- March 2014 - February 2014 Staff Gift Card Program Awardees Announced
- February 2014 - Stanford engineers create tool to reduce cost of cloud computing
- February 2014 - Professor Stephen Boyd Elected to NAE
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February 2014 Staff Gift Card Program Awardees Announced
Two staff members each received a $50 Visa card in recognition of their extraordinary efforts as part of the department’s 2014 Staff Gift Card Bonus Program. The EE department received several new nominations in February, and previous nominations were also considered.
Following are February’s gift card recipients and some of the comments from their nominators:
Katy Klemme, Associate Director of Admissions
- “Katy is a true team player. She works collaboratively with her colleagues to handle sensitive information in special cases and works to find an optimal solution for both the students and the department.”
- “She has gone above and beyond her duties to ensure that our department is recruiting and admitting the best students.”
- “Katy has done an excellent job organizing and running the admissions system.”
J Provine, Senior Research Engineer, Integrated Circuits Lab
- “J volunteered to help with my class… He spent upwards of 4-5 weeks of lecture time plus many hours teaching the students how to use (a tool) for a class project.”
- “He goes way beyond the normal call of duty!”
The School of Engineering once again gave the EE department several gift cards to distribute to staff members who are recognized for going above and beyond. More people will be recognized next month, and past nominations will still be eligible for future months. EE faculty, staff and students are welcome to nominate a deserving staff person by visiting https://gradapps.stanford.edu/NotableStaff/nomination/create.
Stanford engineers create tool to reduce cost of cloud computing
Data centers cost millions of dollars to build and operate, and buying servers is the single largest expense. Yet at any given moment, most of the servers in a typical data center are only using 20 percent of their capacity, because the workload can vary greatly depending on factors such as how many users log on. Since data centers must always be ready to meet peak demand, having excess capacity is the best way to ensure this today.
As cloud computing grows, so will the cost of keeping such large cushions of capacity. That’s why two Stanford engineers have created a cluster management tool that can triple server efficiency while delivering reliable service at all times, allowing data center operators to serve more customers for each dollar they invest.
Christos Kozyrakis, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and Christina Delimitrou, a doctoral student in electrical engineering, will explain their cluster management system, called Quasar, when scientists who design and run data centers meet for a conference that begins March 1.
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College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) inductee
Professor of Electrical Engineering John Pauly will be inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), "for seminal contributions in Magnetic Resonance Imaging that enabled new techniques with dramatically improved imaging speed, resolution, and contrast for biomedical applications." The ceremony will be held at the AIMBE annual meeting at the National Academy of Science on March 24, 2014.
The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs, comprise the College of Fellows.
AIMBE Fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation. AIMBE Fellows have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation and many also are members of the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.
"In addition to his stellar research contributions, John is one of the best citizens of the Stanford EE department, chairing faculty searches and serving on the undergraduate curriculum committee with great care and dedication," says EE Department Chair Abbas El Gamal.
Numerical Technologies Founders Fellowship
EE PhD student Nishal Pradeepbhai Shah recently received the 2014 Numerical Technologies Founders Fellowship as the top performer on the Electrical Engineering Qualifying Exam.
In addition, EE PhD student Farzan Farnia won the Numerical Technologies Founders Prize as the second top performer on the Qualifying Exam.
The Numerical Technologies Founders awards were established by Dr. Yao-Ting Wang (Ph.D., 1997) and his advisor Professor Thomas Kailath, co-founders of Numerical Technologies, Inc., and their spouses. The company was created to commercialize the resolution enhancement techniques for optical lithography developed in Dr. Wang’s dissertation as part of a DARPA-sponsored project (1990-2000) on the applications of Control and Signal Processing to Semiconductor Manufacturing. The theme of the project was to demonstrate the power of the Mathematical Engineering approach: going from an ill-defined physical problem to an idealized mathematical model, its often-approximate solution, and then compromises for practical implementation and transition to industry. The first applications were to Rapid Thermal Processing and then to Optical Lithography where, when the project began, the industry was facing a so-called 100nm barrier. Numerical Technologies, in collaboration with Motorola, were the first to show that the barrier could be broken. This spurred further development of a host of resolution enhancement techniques the barrier has been lowered to 32nm. The company was founded in 1995, went public in 2000, and was acquired by Synopsis, Inc. in 2003. A different measure of the importance of the Mathematical Engineering approach is that the work on Rapid Thermal Processing won outstanding paper prizes in 1994 and 2003 from the IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing.