Staff

image of Denise Murphy
July 2021

Dedicated staff member, Denise Murphy retired in May after 30 years in the Electrical Engineering department.

 

During her career in EE, Denise's warmth, judgment, caring, and knowledge of Stanford's sometimes confusing processes and conventions, benefitted many students, faculty, and staff. A revered colleague, Denise continues to be a trusted friend and ally for many staff.

 

The Denise Murphy Electrical Engineering Endowment

In honor of Denise, a number of faculty and former students endowed a fund in her honor; The Denise Murphy Electrical Engineering Endowment. This fund will be used to support department staff, in perpetuity. If you're interested in contributing, please contact EE's Director of Finance and Operations, Mary K. McMahon.

Although sad to see Denise leave our department, we all wish her tremendous satisfaction with her future adventures.

image of LaToya Powell, graduate admission officer
May 2021

LaToya Powell, Graduate Admissions Officer for Electrical Engineering is featured in a Stanford School of Engineering Spotlight article.

LaToya is a tireless advocate for our students and is very passionate about diversity and inclusion. She founded EE's dEEbug program for EE students to receive support academically and socially. 

LaToya received the 2020 Staff Award for Innovation and has been recognized for going above and beyond in her daily role. In addition to managing EE's graduate admissions and playing an active role in the programs and student groups, she has also served on EE's Culture, Equity, and Inclusion (CEI) Committee.

 

Please join us in acknowledging LaToya for her exceptional work in the department; we are fortunate she is part of EE.

 

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April's outstanding EE staff!
April 2021

Congratulations to these outstanding staff: Thomas Carlson, Marisa Cheng, Julie Kline, Kara Marquez, Edwin Mendoza, and Denise Murphy!

They received nominations from faculty, staff and students, who appreciate their commitment and willingness to go above and beyond the ordinary. Excerpts from their nominations are below.

Our staff gift card recipients make profound and positive impact in the electrical engineering department's everyday work and academic environment. Please take a moment to congratulate them personally.

 

Thomas Carlson, System and Network Development Management/System Administrator/Developer

  • Thomas is very helpful, knowledgeable, and easy going.
  • He always provides first class IT support.

Marisa Cheng, Academic Affairs & Programs Administrator

  • Marisa always works extremely hard; during COVID, she adapted all our course changes superbly.
  • She shines like a star!

Julie Kline, Faculty Administrator

  • Julie is highly responsive and consistent in dealing with a myriad of tasks.
  • She communicates extremely well and is a joy to work with.

Kara Marquez, Faculty Administrator

  • Kara's vast knowledge and resourcefulness helps us stay organized and deal with any issues.
  • Our lab group knows that we are very fortunate to work with her.

Edwin Mendoza, Faculty & Staff Affairs Administrator

  • Edwin is incredibly detail-oriented and thorough; he always provides all supporting documents, which saves tons of time.
  • He also has taken the initiative to transition to new updates and guidelines, ensuring smooth running for the department.

Denise Murphy, Faculty & Staff Affairs Manager

  • Even during COVID, Denise has been her usual, unflappable self. More than once she has made herself available to spontaneously join meetings to talk about various topics.
  • She always does a great job getting people together and learning about one another. I miss interacting with her in person, but I always look forward to seeing her via Zoom.

 

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.

Nominate a deserving staff person today. Each recipient receives a $50 Amazon gift card. Nominations can be made at any time. There are no restrictions on the quantity or persons that you can nominate!

Submitters are asked to include a citation of how the person went above and beyond. The submitter can choose to remain anonymous. Nominate now

 

image of April's EE staff awardees

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

image of LaToya Powell, graduate admission officer
March 2021
Congratulations to LaToya Powell, Graduate Admissions Officer. She has been awarded the 2020 School of Engineering Staff Award for Innovation
 
LaToya is recognized for her achievements in the creation of the dEEbug peer tutoring program that started Autumn 2020. The program offers peer tutoring to current and prospective undergraduates in electrical engineering. The program's goal is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all students, especially those from underrepresented groups. In addition to the dEEbug program, she also helped our students create a new student group called SURG(E)2, which stands for Students for Underrepresented Groups in Electrical Engineering.

LaToya is a tireless advocate for our students and is very passionate about diversity and inclusion.  In addition to managing EE’s graduate admissions and playing an active role in the programs and student groups, she has also served on EE's Culture, Equity, and Inclusion (CEI) Committee. We thank LaToya for her dedication to students and for all of her contributions to our department.

 
Please join us in congratulating LaToya on this very well deserved award!

image of our exemplary staff*
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.

June 2020

We are proud of our history of innovation and entrepreneurship, and of our ongoing mission to address major societal challenges. This includes diversity in research interests, research styles, and providing supportive mentorship. EE recognizes that we have significant work to do in these areas and we look to the entire EE community to improve our future.


The Department of Electrical Engineering supports Black Lives Matter, inclusion, and diversity. 

As engineers, engineers-in-training, and staff, we build upon and apply systems-thinking to major societal challenges, including climate change, health, and better communication.

 The Department of Electrical Engineering strives to continue its success in innovation and research through the participation and inclusion of students, post-docs, and faculty from diverse backgrounds, experiences, religions, ethnicities, identities, genders, sexual orientation, and perspectives. We recognize diversity as central and critical to our mission to provide an inclusive environment and culture where all are welcomed, respected, and valued. Diversity in EE.

 

The following links are from our students, colleagues and friends. We include them to provide education and support to our community. 

If you have questions, insights, or edits, please contact us via info@ee.stanford.edu.

 

RELATED RESOURCES

Diversity in EE statement 
Black Lives Matter, Stanford Student Affairs
Coalition of Black Student Organizations Asks to University Administration on Campus Police 

Educational resources for anti-racism:

Support for Stanford students: 

image of Meo Kittiwanich, 2020 Shah Award winner
March 2020

Congratulations to Meo Kittiwaniwich, director of student and academic affairs, at Stanford's Department of Electrical Engineering (EE). Meo manages EE's student services team that oversees admissions, degree progress, course scheduling and financial aid.

The Shah Award recognizes School of Engineering staff for outstanding competence, dedication, and accomplishments. Engineering Dean Jennifer Widom stated in her announcement, "We are fortunate to have a superb staff at Stanford Engineering, so selecting the winners is never an easy task! Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals and thanking them for their commitment and service to the school."

Excerpts from Meo's nominators include, "Meo has always been a wonderful, collaborative colleague. But this past year she was the "quiet anchor" in the midst of intense challenges." Colleagues also cited Meo's calm compassion for all of those in our community, as well as her knowledge of the university, and a collaborative style that make her "an amazing and important colleague."

 

Please join us in congratulating Meo on her tremendous commitment to EE, her colleagues, and Stanford's students.

a few of our amazing staff!
January 2020

Congratulations to Chet Frost, Jim McVittie, Rieko Sasaki, and Suzanne Sims. They received several nominations from appreciative faculty, staff and students, praising their commitment that goes above and beyond the ordinary! Excerpts from the nominations are below.

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


 

Chet Frost, Faculty Administrator, Electrical Engineering

  • "Chet is efficient, upbeat, easy to work with, patient, pleasant, and an excellent problem solver!"
  • His attitude towards handling both his regular and any excess work, is beyond outstanding.

Jim McVittie, Senior Scientist, Electrical Engineering

  • He is a miracle worker when it comes to maintaining and fixing tools– our lab would not run without him!
  • Jim is a one-man maintenance machine! His contributions to Allen labs and SNF is unparalleled.

Rieko Sasaki, Faculty Administrator, Electrical Engineering

  • She is a great asset to our team!
  • Rieko has generously cleaned up many projects that others left unfinished, and she handles it all with a positive, genuinely helpful attitude.

Suzanne Sims, Faculty Administrator, Electrical Engineering

  • Whenever she has an opportunity to organize and/or optimize, she does – and always to the benefit of everyone.
  • Suzanne is extremely supportive, and a valuable resource to the department.

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 Visa card. Nominations can be made at any time.

Nominations may be submitted 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.

November 2019

Congratulations to Joe Little for his promotion to IT Technical Manager of the Electrical Engineering Department.

Joe will manage Electrical Engineering's IT team as they create and maintain our research computing and network infrastructure, keep our computing environment secure, and provide support and guidance to faculty, staff and students on computing and networking resources. Joe joined EE's Computer Systems Lab in 1996 during the Internet's infancy, and has continued to make significant contributions to both department and university computing as a systems architect, analyst and software developer.

Please join us in congratulating him on his promotion!

 

Joe was recognized earlier in 2019 for his 25 years of service at Stanford. Read more

EE Staff Award Winners! Beverly, John, Chet, Edwin and Denise
August 2019

Congratulations to Beverly Davis, John DeSilva, Chet Frost, Edwin Mendoza, and Denise Murphy.

They are recognized as outstanding staff for their extraordinary work! Each were nominated by peers, faculty and/or students for professionalism that went above and beyond their everyday roles. Staff gift card recipients make profound and positive impact in our department's everyday work and academic environment. Please join us in congratulating each of them!

Nominations may be submitted 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.

Please join us in congratulating Beverly, John, Chet, Edwin, and Denise.
Excerpts from their nominations follow.

Beverly Davis, Faculty Administrator, EE

  • Beverly is incredibly kind and supportive. She helps to everyone feel welcome and productive!
  • She has helped make my student experience more enjoyable.

John DeSilva, Systems & Network Manager, EE

  • He always gives the right amount of guidance— John helps get me set in the right direction, with enough freedom to explore and learn.
  • John's reliability is unparalleled.

Chet Frost, Administrative Associate, EE

  • As part of SEES Committee (and beyond!), Chet is always willing to help and can covers a multitude of needs.
  • He is resourceful and efficient –– always adding to the enthusiastic spirit of an event.

Edwin Mendoza, Faculty & Staff Affairs Administrator, EE

  • Edwin adds a great deal of brightness to staff each day with his positive and fun personality.
  • His effort to welcome EE visitors and help them navigate Stanford is exceptional.

Denise Murphy, Faculty Affairs and Staffing Manager, EE

  • Denise always goes above and beyond - she treats absolutely everyone with the utmost care.
  • She is a tremendous resource for staff and faculty!

Through generosity of the School of Engineering (SoE), we are ale to continue the Staff Gift Card Bonus Program. Each year SoE provides 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 also eligible for future months.

Please nominate a deserving staff person or group today! Each recipient receives a $50 Visa card. Nominations can be made at any time.

Stanford EE staff are amazing!

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