

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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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