Stanford Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (SREU)
2009-04-16

To build understanding between U.S. and Chinese students and between Stanford and Peking /Tsinghua Universities by attracting top Chinese undergraduate students to Stanford to work with faculty and students on research. By being part of the SREU cohort, Chinese students will learn from and enhance Stanford undergraduate students’ experience with a diverse, international population, broadening the perspective of both groups. 

1. The program will start from June 23 of 2009 to September 8 (10 weeks); 

2. Stanford will pay for all the expense including travel, housing, registration and stipend; 

3. Junior students with matched background as candidates; 

4. Each candidate is required to prepare application materials including an official transcript, a resume, a statement of purpose, and 1-2 recommendation letters; 

5. Statement of Purpose: The word count limit of this essay is 800 words. The student may consider the following two questions while writing the statement of purpose:"Why do you apply to this program?""What unique contribution can you bring to the project/lab?" 

6. Deadline for applying: Jan 9 of 2009.  元培06级学生请将申请材料在截止日期前交于06级班主任于艳新老师处。

Attached please find the ten instructors’ position description and requirements.

 

 

Stanford SoE REU Position Description for PKU Students for 2009 

Professor’s Name Stephen W. Tsai 
Department  Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
REU Position Description (e.g. what is the type of project you have in mind for the student?) Design of composite materials for aircraft and wind turbines.  Modeling of composite materials and structures using global and local models.  Must have background and in mechanics of composites.  Prediction of strength and life of composites.
Desired Skills & Background Proficient in finite element analysis like Abaqus and Nastran.  Study of deformation and failure of fiber, matrix and interface.  Experience in testing of composites and basic manufacturing processes.
 
Professor’s Name  Gerald Fuller
Department  Chemical Engineering
REU Position Description (e.g. what is the type of project you have in mind for the student?) The summer intern would conduct experiments investigating the removal of colloidal, particulate contaminants from semiconductor wafers. This fundamental research applies fluid mechanical processing to polymeric liquids that are designed to have soft, adhesive characteristics that can effectively remove contaminants but leave microstructures installed in the wafers undamaged.
Desired Skills & Background The student should have some knowledge of fluid mechanics and some experience with optical microscopy.
 
Professor’s Name Ryan Orr / Ray Levitt 
Department  Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
REU Position Description (e.g. what is the type of project you have in mind for the student?)  Assist with research on infrastructure funds, public private partnerships, and global projects. 
Desired Skills & Background Strong English speaker.A background in Architecture/Civil Engineering and Project Management is required.  Prior coursework in economics, finance and contract law is desirable. 

Professor’s Name
Yi Cui 
Department  Materials Science and Engineering
REU Position Description (e.g. what is the type of project you have in mind for the student?) Nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and devices.    
Desired Skills & Background Materials synthesis, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, electron beam lithography 
 
Professor’s Name Dr. Juan G. Santiago 
Department  Mechanical Engineering
REU Position Description (e.g. what is the type of project you have in mind for the student?) Project title:  General purpose automated multi-well plate Background:  Our lab has developed a pump that is small and inexpensive enough that arrays of pumps can be embedded into disposable labware. Goal: The goal of the project is to integrate an array of our pumps into a standard multi-well plate (also called “96-well plates”, “48-well plates”, etc.).  A non-disposable radio transceiver will attach to the plate and communicate with the user’s computer.  Adjacent wells in the plate will have two pumps between them, one for flow in each direction.  Each pump can be independently activated by radio control from a program running on the user’s computer.  Thus the user can design an arbitrary experiment to execute any sequence of pumping operations between wells in the plate, in any environment, including cell culture incubators and fume hoods. Purpose:  The automated multi-well plate will allow scientists to automate experiments in which liquids are sequentially added to or removed from wells, with increased throughput, precision, and reproducibility at low cost compared to existing lab automation solutions that tend to be large-scale.  For example, the plate could be programmed to automate antibody staining, ELISA assays, and assays to test drug effects on cells. 
Desired Skills & Background Essential:-     excellent conversational English

-     interest in microfluidics and lab automation

-     interest in experiments and prototypingDesired but not essential:-     microfabrication experience-     AutoCAD or SolidWorks -     basic electronics-     some programming experience
 
Professor’s Name Leonidas J. Guibas 
Department  Computer Science
REU Position Description (e.g. what is the type of project you have in mind for the student?) One of the two positions will be filled: 
  1. Detection of symmetries and regular patterns in scanned 3D geometry – see for example: http://graphics.stanford.edu/projects/lgl/papers/pmwpg-dsr3dg-08/pmwpg-dsr3dg-08.pdf
  2. Object tracking using a multi-camera sensor network – see for example: http://graphics.stanford.edu/projects/lgl/papers/hg-mpts3dtcsn-08/hg-mpts3dtcsn-08.pdf
 
Desired Skills & Background Basic skills in: Algorithms, Linear Algebra, Optimization  
 
Professor’s Name Ronald K. Hanson 
Department  Mechanical Engineering
REU Position Description (e.g. what is the type of project you have in mind for the student?) Visiting student will assist graduate students involved developing and applying diode infrared lasers for sensing species and gasdynamic properties (such as temperature and velocity) in combustion flowfields and engines.  work will involve benchtop measurements of spectroscopic properties of critical species and evaluation of candidate sensing strategies. 

Another project involves the use of shock tubes to study the chemical kinetics of combustion fuels.  visiting student will aid graduate students in the operation of the shock tube and laser-based diagnostic systems to measure critical reaction rate coefficients and validate candidate reaction mechanisms of hydrocarbon fuels and surrogates.
Desired Skills & Background   General laboratory experience; some knowledge of combustion, gasdynamics and energy conversion;  also desirable would be familiarity with lasers and spectroscopy 
 
Professor’s Name KC Huang 
Department  Bioengineering
REU Position Description (e.g. what is the type of project you have in mind for the student?) Computational modeling of networks in bacteria: project seeks to interpret experimental data on cellular behavior with simple biophysical models. Topics of interest include cell shape, membrane mechanics, cell division, and cell signaling. 
Desired Skills & Background Programming in MATLAB and C, coursework in molecular biology 
 
Professor’s Name Drew Endy 
Department  Bioengineering
REU Position Description (e.g. what is the type of project you have in mind for the student?) Stanford iGEM Team Exchange – The requested REU position will support one or more exchange student’s participation on the Stanford iGEM Team.  iGEM is the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition, through which teams of students at universities world-wide compete to design, build, and test a genetically-engineered organism of their own design. Last year ~900 students from ~85 schools participated, including PKU and Tsinghua. More information is available online via http://igem.org/  Any participating PKU or Tsinghua student would be an equal member in full standing on Stanford’s team.  The 2009 team will have access to the laboratories of Profs. Drew Endy and Christina Smolke and will be mentored by ~6 graduate students and several additional Stanford faculty.   
Desired Skills & Background REQUIRED (all four): Strong team player, positive attitude, passion for building things, desire to make the world better. DESIRED (at least one): wet lab biology techniques, computer simulation and modeling, graphical design and presentation
 
Professor’s Name Subhasish Mitra 
Department  Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
REU Position Description (e.g. what is the type of project you have in mind for the student?)

Only one of following positions will be filled:

 Position A: 

Early life failures (ELF) result from defective (weak) chips that may not cause functional failures under normal operating conditions during production test. However, these weak chips may fail early in the field, typically within the warranty period of a product (also called infant mortality). Traditional ELF screening techniques such as burn-in, Iddq testing, etc. face major barriers in advanced technologies – hence, new design and test techniques are required for overcoming ELF challenges. The student will participate in the project to develop this new design and test techniques which can be alternatives to the traditional ELF screening methodologies.

 Position B Heat conduction model for m-CNT burning process.Metallic CNTs is one of the major barriers for CNT (carbon nanotube) based electronic. Currently, electrical burning is a popular method to remove (de-functionalize) metallic CNTs. However, how to most effectively design a electrical burning technique still remains an open question. In this project, the REU student is expected to develop thermal model for such burning process. And if possible, they can validate their model using the experimental facilities we have. Such model can be a really significant contribution for optimizing electrical burning.  
Desired Skills & Background

For Position A:

 
  • circuit design and cad tool experience  (spice, spectre, cadence virtuoso, etc)
  • semiconductor device knowledge
  • experience in development of test structures
 For Position B: Solid background in physics and/or mechanics. Being able to independently design and perform experiments is a plus.