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Persis Drell, Dean of Stanford School of EngineeringPersis Drell, Dean

Department: Materials Science and Engineering and Physics

Persis S. Drell is the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the Stanford School of Engineering, the James and Anna Marie Spilker Professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics at Stanford University. Dean Drell, who assumed her current post in September 2014, has been on the faculty at Stanford since 2002 and was director of the 1,600-employee U.S. Department of Energy SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory from 2007 to 2012. Her research interests are in technology development for free electron lasers and particle astrophysics. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society. Dean Drell has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Wellesley College and her doctorate in atomic physics from the University of California, Berkeley.


Senior Associate Deans

Jennifer Widom, Computer ScienceJennifer Widom, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Academic Affairs

Department: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering

Jennifer Widom is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the School of Engineering and the Fletcher Jones Professor in the departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. She was chair of the Computer Science Department from 2009 to 2014. She received her bachelor's degree from the Indiana University School of Music in 1982 and her Computer Science Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1987. She was a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center before joining the Stanford faculty in 1993. Her research interests span many aspects of nontraditional data management. She is an ACM Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; she received the ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award in 2007 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2000.


Brad Osgood, Senior Associate Dean, Student AffairsBrad Osgood, Senior Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Department: Electrical Engineering

After receiving his PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1980, Brad Osgood joined the faculty at Harvard as a Benjamin Peirce Assistant Professor of Mathematics. In 1985 he moved to Stanford University where he is now a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Engineering. At Stanford, he has received the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Helen and Peter Bing Centennial Professorship. He is a mathematician by training and applies techniques from analysis and geometry to various engineering problems. He is interested in problems in imaging, pattern recognition, and signal processing. His research focuses on topics in complex analysis, differential geometry and signal processing. 

Bernd Girod

Bernd Girod, Senior Associate Dean at Large

Department: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science by courtesy

Bernd Girod, a professor of electrical engineering and (by courtesy) computer science, is Senior Associate Dean at Large and the Stanford Director of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford and Columbia. Girod is a key figure in the type of multimedia technology that has revolutionized online education and a pioneer of video streaming technology. His research has led to seminal contributions in video compression and communication, networked media systems and most recently, image and video search As an entrepreneur, Professor Girod has been involved in several startup ventures, among them Polycom, Vivo Software, 8x8 and RealNetworks. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a EURASIP Fellow and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). Girod has authored or co-authored one major textbook, five monographs, and some 500 journal articles and conference papers. His current research interests are in the area of networked media systems.


Laura Breyfogle, Senior Associate Dean, External RelationsLaura Breyfogle, Senior Associate Dean, External Relations

Laura Breyfogle is the Senior Associate Dean for External Relations for the School of Engineering.  In this capacity, Breyfogle leads school-wide efforts in Development,  Alumni Relations, and Marketing and Communications.  Her 25-year career at Stanford also encompassed development positions in the Stanford Engineering School, the Stanford Business School and the Stanford Office of Development.  Prior to Stanford, Breyfogle worked in development at the San Jose Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet. She earned her BS in English Literature from Carleton College and her MBA from the Anderson School at the University of California at Los Angeles. She currently is a board member for the Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) Advisory Council.



Scott  CalvertScott Calvert, Senior Associate Dean, Administration

Scott Calvert is responsible for school operations including finance, HR, IT, facilities and research administration. He held a similar position at Stanford in the office of the vice provost for undergraduate education prior to joining the engineering team. Before coming to Stanford, Scott was a Navy fighter pilot for 21 years after receiving a commission through the NROTC program at Duke University, where he earned a BSE in mechanical engineering. He made numerous deployments aboard aircraft carriers flying F-14s and F/A-18s, and between squadron assignments he attended U.S. Navy Test Pilot School on a cooperative program with the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned an MSAE in aeronautical engineering. In addition, he has an MBA from Columbia University.


Charbel Farhat

Charbel Farhat, Chair, Aeronautics and Astronautics

Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics, Mechanical Engineering

Charbel Farhat is the Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures and Director of the Army High Performance Computing Research Center. His research interests are in computational sciences for the design and analysis of complex systems in aerospace, mechanical, and naval engineering. He is designated as an ISI Highly Cited Author by the ISI Web of Knowledge. He was knighted by the Prime Minister of France in the Order of Academic Palms and awarded the Medal of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques. He has received many other academic distinctions including the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASME, the Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award from AIAA, the John von Neumann Medal from USACM, the Gordon Bell Prize and Sidney Fernbach Award from IEEE, the IACM Award from IACM, and the Modeling and Simulation Award from DoD. He is a Fellow of AIAA, ASME, IACM, SIAM, and USACM.

Norbet Pelc, Chair, BioengineeringNorbert Pelc, Chair, Bioengineering

Department: Bioengineering, Radiology, Electrical Engineering by courtesy

Norbert Pelc is chair of the Department of Bioengineering. His primary research interests are in the physics, engineering, and mathematics of diagnostic imaging and the development of applications of this imaging technology. His current work focuses on computed tomography, specifically in methods to improve the information content and image quality and to reduce the radiation dose from these examinations. He holds doctorate and master degrees in Medical Radiological Physics from Harvard University and a BS from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He served on the first National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the NIH. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. 

Eric Shaqfeh, chair, chemical engineeringEric Shaqfeh, Chair, Chemical Engineering

Department: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Eric Shaqfeh is the Lester Levi Carter Professor as well as a professor of chemical engineering and mechanical engineering at Stanford. He became chair of the chemical engineering department in 2011. His awards include the APS Francois N. Frenkiel Award, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, the Camile and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Bingham medal from the Society of Rheology.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and served as an Associate Editor of Physics of Fluids since 2006. He has authored or co-authored over 150 publications in the general area of complex fluids and non-Newtonian fluid mechanics. He received his BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and his MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. 

Stephen Monismith, chair, Civil and Environmental EngineeringStephen Monismith, Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geological & Environmental Sciences by courtesy

Stephen Monismith is the Obayashi Professor in the School of Engineering and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research in environmental and geophysical fluid dynamics is focused on the application of fluid mechanics principles to the analysis of flow processes operating in rivers, lakes, estuaries, and the oceans. Flows that involve physical-biological interactions are of particular interest to him.

Alex Aiken, Chair, Computer Science, Stanford EngineeringAlex Aiken, Chair, Computer Science

Department: Computer Science

Alex Aiken is the Chair of the Computer Science department and the Alcatel-Lucent Professor in Communications and Networking. Aiken's research focuses on developing techniques for the construction of reliable and high performance software systems. His interests include static and dynamic methods of analyzing programs, often focusing on either improving performance or correctness. Most of his research combines a theoretical component (for example, proving the soundness of an analysis technique) and a practical component, which often involves the implementation and measurement of advanced programming tools. His research extends to the design of new programming languages and programming techniques that make it easier to write software that can be checked for errors. Aiken has published more than 150 scientific articles and presentations. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, a recipient of Phi Beta Kappa's Teaching Award and a former National Young Investigator.

Professor Abbas El GamalAbbas El Gamal, Chair, Electrical Engineering

Department: Electrical Engineering

Abbas El Gamal is Hitachi America Professor in the School of Engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. A pioneer in the areas of network information theory and field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and a key figure in the development of CMOS image sensors, he has been on the electrical engineering faculty since 1981.  His academic contributions have spanned information theory, wireless networks, integrated circuit design and design automation, and imaging devices and systems.  In his primary field, network information theory, El Gamal studies the performance limits of communication and computing networks and develops algorithms and protocols to achieve these limits. He developed the standard academic course on network information theory and co-authored the field’s first textbook, Network Information Theory. A Fellow of the IEEE, El Gamal has received several honors and awards for his work, most recently the 2012 Claude E. Shannon Award—the highest award in information theory. He has also played key roles in several Silicon Valley companies.

Professor Peter GlynnPeter Glynn, Chair, Management Science and Engineering

Department: Management Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering by courtesy

Peter W. Glynn is the chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering and the Thomas Ford Professor of Engineering. He holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Previously he was deputy chair of Department of Management Science and Engineering and director of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of INFORMS and of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, a co-winner of best publication awards from the INFORMS Simulation Society, and a co-winner of a best publication award from the INFORMS Applied Probability Society, and  co-winner of the John von Neumann Theory Prize from INFORMS. His research interests lie in simulation, computational probability, queueing theory, statistical inference for stochastic processes, and stochastic modeling.

Paul McIntyre

Paul McIntyre, Chair, Materials Science and Engineering

Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Paul McIntyre is Chair of the Materials Science and Engineering department, a professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a senior fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. McIntyre leads a team conducting basic research on nanostructured inorganic materials for applications in electronics and energy technologies. He is best known for his work on metal oxide/semiconductor interfaces, ultrathin metal oxide films, atomic layer deposition, semiconductor nanowires, and nanoscale materials for solar water splitting. McIntyre is an author of over 180 archival journal papers and inventor of eight U.S. patents, and he has given more than 100 invited presentations, plenary talks and tutorial lectures. He has received two IBM Faculty Awards, a Charles Lee Powell Foundation Faculty Scholarship and a Semiconductor Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award. McIntyre was a Global Climate and Energy Project Distinguished Lecturer in 2010 and received the Woody White Award of the Materials Research Society in 2011.

Professor Kenneth GoodsonKenneth E. Goodson, Chair, Mechanical Engineering

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Ken Goodson is the Bosch Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Davies Family Provostial Professor. He is a heat transfer specialist who has graduated 40 PhDs, including 17 professors at top schools including Stanford and MIT. He is a Fellow with ASME, IEEE, and AAAS, and received the ASME Kraus Medal, the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award for Science, the IEEE Thermi Award, and the SRC Technical Excellence Award.  He has delivered plenary lectures at InterPack, ITHERM, PHONONS, SemiTherm and Therminic, and received many best paper awards. Goodson’s MIT education includes the ME PhD (’93) and Bachelors degrees in ME and Music (’89).  He has co-authored 32 U.S. patents, 175 archival papers and two books. He co-founded Cooligy, which developed microfluidic cooling systems for Apple desktops and was acquired by Emerson in 2006.

Department: Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Mechanical Engineering by courtesy, Civil and Environmental Engineering by courtesy

Margot Gerritsen is director of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, an associate professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering and has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her main research interest is in the design and analysis of efficient numerical solution methods for partial differential equations that arise in fluid dynamics. Her PhD thesis work emphasized mathematical techniques. After her PhD work, her focus shifted to actual engineering applications.