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  • Ben Rachunok

    Ben Rachunok

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    BioBen Rachunok is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University in The Fletcher Lab. His research focuses on integrating environmental justice and engineering principles to create climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies which justly benefit all populations. Currently, he is working to develop tools and management policies to enable low-cost water supply planning that is resilient to droughts and enables access to affordable water for all communities. Much of Ben and his colleagues’ work revolves around ensuring that decisions made by water providers and utilities to mitigate drought impacts respect every human’s right to safe, affordable, drinking water.

    Prior to joining Stanford, Ben made a number of contributions utilizing data science to study critical infrastructure. Notably, developing data scientific tools which utilize real-time social media data to quantify how communities are impacted by climate change and natural hazards. His work has been featured by Tech Crunch, Gizmodo, Yahoo! Finance, The Huffington Post, and the UN Office of Disaster Risk Reduction. Ben was an R&D Intern at the Center for Computing Research at Sandia National Labs. He received his BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering from North Carolina State University, and holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University where he was a recipient of the Lee Chaden Scholarship and Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award.

  • Athanasios Ramkaj

    Athanasios Ramkaj

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Electrical Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests- Research in analog/mixed-signal systems for various applications to improve performance and energy efficiency over existing solutions.
    - Investigation of architecture and circuit solutions in both BiCMOS and advanced CMOS technologies to realize ultra-low jitter high-linearity multi-GHz-bandwidth next-generation data converter systems.

  • Daniel Riedel

    Daniel Riedel

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Electrical Engineering

    BioDaniel is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University working on the integration of optically active spin defect centers in diamond into photonic networks in the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab lead by Prof. Jelena Vuckovic.

    Daniel's research focuses on the investigation of color centers in silicon carbide (SiC) and diamond and to study their synergies with various photonic platforms with the goal to create scalable building blocks of a quantum network operating at liquid helium temperature. He received his MSc in Physics with distinction in 2012 from University of Wurzburg in Germany and his PhD in Physics summa cum laude in 2017 from University of Basel. Before joining Stanford Daniel worked as a postdoc at California Institute of Technology on developing hybrid photonic networks for the integration of rare earth dopants in complex oxides (2019-2020).

    For his pioneering PhD research on coupling nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond to tunable microcavities, Daniel received several awards, e.g. from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Swiss Micro- and Nanotechnology Network and was invited to present at International conferences (e.g. SPIE in San Diego, CLEO Pacific Rim in Hong Kong). His postdoctoral research has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation with two subsequent grants.

    For more information, please refer to his CV below.