Global Engineering Programs News
Student Lead Profile – Anneke Claypool
April 8, 2016
This article written about her is a part of a series of articles and interviews that seeks to give viewers of this website more information about the Student Leads of our different summer programs.
Anneke on being in South Africa as Student Lead for SETS 2016
Anneke Claypool is the student lead for SETS in South Africa for this summer. This summer, however, will not be the first time that Anneke will be going to the country. In the past, Anneke has traveled to South Africa several times, to visit and passing through. While visiting South Africa, she fell in love with the country and was fascinated by how it is the center of Southern Africa’s commerce and trade. Thus, when applications for SETS South Africa student lead opened up last Fall, with the focus on the study tour being technology and innovation, Anneke could not pass up on the opportunity to become student lead. “There is so much to learn by seeing the advances that are being made in other countries”, said Anneke in reference to why she decided to apply to be student lead for SETS South Africa. “I wanted to learn more about South Africa, especially with regards to how it is advancing STEM fields. I am very excited to find companies that push the boundaries of how Stanford students think of South Africa as well as to learn about the culture and history.”
More broadly, Anneke is interested in innovation and policy in countries besides the United States. Before coming to Stanford, she studied mathematics and international relations at the University of Colorado. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Management Science and Engineering with a focus on health policy. “The mathematics I studied [in college] was very theoretical while international relations was mostly qualitative. I am happy to be in MS&E where I can study both the theory behind the math we use and where I can apply those theories to real world problems.”
Anneke has also been to other countries in the Southern Africa region. Before coming to Stanford, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, a country north-east of South Africa. In Mozambique, she taught 9th and 11th grade mathematics in a high school. Her experience with teaching these high schoolers inspired her current course of study in health policy in graduate school. While in Mozambique, Anneke noticed that many of the problems facing the school – absent students, absent teachers, and homework completion – were health related. “I would talk to the students about malaria, when everyone was getting sick, and there was great awareness about how to get tested and treat malaria. What was lacking was a consistent supply of these test kits and treatments in the hospital. I decided I wanted to use my background in math to look at the policy problems in global health in order to work towards feasible solutions. I am very excited to be in a department where I can do just that.” In her PhD program, Anneke uses mathematical models in order to test which health policies are the best choice considering the factors of the area.
In the future, Anneke hopes to research health systems in the United States and certain countries in Africa and Latin America as well as the ways in which these systems can be improved. Going to South Africa to examine innovation and technology with her Stanford mentees, Anneke hopes that that her experience in South Africa will contribute to her future goals with regards to innovation in health policy. “I am so happy to be leading a team of students in order to learn from interesting places, innovations, companies and organizations in such an important country in Africa. SETS South Africa is a great way to organize this and I think it will be a fantastic experience.”
Student Lead Interview – Herbert Silva
Last fall, Herbert Silva – a PhD student in the Stanford Mechanical Engineering Department – was selected to be the student lead for SSLP in Argentina for summer 2016. GEP student interns had the opportunity to interview Herbert in order to learn more about him and his interest in Argentina and in the field of engineering. Read his profile below to get to know more about him!
Student Lead Profile – Tammy Chang
Last fall, Tammy Chang – a PhD student in the Stanford Electrical Engineering Department – was selected to be the student lead for our SETS program in China for summer 2016. GEP student interns had the opportunity to interview Tammy in order to learn more about her and her interest in China and in the field of engineering. Read her profile below to get to know more about her!
About Tammy Chang:
Tammy Chang is the Student Lead for SETS China 2016. Even though she was born in the U.S., her parents are immigrants to the U.S. from Taiwan. Tammy pursued her undergraduate career at UCLA, where she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Since 2012, she has been at Stanford pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering.
Tammy’s research and internship work have largely been focused on the area of wireless communications, both in simulation and hardware development. As an undergraduate, her studies in electrical engineering was specialized in antennas and microwave circuits, but her research work was related to packet scheduling for wireless networks. As a graduate student, her work is now focused on developing RF hardware for 5G and IoT wireless systems. Additionally, besides research in school, Tammy has interned for companies such as Agilent Technologies Inc, as well as Broadcom and Qualcomm. In the summers of 2011 and 2012, before coming to Stanford, Tammy received the UCLA-Peking University Joint Research Institute Scholarship to do research abroad in Beijing as an undergraduate student, working with Professor Anpeng Huang and Professor Wang Yang at Peking University. When she was in Beijing, she participated in a research group working on a LTE simulation platform for China Potevio, a company headquartered in the Zhongguancun district near Peking University.
While abroad in Beijing, Tammy had an incredible time doing her research assistantship. She also had the wonderful opportunity to teach and mentor while in China, and remembering those great experiences in China, she couldn't help but feel like her background would be a good fit for SETS China 2016. Tammy’s time in China played a critical role in widening her perspective, and she wanted to be a part of that experience for other students through the SETS program. Her desire to widen students’ perspectives on the SETS China program also aligns with her desires to teach in the future. Tammy came to graduate school with the ambition of not only obtaining a PhD, but also acquiring the experience necessary for her to be an excellent teacher at the college level in the future. For her, SETS is important for this ambition; participation as a student lead in SETS provides an opportunity for her to teach and mentor undergraduates as well as graduate students in both their engineering study and personal experiences while visiting China. Tammy will likely also work as an engineer in the tech industry, so this experience will contribute to her establishing connections with Chinese companies and will also allow her to have a better understanding of them. At Stanford, Tammy and her research group frequently discuss the impact of wireless hardware companies such as Huawei and Apple, to name a few. She looks forward to digging deeper into China's tech development in relation to companies such as Huawei and Apple while on this study tour.
Meet our Faculty Leaders for SETS
For summer 2016, SETS will be in South Africa and China. Check out our faculty leaders for SETS in their profiles below!
Dr. Tina Seelig – Faculty Leader for SETS South Africa
Dr. Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) at Stanford University. She earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University School of Medical where she studied neuroplasticity. She has also worked as a management consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, as a multimedia producer at Compaq Computer Corporation, and was the founder of a multimedia company called BookBrowser.
Currently, Dr. Seelig is a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (SoE entrepreneurship center) and she also teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the MS&E department and d-school. Dr. Seelig has also written many books on the topics of creativity and entrepreneurship, including What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (2009), inGenius (2012), and Insight Out (2015). It is only appropriate that Dr. Seelig would lead a GEP program focused on entrepreneurship and technology. She will definitely bring her enthusiasm for creativity and entrepreneurship to SETS this summer!
Check out her article on how companies need to continually reframe their businesses in order to survive as markets and technology change:
Dr. Matteo Cargnello – Faculty Leader for SETS China
Dr. Matteo Cargnello is Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Terman Faculty Fellow. He received his Ph.D. in Nanotechnology in 2012 at the University of Trieste (Italy) and he was then a post-doctoral scholar in the Chemistry Department at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the Faculty at Stanford. His group research interests are related to sustainable energy generation and use, control of emissions of greenhouse gases, and better utilization of abundant building blocks. His group research interests are in the preparation and use of uniform and tailored materials for heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis, as well as the technological exploitation of nanoparticles and nanocrystals.
Check out what his research group has been up to at their research group site!