Award

Prof. Sachin Katti (pictured left) and Dinesh Bharadia (pictured right) at EE commencement 2016
October 2016

The Marconi Society honors Dinesh Bharadia (PhD '16) with the 2016 Paul Baran Young Scholar Award. Dedicated to furthering scientific achievements in communications and the internet, the Marconi Society will honor four scholars for their outstanding research and innovations in networking. The 2016 Paul Baran Young Scholars Awards will be presented at a gala on November 2 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

"Bharadia's research disproved a long-held assumption that, it is generally not possible for a radio to receive and transmit on the same frequency band because of the interference that results," reads the announcement.

The self-interference cancellation filter Bharadia developed also unleashed the potential for many more applications. The unique architecture had to allow cancellation in all environments. According to Bharadia's PhD advisor, Sachin Katti, "Dinesh's work enables a whole host of new applications, from extremely low-power Internet of Things connectivity to motion tracking. It has the potential to be used for important future applications such as building novel wireless imaging that can enable accuracy in driverless cars during severe weather scenarios, helping blind people to navigate indoors, and much more."

Bharadia thinks receiving the Marconi Young Scholar award is especially rewarding because his work has a direct connection to Marconi. "Marconi invented the radio and I was able to make radios full-duplex," he says. "It's fitting that this work should be recognized by the Marconi Society."

 

Hearty congratulations to Dinesh Bharadia!

 

Excerts from the Marconi Society press release.

June 2016

Congratulations to Tim Anderson and José Padovani!

 

Tim (EE and ICME PhD candidate) and José (EE PhD '16) were recognized for their outstanding teaching. They each were awarded the 2016 Centennial Teaching Assistant Award. The award program recognizes outstanding instruction by TA's in the Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering schools.

Nominated by faculty, peers, and previous students, each received a $500 stipend and certificate.


About Tim

Tim is a committed instructor. He has taught, tutored, or assisted with Computational and Mathematical Engineering (CME) 102, 108 and 100. His nominators emphasized his valuable contribution in advancing equity via ACE (Additional Calculus for Engineers) in CME. Tim is a first-year PhD student, having completed his EE BS earlier in 2016.

A few comments from Tim's nomination:

PhD candidate Tim Anderson
  • Tim did a phenomenal job not only reviewing and explaining material in-depth, but going the extra mile in explaining industry and major related applications for nearly every topic.
  • I really benefited from the extra practice, and having a good relationship with Tim.
  • ACE has greatly helped me with my academic experiences so far in STEM: developing better study habits, giving me extra help, and gaining confidence in my abilities.

 

 

 

 

 

About José

José Padovani
José Padovani was the Teaching Assistant and head lab TA for EE101A. Being the first to incorporate the course's new curriculum, he rewrote the exercises, synchronizing them with the lectures, while incorporating feedback from students. EE101A's enrollment climbed significantly with José's insights and improvements.

Excerpts from José's nomination:

  • He is genuinely dedicated to making sure that the labs ran smoothly, and that students truly learn from the exercises.
  • José's mini-tutorials helped all the students be better prepared for each section, resulting in an improved learning experience for students.
  • He doesn't leave until he's sure that everyone 'gets it'.

 

Please join us in recognizing Tim and José – their efforts are greatly valued!

October 2016

Stephen P. Boyd has been named as a 2016 INFORMS Fellow. The Fellow Award is reserved for distinguished individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and exceptional accomplishments in operations research and the management sciences.

His citation reads, "For exceptional teaching and broad dissemination of convex optimization and outstanding research leading to innovative formulations and algorithms for problems across a wide array of disciplines."

Stephen has received many awards and honors for his research in control systems engineering and optimization. In 2016, he also received Stanford's highest teaching honor, the Walter J. Gores teaching award for his signature course, Convex Optimization. He is the author of many research articles and three books: Convex Optimization (with Lieven Vandenberghe, 2004), Linear Matrix Inequalities in System and Control Theory (with L. El Ghaoui, E. Feron, and V. Balakrishnan, 1994), and Linear Controller Design: Limits of Performance (with Craig Barratt, 1991). His group has produced many open source tools, including CVX (with Michael Grant), CVXPY (with Steven Diamond) and Convex.jl (with Madeleine Udell and others), widely used parser-solvers for convex optimization.

Stephen is the Samsung Professor of Engineering, and Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Information Systems Laboratory at Stanford University. He has courtesy appointments in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and the Department of Computer Science, and is member of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. His current research focus is on convex optimization applications in control, signal processing, finance, and circuit design.

 

Please join us in congratulating Stephen for this well-deserved honor.

 

INFORMS.org

October 2016

EE's Jonathan Fan has been named one of the nation's most innovative early-career scientists and engineers by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 

Jonathan's research aims to push the physical limits of miniaturized optical systems to new functional regimes, using a multi-disciplinary effort that combines materials science, nanotechnology, and computational design.

Beginning in 1988, the Packard Fellowship has awarded support to promising early-career professors from 50 universities in the fields of physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. The Packard Fellowships are among the nation's largest nongovernmental fellowships, designed to allow maximum flexibility in how the funding is used. 

Please join us in congratulating Jonathan for this very well-deserved recognition of his stellar work on electromagnetics, plasmonics, and flexible and stretchable electronics.

 

Read more about the 2016 Packard Fellowships

Fan Lab - Applied Nanophotonics Lab 

August 2016

The Precourt Institute for Energy and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford have awarded 15 seed grants to clean energy research projects.

The seed-grant program funds innovative research proposals that have the potential for high impact on energy supply and use. The 2016 awards total $2.7 million, and have been awarded to 15 projects at Stanford and SLAC. "I'm especially pleased that this year's recipients reflect the broad diversity of energy research across campus, including the schools of engineering, law, business and medicine, as well as the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory," stated Precourt Institute for Energy co-director and professor of mechanical engineering Arun Majundar.

Three projects lead or co-lead by EE faculty received grants.

  • A modular multi-level photovoltaic converter:This project aims to minimize cost and power losses in transformers for grid-scale solar installations by developing new technology for the efficient conversion of direct current to alternating current. PI: William Dally, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science.
  • Building the power electronics cell: Researchers will design a high power-density, bidirectional AC-DC converter cell that can be combined into a charger-inverter pack that generates enough energy to power an electric vehicle. PI: Juan Rivas-Davila, Electrical Engineering.
  • Novel fabrication of light-emitting diodes (LEDs): This project seeks to reduce the cost of manufacturing high-efficiency LEDs for industry and consumers. PIs: Bruce Clemens, Materials Science and Engineering, and James Harris, Electrical Engineering.

Read the full article from the Stanford Report

This article is adapted from the Stanford Report.

Outstanding EE staff, August '16
August 2016

Join us in congratulating the efforts of three extraordinary staff. Each month, the Staff Gift Card program acknowledges staff for their professional contributions that are above and beyond their everyday roles. Because they are nominated by peers, students, and faculty – we encourage you to nominate individuals or groups that have made a profound improvement in your daily work life. Each recipient receives a $50 Visa card, and sincere recognition for their commitment.

Congratulations to the awardees listed below. Excerpts from their nominations follow.

Vickie Carillo, Administrative Associate

  • "Vickie helps plans staff events, assists department visitors, and fields a variety of questions."
  • "She goes above and beyond, humbly helping to keep our department running smoothly every day."

Meo Kittiwanich, Degree Progress Officer

  • "Meo seamlessly maintained, then transitioned student services functions to a new staff member, all while taking on a new role herself."
  • "She is supportive and detail-oriented. Holding a high standard for herself, she is always prepared and organized."

Kelly Yilmaz, Program Manager

  • "Kelly is organized, resourceful and dependable."
  • "She is the go-to person for industry visitors, and others. Kelly is always able to find a creative solution if there is an issue."

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 today!

August 2016

Howard Zebker has been chosen as one of 60 new fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He will be honored at the AGU's upcoming fall meeting in San Francisco.

Since 1962, the AGU has elected outstanding members as Union Fellows. This special honor recognizes scientific eminence in the Earth and space sciences. It acknowledges fellows for their remarkable contributions to their research fields, exceptional knowledge and visionary leadership. Only 0.1 percent of AGU membership receives this recognition in any given year.

Zebker, who earned a PhD from Stanford, is professor of electrical engineering and of geophysics and is an affiliate of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. His research focuses on developing space-borne radar systems and applying remote sensing data to problems in geophysics. His current emphasis is on interferometric radar for natural hazards, water resources and global environmental problems. He is also active in planetary science. Read the American Geophysical Union (AGU) press release.

Howard's research consists of developing spaceborne radar systems and applying remote sensing data to problems in geophysics. His current emphasis is on interferometric radar for natural hazards, water resources, and global environmental problems. He is also active in planetary science, in particular research supporting the NASA Cassini mission to Saturn and Titan.

Professor Zebker's courses include:

 

Source: Stanford Report, August 2, 2016

July 2016

Join us in congratulating the extraordinary work of our staff. Four EE staff members are recognized for their professional contributions above and beyond their everyday roles.

Each month, the Staff Gift Card program acknowledges staff – who have been nominated by peers, students, and faculty – for their professional contributions that are above and beyond their everyday roles. 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.

Please congratulate your colleagues! The four July winners are listed below, with excerpts from their nominations.

Ann Guerra, Administrative Associate
• Ann is always very precise and thorough. She is great to work with!
• Her calm professionalism is appreciated.

Teresa Nguyen, Student Accounting Associate
• Teresa is always willing to help! She provides information right away, is very efficient, friendly and knowledgeable.
• She helped troubleshoot an issue, going above and beyond all expectations to correct it – all the while with great patience.

Charlie Orgish, Technical Manager
• Charlie is consistently creative, and committed to serving the research mission of EE and the university.
• Through his firm belief and example each and every day, he embodies the heart and soul of EE IT.

Karin Sligar, SystemX Alliance Programs and Administration Manager
• Karin has elevated SystemX, exceeding expectations, and adding value to our affiliates and the university.
• Her organization helps us achieve program goals, and identify opportunities for new initiatives.

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 today!

June 2016

Join us in congratulating the efforts of five extraordinary staff. Each month, the Staff Gift Card program acknowledges staff – who have been nominated by peers, students, and faculty – for their professional contributions that are above and beyond their everyday roles. 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.

 

Please make time to congratulate the awardees listed below, with excerpts from their nominations.

 

Doug Chaffee, ISL Faculty Administrator

  • Doug goes above and beyond in everything he does.
  • He is dependable, resourceful, and plans with foresight and detail.

Dr. Joyce Farrell, Senior Research Engineer

  • Dr. Farrell displays professionalism and determination in planning, executing, and piloting major events.
  • She balances both industry and academic needs, providing a collaborative, discoverable environment for each.

Marie Hamel, Faculty Administrator

  • Marie is constantly going above and beyond what is expected of her. She is a lovely person and makes it fun to work in the EE Department.
  • Her performance is outstanding; I'm grateful for her dedicated efforts and achievements on our affiliate programs.

Andrea Kuduk, Administrative Associate

  • Andrea is an enormously reliable resource. She has taken on a big administrative overload, and is just superb!
  • She is always willing to help – from assisting colleagues, to helping faculty with research activity.

Edwin Mendoza, Faculty and Staff Affairs Administrator

  • Edwin is a terrific team player! He is always courteous and interested in helping out for the greater good.
  • He makes an extra effort to resolve problems. His dedication and hard work is appreciated by each of his colleagues.

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 today!

June 2016

Amin Arbabian was awarded the Tau Beta Pi Undergraduate Teaching Award. Charles Guan (EE BS '16) and Vikram Prasad (EE BS '16) presented Amin with the award during the EE commencement ceremony, June 12, 2016.

Professor Arbabian "combines stellar research with an intuition-driven method of teaching, embedding real-life applications and contemporary thought into our education," stated Vikram Prasad.

Co-presenter, Charles Guan added, "At every level, he has been fully invested in us and our learning. His passion for teaching is apparent in every class and in the way he makes time for students outside the classroom."

  

Congratulations to Amin and to the 2016 graduates!

 

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