Electrical Engineering

New electrical engineering curriculum infused with a jolt of ‘maker’ energy

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New classes allow undergraduates to use EE tools and techniques to make gizmos and systems from day one.

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Classes allow undergraduates to make gizmos and systems from day one.

Undergraduate Diniana Piekutowski, EE '16, came to Stanford with an interest in sustainability that she could have pursued through several different majors.

“I eventually decided on Electrical Engineering because I wanted to learn the essence of energy and electronics,” Piekutowski said. “To me, EE is a harmonic balance of theory and application.”

Last modified Tue, 23 Sep, 2014 at 16:25

Stanford engineer aims to connect the world with ant-size radios

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Costing just pennies to make, tiny radios on a chip are designed to serve as controllers or sensors for the 'Internet of Things.'

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Stanford engineer aims to connect the world with ant-size radios that will control the 'Internet of Things.'

A Stanford engineering team, in collaboration with researchers from UC Berkeley, has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna – no batteries required.

Designed to compute, execute and relay commands, this tiny wireless chip costs pennies to fabricate – making it cheap enough to become the missing link between the Internet as we know it and the linked-together smart gadgets envisioned in the "Internet of Things."

Last modified Thu, 11 Sep, 2014 at 13:03

Stanford engineer invents safe way to transfer energy to medical implants

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A wireless system developed by Assistant Professor Ada Poon uses the same power as a cell phone to safely transmit energy to chips the size of a grain of rice. The technology paves the way for new "electroceutical" devices to treat illness or alleviate pain. 

Last modified Tue, 23 Sep, 2014 at 14:32

Stanford engineer helps determine how the brain learns new tasks

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Research revealing the neural basis for why learning new tasks can be difficult could lead to improved therapies for stroke and other brain injuries.

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Stanford engineer joins research that reveals the neural basis for why learning new tasks can be difficult.

Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Stanford have discovered a fundamental constraint in the brain that may explain why people have a relatively easier time learning new skills if they are related to abilities they have already mastered.

Last modified Thu, 4 Sep, 2014 at 10:36

International laser scholars converge on Stanford to shed light on photonics research

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Siegman International School on Lasers, named in honor of a deceased Stanford engineer who was a colossus in this important field, completes its inaugural session.

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Laser School Completes First Session
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Siegman International School on Lasers draws scholars from around the world.

The new Siegman International School on Lasers at Stanford functions as a tacit acknowledgement of the ubiquity and importance of laser technology. Fifty years ago, lasers were a curiosity. Today, they are deeply embedded in virtually every technological sector: medicine, aviation, communications, energy production, automobiles and agriculture.

Last modified Fri, 29 Aug, 2014 at 14:11

Stanford Engineering student wins international competition for efforts to miniaturize ultrasound device

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PhD candidate in electrical engineering says encouragement from his advisor helped propel him toward $10,000 cash prize.

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Electrical engineering student wins cash prize for ultrasound miniaturization project.

A Stanford Engineering student won the $10,000 first place prize at the third annual Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition.

Jonathon Spaulding, a Stanford PhD student in electrical engineering, hopes to build smaller, cheaper, and more efficient handheld ultrasound systems.

“Imagine having these devices in every doctor’s office, or taking ultrasound scanners into the field where imaging technology is limited,” Spaulding said, adding that he is continuing work in the hope of developing a hardware prototype the size of a common flash drive.

Last modified Fri, 15 Aug, 2014 at 17:28

Stanford-led team develops self-cooling solar cells that last longer and have more power

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By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells, a team of researchers led by Professor Shanhui Fan has found a way for the cells to shed unwanted thermal radiation.

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Specially patterned layer of silica glass lets cells shed unwanted thermal radiation.

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells – keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun.

Last modified Tue, 22 Jul, 2014 at 10:28

Stanford Engineering Hero Morris Chang honored for revolutionizing chip making

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Shaped by his youth in war-torn China, Chang immigrated to the United States after World War II, earned a doctorate at Stanford and twice transformed the semiconductor industry.

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Stanford Engineering Hero twice transformed the semiconductor industry.

It is a rare thing when an engineer alters his field so profoundly that he forever transforms how things are done. Doing so twice makes one the stuff of legend. Morris Chang is such an engineer. In the course of a remarkable life that began in war-torn China, Chang has twice transformed the semiconductor industry – and he is still going strong today at age 82.

Last modified Mon, 16 Jun, 2014 at 8:38

Stanford engineer invents safe way to transfer energy to medical chips in the body

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A wireless system developed by Assistant Professor Ada Poon uses the same power as a cell phone to safely transmit energy to chips the size of a grain of rice. The technology paves the way for new "electroceutical" devices to treat illness or alleviate pain.

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New Way to Power Medical Implants
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Stanford engineer invents safe way to transfer energy to medical chips in the body

A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body and then use this power to run tiny electronic medical gadgets such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators or new sensors and devices yet to be developed.

Last modified Mon, 19 May, 2014 at 12:11

Stanford Engineering and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism announce Magic Grants to transform the world of media

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Grants will fund eight groups of students, faculty and post-docs to develop media technologies that could transform how stories are discovered and told.

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Brown Institute awards fund students' efforts to revolutionize content.

The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation has awarded its 2014-2015 Magic Grants to eight teams of students, faculty, alumni and post-doctoral researchers from Columbia and Stanford universities to develop new technologies that could transform the way media content is produced, delivered and consumed.

Last modified Tue, 6 May, 2014 at 9:50