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December 2012

Prof. Bernd Girod Appointed as the Robert L. and Audrey S. Hancock Professor in the School of Engineering

 

Prof. Bernd Girod

Appointed as the Robert L. and Audrey S. Hancock Professor in the School of Engineering

 

The Hancock Professorship was established in the School of Engineering in 1999, with a preference that the holder of the chair be a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Robert Hancock received his BS in electrical engineering from Stanford in 1949, following a two-year interruption during World War II when he served in the US Navy. After graduation, he accepted an offer from the Boeing Airplane Company to work on the B-47 aircraft program. In 1953, he joined a start-up company, United Control Corporation (forerunner of a major AlliedSignal division in Redmond, Washington), where for 10 years he held positions as chief engineer and sales manager In 1963, Mr. Hancock started AVTECH Corporation, where he was president until his retirement in 1998. The Hancocks are truly a Stanford family. At least one family member attended Stanford every year from the university’s founding until 1955, and Mr. Hancock’s great aunt received $25 for writing the words to “Come Join the Band.”

 

Bernd Girod is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Computer Science, by courtesy. He is also director of the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN), and the Max Planck Center for Visual Computing and Communication. He recently became the director of the newly established David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a bicoastal institute between Stanford and Columbia University. In this capacity, he is collaborating with our colleagues on the east coast to revolutionize media with the latest technologies.