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  • Debbie Senesky

    Debbie Senesky

    Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering

    BioDebbie G. Senesky is an Associate Professor at Stanford University in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and by courtesy, the Electrical Engineering Department. In addition, she is the Principal Investigator of the EXtreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory (XLab). Her research interests include the development of nanomaterials for extreme harsh environments, high-temperature electronics, and robust instrumentation for Venus exploration. In the past, she has held positions at GE Sensing (formerly known as NovaSensor), GE Global Research Center, and Hewlett Packard. She received the B.S. degree (2001) in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California. She received the M.S. degree (2004) and Ph.D. degree (2007) in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Senesky recently chaired the 2018 Women in Aerospace Symposium (WIA2018) at Stanford University. She has served on the technical program committee of the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEEE IEDM), International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems (Transducers), and International Symposium on Sensor Science (I3S). She is currently the co-editor of three technical journals: IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Sensors, and Micromachines. In addition, she currently serves on the board of directors of the non-profit organization Scientific Adventures for Girls. In recognition of her research, she received the Emerging Leader Abie Award from in 2018, Early Faculty Career Award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 2012, Gabilan Faculty Fellowship Award in 2012, and Sloan Ph.D. Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2004.

    Prof. Senesky's career path and research has been featured on the People Behind the Science podcast, the Future of Everything radio show,, and NPR's Tell Me More program. More information about Prof. Senesky can be found at and on Instagram (@astrodebs).

  • Xiaofeng Shao

    Xiaofeng Shao

    Affiliate, Stanford Center For Position, Navigation and Time (SCPNT)

    BioA seasoned entrepreneur and senior executive with multiple start-up enterprises in Silicon Valley and China. As co-founder, vp engineering, CTO of Easyway Company Limited, design and implement Chinese high-speed rail passenger transit service system. As founding team member, start up EPIN Technologies, Inc., ServGate Technologies, Inc., NetScreen Technologies, Inc. between 1996 ~ 2006.
    Research fellow and deputy director, centre for high-speed rail technology (CHRT), Tsinghua University. Managed R&D projects for China high speed rail system since 2006; Initiated “Introduction for High-Speed Rail Technologies” class at California State University, Bakersfield.
    Venture partner of TEEC Angel Fund in Palo Alto. General partner of TSVCAP fund.
    BSEE, MSEE, Lecturer/Assistant Professor at Tsinghua University following with visiting scholar at University of California San Diego during 1980 ~ 1993. First prize winner of Rail Technologies Awards by China Railway Society.

  • Kiril Solovey

    Kiril Solovey

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Aeronautics and Astronautics

    BioI am a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Autonomous Systems Lab, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, hosted by Marco Pavone. My research focuses on algorithmic aspects of robotics. I am particularly interested in the design and analysis of techniques for robot motion planning, multi-robot systems, and autonomous mobility on demand. I am supported by the Fulbright Scholars Program.

    Prior to Stanford, I was a Ph.D. student at Tel Aviv University working with Dan Halperin in the Computational Geometry Lab. I was supported by the Clore Israel Foundation.