Spring 2018 Newsletter

In this newsletter, you’ll find information about leading research by MS&E professors as well as profiles of faculty and some of our graduating students.  Congratulations to the class of 2018!

MS&E Researchers Harness “Monophily” to Aid Attribute Predictions on Social Networks

Do you have a type when it comes to your friends?  

MS&E Professor Johan Ugander and PhD student Kristen Altenburger have developed a method that can predict attributes of an individual in a social network based on extreme preferences held by other individuals in that network.  This work also suggests that in certain contexts, friends-of-friends may offer a better prediction of a person’s attributes than their direct friends.  Read more...    

MS&E Professor Itai Ashlagi Discusses His Path to Engineering Matching Markets

We spoke with MS&E Professor Itai Ashlagi about his fascination with market design and how he got his start studying the rules of kidney exchanges and other matching markets.  Read more...   

Professor Robert McGinn Advocates for Formal Ethics Training for Budding Engineers

We hear much about ethics in medicine, law and business, but what about engineering?  According to Professor Robert McGinn, ethical conundrums come up more than you’d expect. He discusses specific cases in his new book, The Ethical Engineer: Contemporary Concepts and Cases.  Read more...

Undergrads Challenged to Solve Industry Problems in Senior Project Course 

One rite of passage for the undergrad MS&E major is MS&E 108, a learn-by-doing senior project course where companies bring in real-life industry problems and ask student teams to design solutions.  
We’ve highlighted their efforts here.


Meet the Graduating Class of 2018

We talked with seven graduating students ranging from undergrad to PhD about their time at MS&E and their post-Stanford plans.  They also gave us words of wisdom for continuing MS&E students. The future looks bright!  See their Spotlight Profiles here.

MS&E Career Collaborative Program Fosters Alumni Connections

The MS&E Career Collaborative Program hosted several events to help students explore a variety of career tracks, gain industry knowledge, and connect with alumni and employers in Silicon Valley. Read more...

Now on ECorner: Talk by Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and a New Season of FRICTION 

Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne addresses MS&E 472 and shares what he’s learned about leading organizations that turn discovery into real-world impact.  Watch now.   

MS&E Professor Bob Sutton returns for Season 2 of the FRICTION podcast, which explores the challenges of managing and scaling organizational change.  This season features interviews with MS&E Professor Kathy Eisenhardt and MS&E PhD alumnus Henning Piezunka.  Listen in for candid advice on how to navigate bureaucratic red tape and remove ineffective incentives.  Subscribe now.

MS&E Faculty News 

The Department of Veterans Affairs has commissioned Professor Margaret Brandeau and Professor Doug Owens (Stanford School of Medicine) to study the cost-effectiveness of interventions to reduce morbidity from opioid dependency.

Professor Elisabeth Paté-Cornell addressed the Space Foundation’s Symposium in April.  View her presentation, “Quantitative Analysis of Cyber Risk:  How Do We Best Manage It?”  She was recently named distinguished visiting scientist by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is also a member of the advisory committee for the Stanford Cyber Initiative.

Professor Ashish Goel won the SIGecom Test of Time award, which recognizes influential scholarship “that has had significant impact on research or applications in the field of economics and computation.” His 2006 paper, “Truthful Auctions for Pricing Search Keywords,” was co-authored by Gagan Aggarwal and Rajeev Motwani.
Congratulations to Professor Kathy Eisenhardt for receiving an honorary doctorate from ESSEC Paris.  This is her fifth career honorary doctorate!
The latest issue of Research Policy includes “The Persistence of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Immigrants” by Professor Chuck Eesley, with co-author Yong Suk Lee (Stanford FSI for International Studies.)  Eesley also won the 2018 Technical University of Munich “Research Excellence Award of the Peter Pribilla Foundation” for his work on the influence of the external environment on entrepreneurship in emerging economies.

Professor Sharad Goel recently launched the Stanford Computational Policy Lab with an interdisciplinary team from Stanford Engineering, Humanities and Sciences, and Law.  The lab’s mission is to “use technology to tackle pressing issues in criminal justice, education, voting rights and beyond.”  

Professor Melissa Valentine won a CHI 2018 Honorable Mention for her paper, “In Search of the Dream Team: Temporally Constrained Multi-Armed Bandits for Identifying Effective Team Structures,” with Sharon Zhou (Stanford PhD) and Michael Bernstein (Stanford Computer Science).


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