Jennifer Widom, a professor of computer science and of electrical engineering at Stanford University for more than two decades, became the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the School of Engineering in March 2017.
A distinguished researcher in data and information management, Widom with her group pioneered foundations and software systems for many nontraditional types and applications of data, including active databases, semi-structured data, data streams, uncertain data and data provenance. By placing all of her group’s prototype software in the public domain and providing technical advice to companies both big and small, she has influenced a wide swath of commercial data management and analysis tools over the years.
Widom is an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She received the ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award in 2015, the ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000.
Her research long predates the term “big data” and the recognition that data collection and analysis are critical to many aspects of scholarship and society. The increasing relevance of her own research area makes Widom particularly attuned to ways in which scholars of engineering and computer science can partner with others in a wide variety of fields.
Widom is also an innovator in engineering education. She taught one of Stanford’s first massive open online courses (MOOCs) and spent her 2016-17 sabbatical traveling the world teaching computer science in developing countries. Most recently she served as senior associate dean in the School of Engineering, where she co-led a long-range planning effort with colleague Arun Majumdar to map the future trajectory of one of the world’s leading engineering schools.
Widom, the Fletcher Jones Professor in Computer Science and professor of electrical engineering, served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2009 to 2014 and senior associate dean for faculty and academic affairs in the School of Engineering from 2014 to 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree in music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 1982, and her computer science doctorate from Cornell University in 1987. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 1993, Widom was a researcher at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose.
Widom took a year off in 2007 to travel the world with her family when her two children were young. Her husband, Professor Alex Aiken, is currently the chair of the Department of Computer Science at Stanford, having succeeded Widom in that role in 2014. In addition to her husband, two of Widom’s family members are prominent scholars: Her father, Harold Widom, is a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz; her uncle Benjamin Widom is a professor emeritus of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University.
Department: Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering
Stacy Bent is the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, the Jagdeep & Roshni Singh Professor of Engineering and Professor, by courtesy of Materials Science and Engineering, of Electrical Engineering and of Chemistry. She was a postdoctoral fellow at AT&T Bell Laboratories and assistant professor of chemistry at New York University before moving to Stanford University in 1998. The research in the Bent laboratory is focused on understanding and controlling surface and interfacial chemistry and applying this knowledge to a range of problems in semiconductor processing, micro- and nano-electronics, nanotechnology, and sustainable and renewable energy. Much of the research aims to develop a molecular-level understanding in these systems, and hence the group uses of a variety of molecular probes. Bent is a Senior Fellow in the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Director of the TomKat Center on Sustainable Energy. She received a BS in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley and a PhD in chemistry from Stanford.
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 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.
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Thomas Kenny is the Richard W. Weiland Professor in Mechanical Engineering. In 1994 he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His group is researching fundamental issues and applications of micromechanical structures. These devices are usually fabricated from silicon wafers using integrated circuit fabrication tools. Because this research field is multidisciplinary in nature, work in this group is characterized by strong collaborations with other departments, as well as with local industry. Kenny worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1989 to 1993, where his research focused on the development of electron-tunneling high-resolution microsensors. He is a member of Bio-X. Kenny is a founder of Cooligy, Inc., a microfluidics chip cooling components manufacturer, and serves on the Board of Directors of SiTime Corporation (2004 - Present). He received the BS degree in physics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and the MS and PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a fellow of ASME.
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.
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.
Department: Chemical Engineering and MechanicalEngineering
Eric Shaqfeh is the Lester Levi Carter Professor and Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. He earned a B.S.E. summa cum laude from Princeton University (1981), and a M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1986) from Stanford University all in Chemical Engineering. In 1986, he was a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. From 1987 through 1989 he was employed as a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ before joining the Stanford Chemical Engineering faculty in early 1990. In 2001 he received a dual appointment and became Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is most recently (as of 2004) a faculty member in the Institute of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford.
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lynn Hildemann is the chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her current research areas include the sources and dispersion of indoor aerosols, the physicochemical properties of organic aerosols, and assessment of human exposure to PM. Hildemann received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in environmental engineering science from the California Institute of Technology. She is an author on more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, including four with over 600 citations each, and another 15 with over 100 citations each. She has been honored with Young Investigator Awards from NSF and ONR, the Kenneth T. Whitby Award from the AAAR (1998), and Stanford's Gores Award for Teaching Excellence (2013); she also was a co-recipient of Atmospheric Environment’s Haagen-Smit Outstanding Paper Award (2001).
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.
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.
Department: Management Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering
Nick Bambos is the chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Management Science & Engineering. He heads the Network Architecture and Performance Engineering research group at Stanford, conducting research in wireless network architectures, the Internet infrastructure, packet switching, network management and information service engineering, engaged in various projects of his Network Architecture Laboratory (NetLab). His current technology research interests include high-performance networking, autonomic computing, and service engineering. His methodological interests are in network control, online task scheduling, queueing systems and stochastic processing networks. He is on the Editorial Boards of several research journals and serves on various international technical committees and review panels for networking research and information technologies. He has been serving on the boards of various start-up companies in the Silicon Valley, consults on high technology development and management matters, and has served as lead expert witness in high-profile patent litigation cases in networking and computing.
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.
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Ken Goodson chairs the Mechanical Engineering Department and holds the Davies Family Provostial Professorship. He specializes in heat transfer and energy conversion and has 40 PhD alumni, nearly half of whom are professors at schools including Stanford, UC Berkeley, and MIT. Goodson is a Fellow with ASME, IEEE, AAAS, and APS. Honors include the ASME Kraus Medal, the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, the IEEE Thermi Award, the AIChE Kern Award, the SRC Technical Excellence Award and, in 2015, named lectureships at MIT, the University of Illinois, and Purdue. Goodson co-founded Cooligy, which developed cooling systems for Apple desktops. Goodson’s education at MIT includes the BS’89 and PhD’93 in mechanical engineering as well as the BS’89 in Music.
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.