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Award

image of Professor Pat Hanrahan, 2019 Turing Award winner
March 2020

Congratulations to professor Pat Hanrahan and Ed Catmull

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) named Pat Hanrahan and Edwin (Ed) Catmull recipients of the 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to 3-D computer graphics, and revolutionary impact of these techniques on computer-generated imagery (CGI) in filmmaking and other applications.

Pat Hanrahan, Canon Professor in the School of Engineering, said "The announcement came totally out of the blue and I am very proud to accept the Turing Award. It is a great honor, but I must give credit to a generation of computer graphics researchers and practitioners whose work and ideas influenced me over the years."

"All of us at Stanford are tremendously proud of Pat and his accomplishments, and I am delighted that he and his colleague Ed Catmull are being recognized with the prestigious Turing Award," said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. "Pat has made pioneering contributions to the field of computer graphics. His work has had a profound impact on filmmaking and has created new artistic possibilities in film, video games, virtual reality and more."

The ACM A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing," carries a $1 million prize, with financial support provided by Google, Inc. It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing.

Please join us in congratulating Pat and Ed on receiving the 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award.

 

Excerpted from ACM Turing Award and news.stanford.edu/2020/03/18/pat-hanrahan-wins-turing-award/

 

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image of Meo Kittiwanich, 2020 Shah Award winner
March 2020

Congratulations to Meo Kittiwaniwich, director of student and academic affairs, at Stanford's Department of Electrical Engineering (EE). Meo manages EE's student services team that oversees admissions, degree progress, course scheduling and financial aid.

The Shah Award recognizes School of Engineering staff for outstanding competence, dedication, and accomplishments. Engineering Dean Jennifer Widom stated in her announcement, "We are fortunate to have a superb staff at Stanford Engineering, so selecting the winners is never an easy task! Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals and thanking them for their commitment and service to the school."

Excerpts from Meo's nominators include, "Meo has always been a wonderful, collaborative colleague. But this past year she was the "quiet anchor" in the midst of intense challenges." Colleagues also cited Meo's calm compassion for all of those in our community, as well as her knowledge of the university, and a collaborative style that make her "an amazing and important colleague."

 

Please join us in congratulating Meo on her tremendous commitment to EE, her colleagues, and Stanford's students.

professor Srabanti Chowdhury
February 2020

Professor Srabanti Chowdhury has been selected as a 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has selected 126 outstanding researchers across eight fields as recipients of the 2020 Sloan Research Fellowships.

Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships honor scholars in the U.S. and Canada whose creativity, leadership, and independent research achievements make them some of the most promising researchers working today. A full list of the 2020 Fellows cohort is available at https://sloan.org/fellowships/2020-Fellows.

"To receive a Sloan Research Fellowship is to be told by your fellow scientists that you stand out among your peers," says Adam F. Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "A Sloan Research Fellow is someone whose drive, creativity, and insight makes them a researcher to watch."

Open to scholars in eight scientific and technical fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics—the Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded in close coordination with the scientific community. Candidates must be nominated by their fellow scientists and winners are selected by independent panels of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate's research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become a leader in his or her field.

 

Congratulations to Srabanti for this outstanding achievement!

 

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professor John Duchi
February 2020
Professor John Duchi has been award the inaugural SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Early Career Prize (SIAG/OPT Early Career Prize). The prize was established in 2018 and is awarded every three years to an outstanding early career researcher in the field of optimization for distinguished contributions to the field in the six calendar years prior to the award year.

John Duchi’s citation reads, "The selection committee wishes to recognize you for your deep and important contributions to convex, nonconvex, and stochastic optimization as well as to the statistical foundations of optimization methods for data science.”


John’s research areas span statistical learning, optimization, information theory, and computation. Please join us in acknowledging John for this special achievement.
 
 

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a few of our amazing staff!
January 2020

Congratulations to Chet Frost, Jim McVittie, Rieko Sasaki, and Suzanne Sims. They received several nominations from appreciative faculty, staff and students, praising their commitment that goes above and beyond the ordinary! Excerpts from the nominations are below.

The staff gift card recipients make profound and positive impact in our department's everyday work and academic environment.
Please join us in congratulating each of them.


 

Chet Frost, Faculty Administrator, Electrical Engineering

  • "Chet is efficient, upbeat, easy to work with, patient, pleasant, and an excellent problem solver!"
  • His attitude towards handling both his regular and any excess work, is beyond outstanding.

Jim McVittie, Senior Scientist, Electrical Engineering

  • He is a miracle worker when it comes to maintaining and fixing tools– our lab would not run without him!
  • Jim is a one-man maintenance machine! His contributions to Allen labs and SNF is unparalleled.

Rieko Sasaki, Faculty Administrator, Electrical Engineering

  • She is a great asset to our team!
  • Rieko has generously cleaned up many projects that others left unfinished, and she handles it all with a positive, genuinely helpful attitude.

Suzanne Sims, Faculty Administrator, Electrical Engineering

  • Whenever she has an opportunity to organize and/or optimize, she does – and always to the benefit of everyone.
  • Suzanne is extremely supportive, and a valuable resource to the department.

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 have been recognized for going above and beyond their role. Staff are chosen from nominations received from faculty, students, and staff. Past nominations are eligible for future months.

Consider nominating a deserving staff person, or group, today. Each recipient receives a $50 Visa card. Nominations can be made at any time.

Nominations may be submitted at any time. There are no restrictions on the quantity, persons or groups that you can nominate. Submitters are asked to include a citation of how the group or person went above and beyond. The submitter can choose to remain anonymous. Nominate a deserving colleague today.

PROF MENDEL ROSENBLUM
January 2020

Congratulations to Professor Mendel Rosenblum. He has been elected to the 2019 Class of National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellows.

The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Election to NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. To date, NAI Fellows hold more than 41,500 issued U.S. patents, which have generated over 11,000 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than 36 million jobs. In addition, over $1.6 trillion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries.

"Congratulations to the 2019 class of NAI Fellows," said Laura A. Peter, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). "It is a privilege to welcome these exceptionally-qualified individuals to this prestigious organization. I am certain their accomplishments will inspire the next generation of invention pioneers."

Mendel's research interests include system software, distributed systems, and computer architecture. He has published research in the area of disk storage management, computer simulation techniques, scalable operating system structure, virtualization computer security, and mobility.

Please join us in congratulating Mendel for this wonderful distinction!


 

Excerpted from National Academy of Inventors, Press Release, December 2019. 

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Umran Inan (Image source: http://mustafaprize.org/media/?id=2053)
December 2019

Our emeritus colleague Umran Inan, the long-time president of Koc University, has been awarded the 2019 Mustafa Prize.

The Mustafa Prize is awarded in five categories of information and communication science and technology, life and medical science and technology, Nano-science and nanotechnology and all areas of science and technology and scientists from Islamic countries.

These areas include the following UNESCO fields of education: natural sciences, mathematics, and statistics; information and communication technologies; engineering, manufacturing, and construction; agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary; health and welfare as well as cognitive science and Islamic economics and banking.

The event aims to improve scientific relations between academics and researchers in order to facilitate the growth of science in the Islamic world.

The prize is given every two years; previous recipients from outside of Iran included Professors Omar Yaghi of UC Berkeley, Erol Gelenbe of Imperial College and Amin Shokrollahi of EPFL.

 

Please join us in congratulating Umran!

 

 

Source: APNEWS.com, "Iran awards prestigious prize to 2 US-educated scientists"

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professor Jelena Vučković
December 2019

Congratulations to Professor Jelena Vučković! She has been awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize. She will develop an on-chip integrated pulsed laser, which will revolutionize photonic technology and the applications that require these lasers, such as medicine, optical communications, quantum computing and self-driving cars.

Currently Ti:sapph lasers are bulky, expensive, table-top lasers, which can be limiting to applications such as LIDAR and microscopy. Jelena and her team are aiming to create a miniature version, which would have a total volume smaller than a cubic centimeter. This would have a major impact on photonic technology and society, by decreasing the cost and footprint of such lasers.

The new miniature lasers could also be applied to and used in several applications, such as miniaturized and inexpensive sensors in self-driving cars, which would make such LIDAR systems accessible to everyone; to pump quantum light sources for secure quantum communications where eavesdropping can be detected; and as compact sources for brain microscopy and imaging.

Jelena said: "I am tremendously honored to receive the A F Harvey Prize from the IET, and to be selected among the shortlisted group of very distinguished scientists. This prize will be used to support my lab's work on implementation of miniaturized and inexpensive ultrafast lasers – the greatest challenge of integrated photonics, which could revolutionize many applications, from self-driving cars, to neuroscience and to quantum technologies."

Sir John O'Reilly, Chair of the IET's Selection Committee for the Prize, said: "Professor Jelena Vuckovic's pioneering work on inverse photonic design is transforming our approach to the design and realization of new high-performance integrated systems - with wide-ranging applications in communications, lidar, quantum systems and the like. She and her team at Stanford have developed inverse methods that cut the design time dramatically, thereby opening new vistas and radically different approaches to realization of elements not previously conceived. Finally, we see in prospect photonics realizing its untapped potential, helping us to 'engineer a better world'."

The IET's A F Harvey Research Prize, worth £350,000, is named after Dr A F Harvey who bequeathed a generous sum of money to the IET for a trust fund to be set up in his name for the furtherance of scientific research into the fields of Radar and Microwaves; Lasers and Optoelectronics; Medical Engineering.

Jelena will present a prize lecture on her research at IET London: Savoy Place on 16 March 2020.

 

Please join us in recognizing Jelena for her extraordinary research!

 

Excerpted from IET Press Release, "Electrical engineer awarded £350,000 research grant to create revolutionary miniature on-chip laser," Dec. 9, 2019.

 

EE Prof. H.S.- Philip Wong
October 2019

Professor H.S. Philip Wong has been awarded the IEEE Electron Devices Society J.J. Ebers Award. This is the society's highest honor recognizing outstanding technical contributions to the field of electron devices that have made a lasting impact.

The award will be presented to Philip at the 2019 International Electron Devices Meeting in December. The Jewell James Ebers Award was established in 1971 with the intention to foster progress in electron devices and to commemorate the life activities of Jewell James Ebers, whose distinguished contributions, particularly in the transistor art, shaped the understanding and technology of electron devices.

Philip is the Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor in the School of Engineering. He is professor of Electrical Engineering and affiliate faculty of Bio-X, Precourt Institute for Energy, and Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. Philip's present research covers a broad range of topics including carbon electronics, 2D layered materials, wireless implantable biosensors, directed self-assembly, nanoelectromechanical relays, device modeling, brain-inspired computing, and non-volatile memory devices such as phase change memory and metal oxide resistance change memory.

Please join us in congratulating Philip on this well-deserved honor!

 

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image of emeritus prof Stephen E Harris
September 2019

Emeritus Professor Stephen E. Harris, the Kenneth and Barbara Oshman Professor in the School of Engineering, has been awarded the 2020 Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics. He will receive the award at the 2020 Physics of Quantum Electronics (PQE) Golden Jubilee - the 50th year of the annual meeting.

Stephen joined our faculty after completing his PhD (and MS) in Electrical Engineering at Stanford. He is known for his contributions to electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT)– a technique for eliminating the effect of a medium on a propagating beam of electromagnetic radiation. Additionally, he is known for his collaboration with others, producing results in many areas, including lasers, quantum electronics, atomic physics, and nonlinear optics.

Stephen E. Harris is part of Stanford's Ginzton Lab, Q-FARM, and emeritus professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics.

 

Please join us in recognizing Stephen for his tremendous contributions to a variety of scientific fields!

Photo of Professor Stephen E. Harris, date unknown. source: SALLIE, Stanford's Image Exchange.

 

 

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