Award

image of professor John Duchi
June 2019

Congratulations to Professor John Duchi on receiving the 2019 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award.

John's research interests span statistics, machine learning, computation, and optimization. Modern techniques for data gathering have yielded extraordinary mass and diversity of data. Yet the amount of data is no panacea; it is challenging to identify the best ways to analyze and make inferences from the information collected. How can we balance multiple criteria – such as computation, communication, or privacy –while maintaining statistical performance?

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, who have received their doctorate or equivalent degree on or after 01 January 2011, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education to the Department of the Navy's Science and Technology (S&T) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.

View 2019 ONR Young Investigator Award Recipients


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

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Mohammad Asif Zaman Stanford's 2019 Centennial TA Award Winner
June 2019

Congratulations to Mohammad Asif Zaman!

Mohammad Asif ZamanPhD candidate, is recognized for his outstanding teaching in electrical engineering. He has been awarded the 2019 Centennial Teaching Assistant Award. The award program recognizes outstanding instruction by TA's in the Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering schools.

Asif was nominated by faculty, peers, and students. He received a stipend and certificate in recognition of his extraordinary contributions as a TA in EE134: Introduction to Photonics, taught by EE Professor Lambertus Hesselink.

About Asif

Asif is a committed, and extremely organized colleague. As an instructor, he took on massive tasks to organize, repair, inventory, order, and label optical components in the lab. His effort allowed EE134 students to make the most of their experience— several indicated they chose EE as a concentration because fo their experience during the course.

A few excerpts from Asif's nominations:

  • Asif has been one of the best – if not the best – TA I have had the pleasure to co-teach with.
  • The students and faculty are deeply impressed by Asif's knowledge, support and friendly manner of teaching students the secrets of good optical experimentation.

 

 

Please join us in recognizing Asif's outstanding effort and abilities!

image of the Stanford Student Robotics Mars rover
June 2019

Congratulations to the Mars Rover Team, part of the Stanford Student Robotics Club. The team won 3rd place in the 2019 University Rover Challenge (URC) competition which took place at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah. Thirty-four teams from 10 countries competed throughout various challenges in the Utah desert.

2018 was the first time Stanford Student Robotics participated in the MRC – they placed 34th, and began immediately planning for the 2019 competition. The execution of their planning paid off, earning 3rd place this year. First place went to the IMPULS team from Poland's Kielce University of Technology.

Placing 3rd, Stanford's Student Robotics Mars Rover Team moved up thirty-one spots!

The 2019 Stanford Student Robotics Mars Rover Team members include,

  • Michal Adamkiewicz - Team Lead
  • Claire Huang - Mechanics and Software
  • Neil Movva - Electrical and Software
  • Connor Tingley - Mechanical
  • Connor Cremers - Mechanical and Software
  • Rita Tlemcani - Mechanical and Science
  • Amy Dunphy - Science
  • Alan Tomusiak - Science
  • Patin Inkaew - Mechanics
  • Derian Williams - Electrical and Mechanics
  • Jasmine Bayrooti - Software
  • Julia Thompson - Science
  • Mei-Lan Steimle - Science

As in past years, the teams and their rovers competed in four incredibly difficult and unique events,

  • Science Mission (soil and rock samples),
  • Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Mission,
  • Equipment Servicing Mission, and
  • Autonomous Traversal Mission.

"Reliability and ingenuity were the keys to success for several teams throughout the 3 day event," states the URC Mars Society website. Event judges included astrobiologists from NASA Ames Research Center.

 

Congratulations to all of the teams and participants! And an EXTRA congratulations to Stanford Student Robotics!


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portrait of professor Andrea Goldsmith
June 2019

Congratulations to Professor Andrea Goldsmith for receiving the 2019 Qualcomm Faculty Award. Andrea is the Stephen Harris Professor in the School of Engineering. Her research interests are in information theory, communication theory, and signal processing, and their application to wireless communications, interconnected systems, and neuroscience.

Andrea introduced innovative approaches to the design, analysis and fundamental performance limits of wireless systems and networks. Her efforts helped develop technologies used in long-term evolution (LTE) cellular devices as well as the Wi-Fi standards that are used in wireless local area networks. She founded two companies to commercialize her work, which has led to the adoption of her ideas throughout the communications industry.

The Qualcomm Faculty Award (QFA) supports key professors and their research through a charitable donation. The goal of the QFA funding is to advance wireless communications research and to strengthen Qualcomm's engagement with faculty who are playing a key role in Qualcomm's recruitment of top graduate students.

 

Please join us in congratulating Andrea for this award!

 

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image of Anastasios Angelopoulos (BS '19), 2018-19 Terman Scholar
May 2019

The Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Award for Scholastic Achievement was awarded to Anastasios Angelopoulos (BS '19). The Terman Award is one of the most selective academic awards. It is based on overall academic performance and is presented to the top five percent of each year's School of Engineering seniors. Anastasios is a third-year undergraduate – completing his Bachelor's degree in a reduced amount of time, while maintaining high academic performance.

Anastasios' most influential secondary instructor is Aquita Winslow, the Polytechnic School librarian, who generously spent hundreds of hours of time as his high school debate coach and was a transformative force in his life. His Stanford advisor is Professor and Chair Stephen Boyd.

Anastasios will graduate with a B.S. EE in Spring 2019.

Please join us in congratulating Anastasios on his scholastic achievements.

 

2018-2019 Terman Engineering Award also awarded to Jonathan and Meera. Read more


This award is named after Fred Terman (BS; MS Stanford) who was the fourth Dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford, serving from 1944-1958, after which he became the Provost at the University, and is generally credited, along with President Wally Sterling, as having started the process that has led Stanford to its present position among the leading universities of the world. View Frederick Terman on EE's Timeline.

incoming EE professor Chelsea Finn
May 2019

Congratulations to incoming EE and CS professor Chelsea Finn. She was awarded the 2019 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation, "Learning to Learn with Gradients." In her thesis, Finn introduced algorithms for meta-learning that enable deep networks to solve new tasks from small datasets, and demonstrated how her algorithms can be applied in areas including computer vision, reinforcement learning and robotics.

Deep learning has transformed the artificial intelligence field and has led to significant advances in areas including speech recognition, computer vision and robotics. However, deep learning methods require large datasets, which aren't readily available in areas such as medical imaging and robotics.

Meta-learning is a recent innovation that holds promise to allow machines to learn with smaller datasets. Meta-learning algorithms "learn to learn" by using past data to learn how to adapt quickly to new tasks. However, much of the initial work in meta-learning focused on designing increasingly complex neural network architectures. In her dissertation, Finn introduced a class of methods called model-agnostic meta-learning (MAML) methods, which don't require computer scientists to manually design complex architectures. Finn's MAML methods have had tremendous impact on the field and have been widely adopted in reinforcement learning, computer vision and other fields of machine learning.

At a young age, Finn has become one of the most recognized experts in the field of robotic learning. She has developed some of the most effective methods to teach robots skills to control and manipulate objects. In one instance highlighted in her dissertation, she used her MAML methods to teach a robot reaching and placing skills, using raw camera pixels from just a single human demonstration.

Finn is a Research Scientist at Google Brain and a postdoctoral researcher at the Berkeley AI Research Lab (BAIR). In the fall of 2019, she will start a full-time appointment as an Assistant Professor at Stanford University. Finn received her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Join us in congratulating Chelsea on this well-deserved award!

 

 

Source: www.acm.org/media-center/2019/may/dissertation-award-2018

image of Douglas Chaffee
May 2019

Please join us in acknowledging the tremendous dedication of Doug Chaffee. During his years as an EE staff member, Doug has supported various faculty, and scores of graduate students, visiting scholars, and post-doctoral students. His colleagues enjoy his expertise and thoroughness in many areas. In addition to his professionism, Doug has a great sense of humor and is involved in community service. Please take a moment to thank him for his valuable contributions to both Stanford and the community.

Doug is a member of the Stanford Electrical Engineering Staff (SEES) Committee which provides several social activities each year for staff. Often he acts as the event emcee, and makes great effort to involve everyone in fun, supportive activities. Doug receives many acknowledgements for his outstanding work and committment to the department.

Congratulations Doug!

May 2019

The final project for EE25N is to create a podcast episode about a theme that was covered during the quarter. EE25N exposes incoming freshmen to the myriad forms that information takes in modern academic research. Student teams combine information from lectures, lab tours and their own research into a compelling, layperson science podcast episode.

Team Go HAAM (consisting of Hamza el Boudali, Ashley Kwon, Alexa Ramachandran and Mia Bahr) had among the most difficult episode themes due to its breadth of scope and highly technical material: "information and physics." Despite a wildly disparate set of topics and little to no understanding of the material going into the class, Team Go HAAM managed to create a coherent, understandable, and enjoyable podcast episode highlighting two very different physics experiments.

In a few weeks, Team Go HAAM managed to digest dense scientific information, interview sources for follow-up questions, create a compelling narrative script, record voiceovers in the recording studio and perform very competent audio editing. When challenged to improve an initial draft, all team members willingly made time to meet with the course assistant for feedback and revisions. In the end, Team Go HAAM created a funny and accurate podcast.

 

Congratulations to Team Go HAAM!

 

 

Listen to Episode 5: The Physicists.

2019 Terman award winners Jonathan Lin and Meera Radhakrishnan
May 2019

The Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Award for Scholastic Achievement was awarded to Jonathan Taylor Lin (BS '19; MS '20) and Meera Radhakrishnan (BS '19; MS '20). The Terman Award is one of the most selective academic awards. It is based on overall academic performance and is presented to the top five percent of each year's School of Engineering seniors.

The Terman scholars celebratory luncheon took place April 27. The scholars were encouraged to invite the most influential secondary school or other pre-college teacher who guided them during the formative stages of their academic career.

 

Jonathan Taylor Lin invited his secondary teacher, Mr. Jim Birdsong. His Stanford advisor is Professor Subhasish Mitra. Jonathan will graduate with a B.S. EE in Spring 2019 and M.S. EE in Spring 2020.

 

 

Meera, 2019 Terman Award Winner, BS EE 2019

Meera Radhakrishnan's most influential secondary teacher is Mr. Christian Perry, and her Stanford advisor is Professor Dwight Nishimura. She will complete her Bachelor of Science degree in 2019 and M.S. in 2020.

 

Please join us in congratulating Jonathan and Meera on their scholastic achievements. Best to both of them!

 

2018-2019 Terman Engineering Award also awarded to Anastasios Angelopolous – Read more


 

This award is named after Fred Terman (BS; MS Stanford) who was the fourth Dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford, serving from 1944-1958, after which he became the Provost at the University, and is generally credited, along with President Wally Sterling, as having started the process that has led Stanford to its present position among the leading universities of the world. View Frederick Terman on EE's Timeline.

image of Vickie Carillo, EE staff member
May 2019

Please join us in acknowledging the tremendous dedication of Vickie Carrillo during the past 38 years. Vickie is often times the "face of EE" as she frequently greets visitors and answers their myriad of questions with grace and warmth. She has supported nearly every member of EE in one form or another: faculty, staff, students (even their parents) and campus visitors. Please take a moment to thank her for her valuable contributions.

Vickie is frequently nominated for EE Staff Awards, and a popular member of several committees. Recently, Vickie was enthusiastically nominated for the 2019 Amy J. Blue Awards and made the top 14 out of 260 nominees. From the perspective of this writer – she is #1.

 

We are honored to have Vickie as a member of the Electrical Engineering Staff. Please join us in acknowledging Vickie's important contributions and years of dedicated service.

Photo credit: Meo Kittiwanich

 

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