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EE Student Information, Spring Quarter through Academic Year 2020-2021: FAQs and Updated EE Course List.

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Award

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February 2021

Congratulations to Beverly Davis, John DeSilva, Kenny Green, Helen Niu, and Lisa Sickorez! They received nominations from faculty, staff and students, who appreciate their commitment and willingness to go above and beyond the ordinary! Excerpts from the nominations are below.

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

Beverly Davis

  • Beverly leads with efficiency and administrative experience.
  • She lights up our office meetings with her exuberance and kindness; making our lab group a warm and welcoming community.

John DeSilva

  • John is a "super-facilitator"!
  • He is proactive and keeps an eye our for things that need to be done in the office, whether or not related to IT. He is always willing to say 'yes'.

Kenny Green

  • He's always very responsive whenever we have any issue with our lab or office space. Glad I get to work with him!
  • Kenny's always very prompt and knowledgeable, not to mention an all around funny and nice guy!

Helen Niu

  • Once Helen undertakes a task, one can always be sure the task will be completed correctly and in time.
  • She is a thorough, knowledgeable and responsible individual.

Lisa Sickorez

  • No doubt Lisa is the hardest working person in EE! She doesn't let anything fall through the cracks.
  • Lisa monitors a great deal of department business and keeps all 120+ of us on track. I really appreciate her proactivity and thoughtfulness.

 image of our exemplary staff!*

*All photos were taken from our photo library and are pre-Covid.

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 Amazon gift card. Nominations can be made 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.

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February 2021
Professor John Hennessy and Professor David Patterson (University of California, Berkeley) have received the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Information and Communications Technologies. Their citation reads, "for turning computer architecture into a science and designing the processors that power today’s devices. […] They conceived the scientific field of computer architecture, motivated a systematic and quantitative design approach to system performance, created a style of reduced instruction set processors that has transformed how industry builds computer systems, and have made transformative advancements in computer reliability and in large-scale system coherence”. 
 
“Professors John Hennessy and David Patterson are synonymous with the inception and formalization of this field,” the citation reads. “Before their work, the design of computers – and in particular the measurement of computer performance – was more of an art than a science, and practitioners lacked a set of repeatable principles to conceptualize and evaluate computer designs. Patterson and Hennessy provided, for the first time, a conceptual framework that gave the field a grounded approach towards measuring a computer’s performance, energy efficiency, and complexity.”

The new laureates’ scientific contributions had their didactic parallel in a landmark textbook, Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, which three decades on from its first release and after six editions with regularly updated content, is still considered “the bible” for the discipline in universities around the world.
 
 
Please join us in congratulating John on his extraordinary contributions to teaching, industry, and innovation.
 
 
 
Excerpted from: BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, February 2021.

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February 2021

Professor Kunle Olukotun has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, "for contributions to on-chip multiprocessor architectures and advancement to commercial realization." Kunle will be formally inducted during the NAE's annual meeting on October 3.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Hearty congratulations to Kunle on this well-deserved recognition!

 

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February 2021

Congratulations to Chuan-Zheng Lee (PhD candidate) and Leighton Pate Barnes (PhD candidate) on receiving the IEEE GLOBECOM 2020 Selected Areas of Communications Symposium Best Paper Award. Their paper is titled "Over-the-Air Statistical Estimation." Professor Ayfer Özgür is their advisor and co-author.

The award was presented by the IEEE GLOBECOM 2020 Awards Committee and IEEE GLOBECOM 2020 Organizing Committee.

 

Please join us in congratulating Ayfer, Chuan-Zheng, and Leighton on receiving this prestigious best paper award!

IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) Best Paper Award Winners

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January 2021

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Martin Hellman. He has been selected as a 2020 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow.

The ACM Fellows program recognizes the top 1% of ACM Members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. Fellows are nominated by their peers, with nominations reviewed by a distinguished selection committee.

"This year our task in selecting the 2020 Fellows was a little more challenging, as we had a record number of nominations from around the world," explained ACM President Gabriele Kotsis. "The 2020 ACM Fellows have demonstrated excellence across many disciplines of computing. These men and women have made pivotal contributions to technologies that are transforming whole industries, as well as our personal lives. We fully expect that these new ACM Fellows will continue in the vanguard in their respective fields."

 

Excerpted from ACM.org's "2020 ACM Fellows Recognized for Work that Underpins Today's Computing Innovations".

 

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

 

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December 2020
Professor Nick McKeown will receive the 2021 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell medal, for exceptional contributions to communications and networking sciences and engineering. The IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal was established in 1976, in commemoration of the centennial of the telephone's invention, to provide recognition for outstanding contributions to telecommunications.
 
The award will be presented to Nick at a future IEEE Honors Ceremony.
 
Nick researches techniques to improve the Internet. Most of this work has focused on the architecture, design, analysis, and implementation of high-performance Internet switches and routers. More recently, his interests have broadened to include network architecture, backbone network design, congestion control; and how the Internet might be redesigned if we were to start with a clean slate.
 
Please join us in congratulating Nick on this well-deserved honor!
  

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November 2020

Congratulations to Professor Chelsea Finn. She has been awarded an inaugural Samsung AI Researcher of the Year award. Presented at Samsung AI Forum 2020, the five recipients are AI researchers from around the world.

At the event, Chelsea's lecture was titled, "From Few-Shot Adaptation to Uncovering Symmetries". In her lecture, she introduced meta learning technologies in which AI, in spite of changes in data, can adapt swiftly to untrained data, and proceeded to share success stories of the application of these technologies in the areas of robotics and new drug candidate material design.

Chelsea's research interests lie in the ability to enable robots and other agents to develop broadly intelligent behavior through learning and interaction. Her work lies at the intersection of machine learning and robotic control, including topics such as end-to-end learning of visual perception and robotic manipulation skills, deep reinforcement learning of general skills from autonomously collected experience, and meta-learning algorithms that can enable fast learning of new concepts and behaviors.

Please join us in congratulating Chelsea on this well-deserved distinction! Additional awards went to Prof. Kyunghyun Cho (New York University), Prof. Seth Flaxman (Imperial College London), Prof. Jiajun Wu (Stanford), and Prof. Cho-Jui Hsieh (UCLA).

Excerpted from Samsung Newsroom, "[Samsung AI Forum 2020] Day 1: How AI Can Make a Meaningful Impact on Real World Issues"

 

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July 2020

Congratulations to postdoctoral research fellow Lei Gu, PhD '19. Lei received the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) PhD Thesis Talk Award. His talk, "Design Considerations for Radio Frequency Power Converters" can be viewed online at IEEE-PELS.org.

Dr. Lei Gu is a researcher in professor Juan Rivas-Davila's SUPER Lab.

The IEEE PELS Digital Media Committee invites video submissions for the IEEE PELS Prize Ph.D. Thesis Talk. The goal of this competition is to showcase Ph.D. projects to the entire power electronics community - both in academia and industry. Five IEEE PELS P3 Talks are awarded each year. (source: ieee-pels.org/images/files/pdf/P3_Talks_Write_Up_4-27.pdf

Read more about the P3 award

 

Please join us in congratulating Lei on his award!

 

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July 2020

Congratulations to EE MS candidate Nicolo Zulaybar! He is a recipient of the David L. Boren Fellowship.

As a Boren Fellow, he will study Mandarin at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Through the fellowship, he intends to further improve his language skills by auditing Chinese lectures and getting involved with student organizations.

"It's an honor and privilege to receive this Boren Fellowship," Zulaybar said. "In this time of global challenges, it feels all the more urgent that people get involved with government to solve the problems facing their communities. I appreciate how Boren both supports my placement in federal service and prepares me for my role with cultural skills I can use to problem-solve with America's international partners. It complements my technical education in this way."

Zulaybar is from Los Angeles. He graduated from Stanford in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. As an undergraduate, he was a research associate in Assistant Professor of Chemistry Yan Xia's Polymer Chemistry Lab, as well as a member of the Alpha Chi Sigma professional fraternity.

Nicolo is one of five Stanford students who are the recipients of the 2020 Boren Awards. Two are graduate students, and will receive David L. Boren Fellowships and three are undergraduates who will receive David L. Boren Scholarships.

Congratulations to Nicolo and his Boren Awards colleagues!

 

Excerpted from "Five Stanford students receive 2020 Boren Awards," June 25, 2020

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July 2020

Congratulations to Professor Thomas Lee. He has been awarded the IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award for "pioneering CMOS technology for high-performance wireless circuits and systems."

The IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the fundamentals of any aspect of electronic circuits and systems that has a long-term significance or impact.

Tom is the principal investigator of the SMIrC Lab, which has been a driving force in developing the theory of radio frequency (RF) CMOS integrated circuit design as well as in educating tomorrow's RFIC designers.

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

 

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