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Widom named dean of School of Engineering

Provost Persis Drell announced on Monday that Jennifer Widom, the Fletcher Jones Professor in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, will be dean of the School of Engineering starting Mar. 13. Widom will succeed Interim Dean Thomas Kenny, who took on the role after Drell was named Provost. In her 24-year career at Stanford, Widom has served as Computer…

Stanford opens new AI and automated driving research center

On Sept. 4, Stanford announced that it would be opening a new research center devoted to artificial intelligence and building autonomous cars. The SAIL-Toyota Center for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research is the result of a partnership between the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL), researchers at MIT and Toyota, which has pledged $25 million to support Stanford’s research on artificial intelligence.

New engineering course partners with German university

The Stanford School of Engineering has announced a new course, Engineering 311C: Expanding Engineering Limits: Culture, Diversity, and Gender (ENGR 311C), for this fall, which will investigate the topics of culture, diversity and gender with respect to the engineering world. The course features a partnership with Aachen University in Germany, providing the class with the opportunity to discuss international perspectives on prevalent topics.

A look at Stanford computer science part II: Challenges of a growing field

Within the last few years, the field of computer science (CS) has grown rapidly nationwide. At Stanford, a university with a strong history of computer science, the annual number of students declaring CS as their major has grown more than 300 percent in the last decade. While this change has created excitement within the department, the rapid expansion has also provoked concerns amongst faculty.