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​Thomas Kenny wins the IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award

​The award recognizes inventions and innovations with significant technical applications.
Kenny leads the Stanford Micro Structures and Sensors Laboratory and explores fundamental microphysical phenomena. | Image credit: Rod Searcey

Thomas Kenny, the Richard W. Weiland Professor and senior associate dean for student affairs in the School of Engineering, recently received the 2019 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies for the development and widespread commercialization of MEMS resonators for timing applications. The IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award recognizes recently discovered or invented technologies that express originality, impact and technical importance to the field of engineering, computing and information technology.

Kenny leads the Stanford Micro Structures and Sensors Laboratory, where he and his group have explored fundamental microphysical phenomena and used these discoveries to design practical microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices for real-world applications. Through this research, Kenny and his team have contributed to production of more than 1 billion precision timing oscillators that are widely used in modern consumer electronics products. Kenny’s team is currently extending this work toward development of next-generation high-performance inertial sensors and ultra-stable time references. Kenny holds more than 50 U.S. patents and previously received the IEEE Technical Achievement Award and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. He has served as the senior associate dean of engineering for student affairs since 2015.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Kenny joins a select group of highly esteemed professionals in this award.