Stanford IEEE Student Chapter Officers 2010-2011

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Frank Nothaft

Major, Year: Electrical Engineering, BS 2011
Frank is a BSH candidate in Electrical Engineering and a minor candidate in Management Science & Engineering. Frank's academic interests are in digital systems design and computer architecture. Frank has worked with Stanford IEEE over the past three years as a Freshman Intern his Freshman year, and as the Undergraduate Liason his Sophomore year. This is Frank's second year as Stanford IEEE chair. Frank originally hails from Vienna, VA, a small suburb of Washington, DC, and used to compete for the Stanford Track and Field team, but now competes as an unattached athlete in the discus and hammer throws.

James Chen

Major, Year: Electrical Engineering, BS 2012
James is a senior in Electrical Engineering. He's interested in optimization and signal processing. When procrastinating, he likes to read about healthcare, government, and art.

Justin Hou

Major, Year: Electrical Engineering, BS 2012
Biography: Justin is a junior in computer science, and has been involved with Stanford IEEE since his freshman year, when he joined as a Freshman Intern. Since then, Justin has served two years as Stanford IEEE's treasurer. Outside of IEEE, Justin is a member of Lambda Phi Epsilon.

Vijay Narasimhan

Major, Year:   Electrical Engineering, Phd 2014
Biography: Vijay is a PhD candidate and Fulbright Scholar in the Materials Science Department at Stanford. Vijay is investigating how to use nanoscale roughness and ultra-thin surface coatings to make electron emission more efficient in sensors and energy conversion devices. He holds a Masters in Nanotechnology from the University of Cambridge and an undergraduate Computer Engineering degree from the University of Ottawa. He brings 8 years of service with the IEEE to his new role as EDS Chapter Chair. He served as Chair of the University of Ottawa Student Branch and was Membership Development Chair with IEEE Ottawa Section and IEEE Canada (Region 7). He has been awarded the IEEE's Larry K. Wilson Award and the IEEE Canadian Scholarship for his service.

Mingyu Kim

Major, Year: Computer Science, BS 2011
Mingyu is a Computer Science student, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. He has been a member of Stanford IEEE for the past two years and served as a corporate liaison. He likes to go swimming in the sunshine and play squash.

James Hsi

Major, Year: Electrical Engineering, BS 2011
James is a senior focusing in Computer Software who has spent many nights cursing at segfaults. He feels lucky to be at Stanford-- where the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well-- and is always striving to be as amazing as his peers.


Major, Year: Electrical Engineering, PhD 2012
Biography: Aakanksha Chowdhery received the B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 2007 and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 2009 from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, where she is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering under Prof. John M. Cioffi. Her research interests include communication theory and its applications to wireless and wire-line systems. During her graduate studies, she has been working on dynamic resource management algorithms for multicell wireless systems, digital subscriber lines and power-line communications. She is a recipient of Stanfordís Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) fellowship award in 2010.

Sudarshan Thitte

Major, Year: Computer Science, MS 2011
Biography: Sudarshan is a second year Masters student in Computer Science, with a focus on Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. He is passionate about the outreach of CS research to the student community at large and has thus assumed responsibilities of suggesting and organizing technical talks on campus, both from professors and industry. He can be reached at

Shruthi Baskaran

Major, Year: Electrical Engineering, BS 2013
Biography: Shruthi is a junior in electrical engineering and this is her first year working with Stanford IEEE as a corporate liaison. Shruthi's main interests lie in biomedical devices, and the fusion of engineering and medicine.


Rahul Pandey

Major, Year: Electrical Engineering, BS
Biography: Rahul Pandey is a sophomore from Rochester, Michigan studying Computer Science. He is excited to contribute to Stanford IEEE in his first year with the organization. Outside of IEEE, Rahul has been involved with electromagnetic metamaterial research, Stanford Alumni Mentoring, and Sanskriti, a South Asian cultural group. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, exploring new places, and eating delicious vegan food.

Ian Wong

Major, Year: Electrical Engineering, BS 2008; Electrical Engineering, MS 2009; Electrical Engineering, PhD 2013
Ian is a second year PhD student in EE. Having done his undergrad also at Stanford, he is a long time member of Stanford IEEE. In his spare time, Ian relishes the memories of his upbringing in Vancouver and misses the rain. Ian can usually be found at Bytes drinking coffee and pretending to work. Drop by and say hi!

Siddharth Jonathan

Position: Adviser
Major, Year: Computer Science, MS 2007
Siddharth Jonathan is an alum of the Computer Science Masters program where he graduated with Distinction in Research. He also received the Best Masters Thesis Award at Stanford in Computer Science. He is currently a Scientist at Powerset where he works on Ranking for the Powerset Natural Language Search Engine. His research interests span Web Search, Machine Learning, Probabilistic Models, Text Mining and NLP. View his blog at and his homepage at

Nitin Dua

Position: Adviser
Major, Year: Electrical Engineering, MS 2007
Nitin has been involved with IEEE since 2003. He has great interest in cleantech, healthcare and high-tech areas and is involved in entrepreneurial ventures. Previously, he has got experiences in investments at premier financial firms, venture fund, technology companies and research institutes. He holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He has held engineering associate positions at Wolfson Center, UK and visiting scholar position at Stanford also. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, experimentation with cooking, exploring new places and meeting new people. For more details, please refer his page on LinkedIn.

Ze Yuan

Major, Year: Electrical Engineering, MS/PhD 2014
Biography: Ze Yuan / Zachary Yuan received his B.Eng. degree from the Department of Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics, Tsinghua University in July, 2009. In his senior year of undergraudate study, Ze Yuan worked with the CAD group, Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua University, under the guidance of Prof. Zhiping Yu. His past research interests are in the modeling of nanoscale electronic devices, including compact modeling of multi-gate MOSFETs and quantum transport modeling. Ze Yuan is now working towards his MS/PhD degrees at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University. His study is supported by Stanford Graduate Fellowship.


Andrew Ma

Major, Year: Electrical Engineering, MS/PhD 2014
Biography: Andrew Ma received his B.S. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He is now working towards his MS/PhD degrees at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University. His research interests are autonomous implantable medical electronics.