Award

image of Stanford undergrad students Andrew Zelaya, Felipe Bomfim Pinheiro de Meneses, and James Milan Kanof
April 2019

Congratulations to undergrads Andrew Zelaya, Felipe Bomfim Pinheiro de Meneses, and James Milan Kanof - they have been selected as Introductory Seminars Excellence Award winners! Their "Art and Science of Engineering Design, EE15N" project addressed an important and timely problem for Stanford students, and created a truly unique, compelling, and powerful solution.

"This was one of the most memorable projects from all EE15n classes as it was so uplifting to watch the team come together and create something so special," stated EE15N instructors, Professor Goldsmith and Dr. My T. Le.

For their project, they worked with students, academics, journalists, and filmmakers to design a solution from the ground up to address the root causes of why students do not care about being informed of important global issues. The team's final design centered around building empathy for those most affected by global issues via two components:

  • First, they created a custom Virtual Reality Experience that allows students to experience global issues around the world firsthand.
  • Second, they built a custom online platform that focuses on the human cost of these issues, how they affect the Stanford community, and how students can help.

 

Please join us in congratulating Andrew, Felipe and James on their compelling creation – we look forward to their future contributions!

About the Introductory Seminars Excellence Award

Each academic year, faculty nominate exemplary student projects for an introductory seminars excellence award. All winners are invited to an annual spring awards ceremony that celebrates the diverse and innovative learning experiences across all introductory seminar courses.

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image of professor Srabanti Chowdhury
April 2019

Professor Srabanti Chowdhury has been awarded the Gabilan Faculty Fellowship. The Gabilan Fellows comprise a group of faculty whose aim is to contribute to the support of women in the sciences and engineering at Stanford. Srabanti was appointed by Provost Persis Drell and Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity Karen Cook. Gabilan Fellows have the opportunity to be part of a collegial and vibrant community from the biosciences, engineering, and natural and mathematical sciences.

Srabanti's research focuses on wideband gap (WBG) materials and device engineering for energy efficient and compact system architecture for power electronics, and RF applications. Besides Gallium Nitride, her group is exploring Diamond for various electronic applications. She received her B.Tech in India in Radiophysics and Electronics (Univ. of Calcutta) and her M.S and PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara. She received the DARPA Young Faculty Award, NSF CAREER and AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) in 2015. In 2016 she received the Young Scientist award at the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS). Among her various synergistic activities, she serves as the member of two committees under IEEE Electron Device Society (Compound Semiconductor Devices & Circuits Committee Members and Power Devices and ICs Committee). She has served the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) technical sub committee on Power Devices & Compound Semiconductor and High Speed Devices (PC) sub-committee in 2016 and 2017. She was the PC subcommittee chair for IEDM-2018, and continues to serve the IEDM executive committee for 2019. She is a senior member of IEEE.

 

Please join us in congratulating Srabanti on her well-deserved recognition!

 

image of Mendel Rosenblum [image credit: ACM]
April 2019

Professor Mendel Rosenblum has been awarded the inaugural ACM Charles P. Thacker Breakthrough Award. The award recognizes individuals or groups with the same out-of-the-box thinking and "can-do" approach to solving the unsolved that Charles Thacker exhibited. Mendel is the DRC Professor in the School of Engineering, Professor of Computer Science, and Professor of Electrical Engineering. He will formally receive the award at ACM's annual Awards Banquet in June, 2019.

Mendel is recognized for reinventing the virtual machine for the modern era and thereby revolutionizing datacenters and enabling modern cloud computing. In the late 1990s, Rosenblum and his students brought virtual machines back to life by using them to solve challenging technical problems in building system software for scalable multiprocessors. In 1998, Rosenblum and colleagues founded VMware. VMware popularized the use of virtual machines as a means of supporting many disparate software environments to share processor resources within a datacenter. This approach ultimately led to the development of modern cloud computing services such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

"The new paradigm of cloud computing, in which computing services are delivered over the internet, has been one of the most important developments in the computing industry over the past 20 years," said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake. "Cloud computing has vastly improved the efficiency of systems, reduced costs, and been essential to the operations of businesses at all levels. However, cloud computing, as we know it today, would not be possible without Rosenblum's reinvention of virtual machines. His leadership, both through his early research at Stanford and his founding of VMware, has been indispensable to the rise of datacenters and the preeminence of the cloud."

 

Please join us in congratulating Mendel for this well-deserved recognition!

 

Excerpted from "Inaugural ACM Chuck Thacker Breakthrough Award Recognizes Fundamental Contributions that Enabled Cloud Computing", ACM's Latest Awards News, April 10, 2019.


 

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March 2019

Professor Jelena Vuckovic has been named MPQ Distinguished Scholar, 2019. She leads the Stanford's Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab and is Director of Q-FARM (Quantum Fundamentals, Architecture and Machines), a facility of the Stanford-SLAC Quantum Initiative. Jelena is currently a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics.

The MPQ award recognizes her groundbreaking contributions to the field of Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics. Jelena is the 7th scientist awarded this honor since the Institute was funded. Previous Distinguished Scholars 

 

Please join us in congratulating Jelena on her tremendous research contributions!

About the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

Research concentrates on the interaction of light and matter under extreme conditions. One focus is the high-precision spectroscopy of hydrogen. In the course of these measurements Prof. Theodor W. Hänsch developed the frequency comb technique for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2005. Other experiments aim at capturing single atoms and photons and letting them interact in a controlled way, thus paving the way towards future quantum computers. Theorists on the other hand are working on strategies to communicate quantum information in a most efficient way. They develop algorithms that allow the safe encryption of secret information. MPQ scientists also investigate the bizarre properties quantum-mechanical many-body systems can take on at extremely low temperatures (about one millionth Kelvin above zero). Finally light flashes with the incredibly short duration of several attoseconds (1 as is a billionth of a billionth of a second) are generated which make it possible, for example, to observe quantum-mechanical processes in atoms such as the 'tunnelling' of electrons or atomic transitions in real time.

 

Excerpted from "Jelena Vučković named MPQ Distinguished Scholar", Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, March 28, 2019.


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March 2019

Electrical Engineering staff recognized for their outstanding effort include Chet Frost, Joe Little, Rachelle Mozeleski, Helen Niu, and Ryan Samarakoon. Each were nominated by peers, faculty and/or students for professionalism that went above and beyond their everyday roles. Gift card recipients continue to make profound and positive impact in EE's everyday work and academic environment.

Nominations may be submitted at any time. There are no restrictions on the 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. Link to very brief nomination form.

Please join us in congratulating Chet, Joe, Rachelle, Helen and Ryan. Excerpts from their nominations follow.

Chet Frost, Administrative Associate, Electrical Engineering

  • "Chet is always quick to respond – and always with a sense of humor and kindness."
  • "He always goes out of his way to help our group meet requirements and deadlines."

Joe Little, Principal Systems Architect, Electrical Engineering

  • "Joe always has our back; he was able to fix all my issues really quickly."
  • "He is extremely capable, responsive and efficient."

Rachelle Mozeleski, Web Content Manager, Electrical Engineering

  • "Rachelle's creativity and extensive work on her projects is amazing."
  • "As part of the SEES Committee, she helped transform the annual faculty & staff party into an unparalleled event."

Helen Niu, Administrative Associate, Electrical Engineering

  • "She has found solutions for new practices, and established efficient procedures moving forward."
  • "Helen is positive, helpful, understanding, and always goes the extra mile."

Ryan Samarakoon, Life Science Research Lab Manager, Neurosurgery

  • "Ryan's role is critical and has great complexities - he does a phenomenal job and I trust him completely."
  • "He manages our experiments efficiently and works very hard to make it easy for us."

 

 

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! We encourage you to nominate individuals or groups that have made a profound improvement in daily work life. Each recipient receives a $50 Visa card. Nominations can be made at any time.

image of EE Staff Award winners, March 2019

professor emeritus Arogyaswami Paulraj
February 2019

Professor Emeritus Arogyaswami Paulraj has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Radio Communications Committee (RCC) Technical Recognition Award. The award was conferred in December at the IEEE Globecom'18 in Abu Dhabi.

His award citation reads, "For seminal contributions to the theory and practice of multiantenna communications systems".

The Radio Communications Committee (RCC) Technical Recognition Award aims to promote radio communications research and development activities in both the academic and industrial community. This award is established as part of the RCC activities in which research and development takes place in areas related to radio communications. The award recognizes members of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) who have made outstanding contributions to the technological advancement of radio communications.

 

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

professor emeritus thomas kailath
February 2019

Professor Emeritus Thomas Kailath has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Radio Communications Committee (RCC) Technical Recognition Award. The award was conferred in December at the IEEE Globecom'18 in Abu Dhabi.

His award citation reads, "for exceptional contributions to research and education in radio communications".

The Radio Communications Committee (RCC) Technical Recognition Award aims to promote radio communications research and development activities in both the academic and industrial community. This award is established as part of the RCC activities in which research and development takes place in areas related to radio communications. The award recognizes members of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) who have made outstanding contributions to the technological advancement of radio communications.

 

Congratulations to Tom on this well-deserved award!

 

 

EE and CS Professor Mary Wootters
February 2019

Mary Wootters has been selected as a 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Computer Science. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has selected 126 outstanding researchers as recipients of the 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships. Awarded yearly since 1955, the fellowships honor early-career scolars whose achievements mark them as among the most promising researchers in their fields.

"Sloan Research Fellows are the best young scientists working today," says Adam F. Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "Sloan Fellows stand out for their creativity, for their hard work, for the importance of the issues they tackle, and the energy and innovation with which they tackle them. To be a Sloan Fellow is to be in the vanguard of twenty-first century science."

Awarded 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 winning fellows are selected by an independent panel of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate's independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become a leader in his or her field.

Valued not only for their prestige, Sloan Research Fellowships are a highly flexible source of research support. Funds may be spent in any way a Fellow deems will best advance his or her work. "What young researchers need is freedom to follow where their research leads," says Daniel L. Goroff, director of the Sloan Research Fellowship program at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "Find the brightest young minds and trust them to do what they do best. That is the Sloan Research Fellowship.

Congratulations to Mary for this outstanding achievement!


 

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. www.sloan.org

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Press Release

Constantin Dory, PhD candidate and 2019 Microsoft Research PhD Fellow
January 2019

Congratulations Constantin Dory (PhD candidate)! He has been selected as a 2019 Microsoft Research PhD Fellow. Constantin is part of the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab.

Constantin investigates color centers in diamond and silicon carbide to utilize them as quantum bits and single photon sources for quantum information processing, which will enable exponential speed-up in a wide range of computing applications. To integrate color centers on a chip, he's breaking new grounds in fabrication and design techniques to develop efficiently integrated photonics. Artificial intelligence and machine learning-based algorithms design the circuits of the future by engaging the full parameter space. To realize these designs using diamond and silicon carbide (materials that are new to photonics), Constantin developed fabrication methods in the Stanford Nanofabrication Facilities. He characterizes these devices at cryogenic temperatures in quantum optics labs and utilize them as spin-photon interfaces, or to generate nonclassical light. His current efforts are on developing large-scale quantum optical experiments involving several color centers entangled in a quantum circuit. Ultimately, he hopes to make progress toward the applications of color centers in universal quantum computers, quantum repeaters, and quantum transducers.

From the Microsoft Research Blog, Constantin states, "The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship gives me the opportunity to take my research to the highest level by supplementing my Stanford experience with a perspective that only a global player such as Microsoft can provide. A close bond with Microsoft will allow me to learn how my research may be relevant to immediate industrial applications and what I should be focusing on during my PhD to make the most meaningful impact."

 

Please join us in congratulating Constantin on his tremendous achievement!

 

 

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December 2018

Congratulations to Professor Jennifer Widom for receiving the 2018 Erna Hamburger Prize from the EPFL-WISH Foundation. The award acknowledges her significant contributions and research in data management and analysis. Award honorees are celebrated for their dedication to informing, educating and motivating other women in science. Jennifer is the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the School of Engineering, and a staunch advocate of education for all, which she supports through MOOCs and by taking her teaching to other parts of the world.

Prior to becoming Dean, she visited 15 countries – including Bangladesh, Chile, India, Tanzania and Nigeria – for an "instructional odyssey." She gave short courses and workshops at universities and other institutions in her areas of expertise: big data, design thinking and collaborative problem solving.

"I commend the EPFL-WISH Foundation for creating the Erna Hamburger prize to honor women in science and humanities," said Professor Widom. "Professor Hamburger is an inspiration. I'm flattered and humbled to join the truly distinguished list of recipients of the prize in her name."

EGFL-WISH Foundation established the Erna Hamburger Prize in 2006 in honor of the first female professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

 

Please join us in congratulating Jennifer on this meaningful honor!

 

 

Excerpted from Stanford's "Dean Jennifer Widom receives the 2018 Erna Hamburger Prize", December 12, 2018 and EPFL's "A MOOC pioneer honored at EPFL" August 8, 2018.

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