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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.

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.

December 2018

Please join us in congratulating Professor Benjamin Van Roy on his elevation to IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to reinforcement learning and approximate dynamic programming. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields. Recently, Ben received the Stanford Management Science and Engineering Graduate Teaching Award, and the Stanford Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He also received the NSF CAREER Award in 2000.

Ben's research focuses on understanding how an agent interacting with a poorly understood environment can learn over time to make effective decisions. He is interested in the design of efficient reinforcement learning algorithms and stochastic control. He also leads the DeepMind Research team in Mountain View, and has led research programs at Unica (acquired by IBM), Enuvis (acquired by SiRF), and Morgan Stanley.


Please join us in congratulating Ben on his well-deserved recognition!


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EE staff are awesome!!
December 2018

Please join us in congratulating the Electrical Engineering staff recognized for their outstanding effort – Vickie Carillo, Steven Clark, Ann Guerra, Kara Marquez, and LaToya Powell.

Each of them 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 the extraordinary work being done by Vickie, Steven, Ann, Kara, and LaToya!
Modified excerpts from their nominations follow.

Vickie Carillo, Administrative Associate
• "Vickie is always behind the scenes, making sure everything is organized and taken care of."
• She is one of the reasons our department runs so smoothly!

Steven Clark, Instructional Labs Manager
• "Steve brings enthusiasm and fun into being part of EE."
• He gives great options to students, and is terrific to have his help prepping labs.

Ann Guerra, Faculty Administrator
• "Ann is very welcoming and efficient. She's a great resource to have!"
• She handles complicated matters quickly, without errors and is always professional.

Kara Marquez, Faculty Administrator
• "Kara's awesome; I feel lucky to work with her!"
• She takes care of a myriad of tasks—from booking international travel to buying equipment and remodeling!

LaToya Powell, Graduate Admissions Officer
• "Even during her busiest times, LaToya is gracious and helpful, always giving her fullest effort."
• She thinks beyond the status quo – helping to shape the department for a successful future.

Please join us in congratulating each of 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. 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.



November 2018

Please join us in congratulating Jelena Vuckovic on her elevation to IEEE Fellow. She is being recognized for contributions to experimental nano and quantum photonics. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields. Jelena received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2006, the Humboldt Prize in 2010, and the Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship in 2013. In addition to her research activities, she helped to organize, and participated, in the 2017 Rising Stars in EECS Academic Conference.

Jelena leads the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab. She is also a faculty member of the Ginzton Lab, PULSE Institute, SIMES Institute, and Bio-X. Jelena is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics - MPQ (in Munich, Germany), and of the scientific advisory board of the Ferdinand Braun Institute (in Berlin, Germany). Currently, she is also an Associate Editor of ACS Photonics, and a member of the editorial advisory board of Nature Quantum Information. Her research areas include • nanophotonics, quantum information, quantum technology, quantum optics, Integrated quantum photonics, photonics inverse design, nonlinear optics, optoelectronics, cavity QED.


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


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October 2018

Professor emeritus Thomas Kailath was awarded the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Simon Ramo Founders Award. "For pioneering contributions to diverse fields of electrical engineering and for leadership in technology commercialization and in engineering education, guiding a stellar array of young scholars". The award ceremony was held during NAE's annual meeting.

Tom's acceptance remarks acknowledged his discovery of Simon Ramo and John Whinnery's 1944 textbook, Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics.

The Simon Ramo Founders Award recognizes achievement and is the most pretigious award from NAE. The Founders Award was established in 1965 by the Academy to honor an outstanding NAE member or foreign member who has upheld the ideals and principles of the NAE through professional, educational, and personal achievement and accomplishment. In 2013, the award was renamed after SImon Ramo, who was at the time the only surviving founding member of the NAE. He was a member of a committee of 25 that in 1964 advocated for establishing the National Academy of Engineering, which operates under the same congressional charter that governs the National Academy of Sciences.


Tom Kailath's acceptance remarks are available on the 2018 Simon Ramo Founders Award Acceptance Remarks page.


Please join us in congratulating Tom on this outstanding accomplishment!

October 2018

Professor Jelena Vuckovic has received NSF grants for two quantum research projects.

Many of today's technologies rely on the interaction of matter and energy at extremely small scales. Quantum mechanics studies nature at such scales -- at least a million times smaller than the width of a human hair -- allowing researchers to observe, manipulate and control the behavior of particles. Next-generation technologies for communication, computing and sensing will exploit interactions among particles in quantum systems, offering the promise of dramatic increases in accuracy and efficiency.

NSF-funded researchers will explore new ways to detect photons, build bio-inspired circuits, develop light-based communication systems and more. The new awards support multi-disciplinary research through two efforts: Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE)-Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (TAQS) effort, and RAISE-Engineering Quantum Integrated Platforms for Quantum Communication (EQuIP) effort.

Some of the supported research teams will study new possibilities about the behavior of quantum states. Others will investigate new ways to stabilize quantum systems, making them more useful for technological applications. Both efforts support training of the future quantum workforce.

Jelena's projects are both within the RAISE-TAQS effort. RAISE-TAQS will support several projects for innovative approaches, experimental demonstrations and transformative advances that will help lead to systems and proof-of-concept validations in quantum sensing, communication, computing and simulations.

The NSF RAISE-TAQS effort is at the intersection of multiple disciplines and is designed to encourage scientists to pursue exploratory, cutting-edge concepts. It is meant to build a strong community of team participants who have demonstrated a readiness to examine a broad range of scientific and engineering topics related to quantum technologies.

Jelena is the Principal Investigator of "Engineering high quality, practical qubits in diamond". She is coordinating the research effort between Stanford, Harvard, and Virginia Tech.

Her second project is titled, "Inverting the design paradigm: Tunable qubits in hybrid photonic materials as a scalable platform for quantum photonic devices". She is the co-Principal Investigator.


Please join us in congratulating Jelena for this outstanding achievement.





Excerpted from the National Science Foundation Press Release, "NSF Announces new awards for quantum research, technologies", September 24, 2018.

September 2018

Congratulations to Professor Andrea Goldsmith and Santa Clara University Professor Katie Wilson (PhD '94).

As co-chairs of the IEEE Wireless Communications & Networking Conference (WCNC), they are recognized for their successful mission to incorporate diversity, the latest technologies, and both industrial and academic forums.

The IEEE WCNC event is the world premier wireless event to exchange ideas and information on the advancement of wireless communications and networking technology. The event brings together industry professionals, academics, and individuals from government agencies and other institutions to exchange information and ideas.

Held in San Francisco, IEEE WCNC 2017 featured a comprehensive technical program with numerous technical sessions showcasing the latest technologies, applications and services. In addition, the conference program includes workshops, tutorials, keynote talks from industrial leaders and renowned academics, panel discussions, a large exhibition, business and industrial forums. 

Professors Goldsmith and Wilson receive the iCON Award
The award was accepted by co-chairs Andrea Goldsmith and Katie Wilson of Santa Clara University, whose outstanding leadership drove results for and led advancement for the conference's long-term goals. This event is exemplary of how future events can grow, evolve, and be representative of today's technology industry. The WCNC organizing committee included several Stanford alums who also participated as chairs for the technical, tutorial, workshop, and panel sessions.

Please join us in congratulating Andrea, Katie and the planning committee that helped make this event such a success!

Pictured are Professor Goldsmith and Professor Wilson, receiving the iCON Award, August 2018. 


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September 2018

Ayfer Ozgur was recently selected to receive the Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) Early Achievement Award for 2018. Her citation reads: "For contributions in the fundamental capacity limits of multihop wireless networks and energy-harvesting radios."

The CTTC Early Achievement Award recognizes members of the Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) who have achieved early career visibility in the field through research and service and who have participated in the CTTC, and are within 10 years of their Ph.D.

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


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