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June 2018

Samsung Professor in the School of Engineering and Chair of Electrical Engineering, Stephen Boyd opened the department's 123rd commencement on Sunday, June 17.

Welcoming families and friends, Stephen acknowledged their support and sacrifice and wished everyone a very happy Father's Day. A catered picnic lunch was available and refreshments were available after the awarding of diplomas.


The 2018 Design Award Recipients 

Professor Bob Dutton awarded six undergraduate students with the Student Design Project Awards. The capstone projects coalesce curriculum and allow students to innovate in novel ways.

  • Penelope Anema
  • Noa Glaser
  • Sarah Pao Radzihovsky
  • Kirill Safin
  • Anjali Majumdar
  • Samuel Stewart Johnson

2018 Centennial Teaching Assistant Award Recipients

Teaching Assistants and Course Assistants who excel in teaching are recognized by students and faculty. The centennial Award recognizes tremendous service and dedication in providing excellent classroom instruction. 

  • Sanghyeon Park
  • Rahul Trivedi 

2018 James F. Gibbons Award for Outstanding Student Teaching
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.

  • Alex Bertrand
  • Job Nalianya
  • Pin Pin Tea-mangkornpan

2018 Ford Scholar Award
Students that are eligible for this award must have both a high GPA within the School of Engineering and also actively pursuing an advanced degree. Four undergraudate students are recognized this year, two of them are EE students.

  • Theo Diamandis
  • Logan Spear

Terman Award
The Terman Award is presented to the top 5% of each senior class in the School of Engineering. We are pleased that 5 of our undergraduates received this recognition for their outstanding work.

  • Theo Diamandis
  • Logan Spear
  • Richard Mu
  • Georgia Murray
  • Akshay Rajagopal


Faculty awards included the 2017-18 Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Teaching Honor Roll and the Chair's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. The TBP Honor Roll recognizes engineering instructors for excellent teaching, commitment to students, and great mentoring.

Tau Beta Pi Teaching Honor Roll

  • Joe Kahn
  • Dwight Nishimura

Chair's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education
Professor Roger Howe teaches one of our very popular undergraduate courses, "An Introduction to Making." He, his co-instructors, and the teaching staff lead a few hundred students in building a variety of interesting devices. Please join us in congratulating Roger!

  • Roger Howe


The 2018 Student Speaker was Richard Mu (B.S. '18). He fondly recalled late nights with fellow students in Packard, Gates, Allen, Huang, and Clark. He thanked staff, advisors, insructors, mentors, family and friends who nurture and make countless sacrifices of support. 

"The single name on a diploma belies the community that must come together for each one of us to graduate. On behalf of the class of 2018, thank you to everyone that has supported us on our journey through Stanford and for supporting us on the adventures to come. And until machine learning tells us otherwise, wear sunscreen. Thank you."  –Richard Mu (EE B.S. '18)


Congratulations to each and every one of the 2018 Electrical Engineering graduates!

Dr. Andrea Goldsmith wins 2019 IEEE Sumner Award
June 2018

Professor Andrea Goldsmith has been awarded the 2019 Eric E. Sumner Award. Andrea is the Stephen Harris professor in the School of Engineering.

Professor Goldsmith's research is focused on the design, analysis, and fundamental performance limits of wireless systems and networks, as well as the application of communications and signal processing to biology and neuroscience.

Her IEEE citation reads "For contributions to the fundamental understanding and innovation in adaptive and multiple antenna techniques for wireless communication networks."

 

The IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1995.

It is named in honor of 1991 IEEE President Eric E. Sumner, who retired as Vice President, Operations Planning, AT&T Bell Laboratories after a long and distinguished career.

Please join us in congratulating Andrea for this well-deserved award!

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June 2018

The Electrical Engineering staff recognized this month for their outstanding effort are Julia Gillespie, Lauren Harris, Meo Kittiwanich, and Rachel Pham.

Each received nominations from peers, faculty and/or students who included descriptions of the staff member's professionalism that goes above and beyond their everyday roles. Staff gift card recipients make profound and positive impact in the department's everyday work and academic environment. Nomination link.

Please join us in acknowledging Julia, Lauren, Meo, and Rachel's extraordinary work!

 

Modified excerpts from their nominations follow.

Julia Gillespie, Faculty Administrator

  • "Julia puts a lot of thought and care into everything she does."
  • Our entire group has benefited from Julia's can-do spirit and competence.

Lauren Harris, Program Assistant

  • "She has done outstanding work this entire year – from leading a new grad student forum to producing visual designs."
  • Lauren always goes above and beyond!

Meo Kittiwanich, Degree Progress Officer

  • Meo is resourceful, and able to coordinate several tasks simultaneously.
  • "She works very well with students, helping them navigate program requirements with kindness and warmth."

Rachel Pham, Academic Affairs & Programs Administrator

  • Rachel is always on top of her work.
  • "She is creative and efficient and finds ways to improve work process for everyone's ease."

 

Please join us in congratulating them for their outstanding work!

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 or group today – nominate individuals or groups that have made a profound improvement in your daily work life. Each recipient receives a $50 Visa card. Nominations can be made at any time.

 

June 2018

Professor of Electrical Engineering Ayfer Ozgur has won the 2018 Okawa Foundation Research Grant. The Research Grant Presentation Ceremony will occur in San Francisco in September.

The mission of the Okawa Foundation is promotion and development in the field of Information and Communications Technology through awards and research grants as well as efforts to nurture researchers, engineers, and providers. It also seeks to promote diversity and ubiquitousness of human communication and thereby contribute to the peace and prosperity of humankind.

 

Please join us in congratulating Ayfer for this well-deserved award!

 

Read more about the Okawa Foundation: www.okawa-foundation.or.jp/en/outline/index.html

June 2018

The 2018 University Rover Challenge (URC) took place in at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, May 31 - June 2. Thirty-six teams from 10 countries participated in the annual event. Both graduate and undergraduate students make up the teams.

This is the first year that the Stanford Robotics Club has participated in the competition. The Stanford MARS Rover Team placed 34th, and is already making plans for the 2019 competition.

The URC required completion of the same tasks as in previous years: Sample Cache Task, Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Task, Equipment Servicing Task, and the Autonomous Traversal Task. Teams and their rovers were additionally challenged with harder versions of several tasks. The most exciting task of 2018 proved to be the Equipment Servicing Task, which featured a custom lander designed and built by a URC sponsor. Rovers were required to load a canister into the lander, and conduct a series of complex procedures required to "launch" this lander from Mars back to Earth.

The 2018 Stanford Robotics Mars Rover Team members are:

  • Shi Tuck - Sophomore in EE - Electrical systems
  • Christina (Tina) Li - Sophomore in CS - Drive Mechanical
  • Claire Huang - Sophomore in CS - Arm Mechanical
  • Michal Adamkiewicz - Sophomore in EE - Team Lead
  • Neil Movva - Junior in EE - Electrical systems
  • Freddy Dopfel - Graduate Student in MS&E
  • Julia Thompson - Freshmen in Chemistry and Mathematics - Science Analysis
  • Chandler Watson - Freshmen in CS - Team Lead
  • Thariq Ridha - Freshmen in CS - Drive Mechanical
  • Nick Lai - Sophomore in CS - Science Analysis
  • Marion Lepert - Senior in ME - Arm Mechanical
  • Rachel Gardner - Sophomore in CS - Software
  • Peter Maldonado - Freshmen in CS - Software
  • Victoria Tsai - Sophomore in CS - Software
  • Thomas White - Sophomore in AA - Drive Mechanical
  • Chaitanya Asawa - Senior in CS - Software

Congratulations to all the Mars Rover teams! 

Additional information

Stanford Robotics Club: roboticsclub.stanford.edu
University Rover Challenge (URC): urc.marssociety.org 

 

(Excerpted from http://urc.marssociety.org/home/urc-news/universityroverchallengetitlereturnstopoland)

June 2018


A paper by Emeritus Professor Thomas Kailath and co-authors is included in the top 10 notable papers from the last 50 years of papers published in the journal "Linear Algebra and its Application (LAA)." LAA is published by Elsevier and was the first journal devoted to linear algebra.

Along with Thomas Kailath (Electrical Engineering), three more Stanford faculty have papers included in the notable papers list. Including Richard W. Cottle (Management Science and Engineering), George B. Dantzig (Operations Research and Computer Science), and G.H. Golub (Computer Science).

Please join us in congratulating Thomas Kailath along with all of the authors on their extraordinary contributions!

 

All of the notable papers are free to access, and are hosted in the Elsevier Mathematics Open Archive. The 10 notable papers are:

Complementary pivot theory of mathematical programming, Volume 1, Issue 1, January 1968, Pages 103-125, Richard W. Cottle, George B. Dantzig

On the Eneström-Kakeya theorem and its sharpness, Volume 28, December 1979, Pages 5-16, N. Anderson, E.B. Saff, R.S. Varga

A new look at the Lanczos algorithm for solving symmetric systems of linear equations, Volume 29, February 1980, Pages 323-346, B.N. Parlett

A generalization of the Eckart-Young-Mirsky matrix approximation theorem, Volumes 88–89, April 1987, Pages 317-327, G.H. Golub, Alan Hoffman, G.W. Stewart

Linear complexity parallel algorithms for linear systems of equations with recursive structure, Volumes 88–89, April 1987, Pages 271-315, I. Gohberg, T. Kailath, I. Koltracht, P. Lancaster

Scalings of matrices which have prespecified row sums and column sums via optimization, Volumes 114–115, March–April 1989, Pages 737-764, Uriel G. Rothblum, Hans Schneider

Pencils of complex and real symmetric and skew matrices, Volume 147, March 1991, Pages 323-371, Robert C. Thompson

Riemannian geometry and matrix geometric means, Volume 413, Issues 2–3, 1 March 2006, Pages 594-618, Rajendra Bhatia, John Holbrook

A constructive version of the Boyle–Handelman theorem on the spectra of nonnegative matrices, Volume 436, Issue 6, 15 March 2012, Pages 1701-1709, Thomas J. Laffey

Perron–Frobenius theorem for nonnegative multilinear forms and extensions, Volume 438, Issue 2, 15 January 2013, Pages 738-749, S. Friedland, S. Gaubert, L. Han

 

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June 2018

Congratulations to PhD candidate Kawin "North" Surakitbovorn! He received the Student Paper Award at the 2018 International Power Electronics Conference - ECCE Asia, IPEC-Niigata, 2018.

North presented his paper at the conference held in Niigata, Japan on May 23, 2018. Also attending were his advisor, Juan Rivas-Davila and fellow researchers from the SUPER Lab.

 

Please join us in congratulating North on his accomplishment!

Anthropology and EE major Jack Andraka
May 2018

Jack Andraka, a junior in anthropology and electrical engineering has been awarded the 2018 Truman Scholarship for Graduate Studies. He plans to put his training in engineering, anthropology and data science to work as a public health physician devoted to addressing global health inequities affecting citizens in low- and middle-income countries.

Jack is one of 59 exceptional college students chosen from across the nation for the scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 for graduate study – in the United States or abroad – to students who want to attend graduate school in preparation for a career in public service.

Andraka's honors thesis in anthropology focuses on Sierra Leone: Disease Dollars: An Ethnographic Study of Foreign Aid and Ebola in Sierra Leone. Andraka hopes to study how environmental contaminants violate the health and human rights of disadvantaged populations in the impoverished West African country.

He is also writing an honors thesis in electrical engineering, A Novel Paper Biosensor for the Detection of Infectious Diseases and Environmental Contaminants, which describes the sensors he developed that detect 20 different diseases or contaminants in five minutes at a cost of less than one cent.

As a Truman Scholar, Andraka intends to enter an MD/MPH (Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health) program specializing in global health.

"The MD degree would enable me to frame my engineering background within medicine and provide me with an appreciation for the clinical realities of working in global health," Andraka wrote in his Truman Scholarship application. "In doing so, I will be able to work with communities in clinical settings to better understand locally relevant issues and design programs to address them. The Master of Public Health degree, alongside my anthropology training, will provide me with a deep understanding of broader socioeconomic, environmental and political determinants of health."

Eventually, Andraka hopes to become a public health physician devoted to addressing the global health inequities in low- and middle-income countries, where life expectancy is 36 years lower than in high-income countries.

Please join us in congratulating Jack on his excellent achievement!

 

 

Excerpted from Stanford News, "Stanford junior wins 2018 Truman Scholarship for graduate studies," April 13, 2018.

Emeritus professor James Gibbons
May 2018

Congratulations to emeritus professor Jim Gibbons! Recognized by Avenidas for his significant contributions in the social well-being of the community at large.

"[...T]he former Dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford, is known internationally for his important achievements in education and for his development of fabrication technologies that were foundational for the modern semiconductor industries in Silicon Valley and around the world. Less well known is the fact that his work has also contributed significantly to the social well-being of our community at large. Jim also served on no less than 13 boards in the Valley (among them Cisco, Raychem, SRI, Lockheed Martin, PARC, and more). In the educational field, he vastly expanded and improved the Stanford Instructional Television Network, which provided topnotch education via television to thousands of engineers at local companies. Again, this provided a crucial piece of "infrastructure" to the Valley, and was a forerunner of present internet courses.

His engagement with the Santa Clara Juvenile Hall in 1996 led him and his colleagues at SERA Learning to develop a successful program that teaches at-risk youth how to manage their anger and walk away from fights. SERA's "Skills for Managing Anger" course has since be used in 355 schools and juvenile justice applications across the country, including Columbine High School and NYC after 9 /11. It included new student centered teaching methods that Jim had developed for the Stanford Video program. Jim credits his wife Lynn who supported him in all his endeavors. He says: "She encouraged me to do things that would serve the needs of others." Avenidas is thrilled to celebrate Jim's amazing contributions and success."

The 2018 Lifetimes of Achievement honorees include Nancy Mueller, Dick Mansfield, Ellie Mansfield, Kristine Erving, John Erving, Christy Holloway and Jim Gibbons.

 

Excerpted from the Avenidas press release, "Avenidas Unveils Names of Community Contributors for the 2018 Avenidas Lifetime of Achievement Awards," February 12, 2018.

EE PhD Sarah Hooper
May 2018

Congratulations to EE PhD candidate Sarah Hooper! She has been selected as a 2018 Hertz Foundation Fellow. Sarah is a member of Sanjiv Sam Gambhir's  research lab, which develops novel materials and biosensor devices for the early detection and personalized treatment of diseases.

Sarah is driven to improve health outcomes through technological innovation. She helped create multiple new medical devices during her undergraduate career at Rice University, where she earned her B.S. in electrical engineering and a minor in global health technologies.

Through developing and implementing different medical devices, she saw the incredible power of technology to transform patient care. In particular, she saw the potential for accessible medical devices to drastically improve health outcomes in resource-limited settings during an internship in Malawi, where she worked to create low-cost devices to combat neonatal hypothermia.

In addition to her work in global health, Sarah became interested in how machine learning could be applied to benefit healthcare through her research using data science to create a seizure prediction system for patients with epilepsy. She is excited by the many opportunities she sees to use machine learning and signal processing to improve domestic and global health outcomes.

Please join us in congratulating Sarah and the other 2018 Hertz Fellows!

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering America's most brilliant minds in science, mathematics and engineering, announced the 2018 recipients of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship. The 10 newest Hertz Fellows were chosen from nearly 700 applicants interested in pursuing graduate work in the United States. The 2018 class includes six women, the highest proportion of women of any class in the Foundation's history, with Fellows' research focusing on chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics.

"The 2018 fellowship awardees are an outstanding group of students, with diverse talents and an extraordinary drive to reach new heights in scientific research and technological innovation,"said Robbee Baker Kosak, president, Fannie and John Hertz Foundation."We are delighted to welcome these six women and four men to the Hertz Community. They join the hundreds of Hertz Fellows who are leading important breakthroughs and developing some of the most important scientific and engineering solutions to challenges in our world today. We look forward to seeing what these 10 women and men contribute to that goal in the coming years."

The Hertz Foundation is the only organization in the United States that supports PhD candidates for a full five years at one of the Foundation's numerous partner institutions and grants students total research freedom, ensuring that each Fellow is able to pursue the most compelling, cutting-edge research. Members of Hertz's 2018 class hail from eight different states and nine different undergraduate schools. Several of this year's Fellows have already published papers in disciplines from biological chemistry to quantum computing.

"Hertz Fellows do extraordinary work and are truly changing the world, so our new Fellows are in fine company," said Dr. David Galas, Hertz Fellow, chairman of The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation's board of directors and Principal Scientist at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute. "The fellowship interviewers were amazed by the brilliance and creativity of these young people. I am confident their careers will have great impact on American and global science and technology."

At Stanford University in the electrical engineering Ph.D. program, Sarah will continue to pursue research aimed at improving patient care. She will focus on developing new medical imaging devices and associated data-driven computational tools to better diagnose and treat patients. After earning her Ph.D., Sarah plans on devoting her career to innovating technical solutions to reduce the global burden of noncommunicable disease.


Excerpted from

the Hertz Foundation: "The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Announces 2018 Fellows", March 26, 2018

and Hertz Foundation Fellow profile, Sarah Hooper.

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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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