ENGenious is a publication for alumni and friends of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science.

Table of Contents - Issue No.10, Fall 2014

Message From The Chair

Ares Rosakis

Snap Shots

  • Transformational Impact: Resnick Sustainability Institute Enters Second Phase
  • International Space Leadership
  • Celebrating 20 Years: Control and Dynamical Systems at Caltech
  • Making the Computer Era Possible


Who's New

New Faculty
Moore Scholar

Alumni Profile

Furthering the Exploration Frontier: Robert Behnken

APhMS Feature

Strikingly Passionate
Applied Physics and Materials Science Faculty


Back Cover Image: This porous aluminum oxide was prepared in Professor Katherine Faber’s laboratory by freeze casting aluminum oxide powder suspended in water. By imposing a temperature gradient across the slurry, water freezes, ejecting ceramic particles at the freezing front, where they are compacted between the freezing ice crystals. In contrast to the siloxane/cyclohexane described above, ice solidifies as lamellae, resulting in porous layers, rather than dendrites, which provide for easy flow. The image was taken perpendicular to the freezing direction using scanning electron microscopy; lamellar spacing is approximately 150 micrometers.


Back Inside Cover Image: The renovations of the Guggenheim Building and the Earle M. Jorgensen Laboratory as well as the design and construction of the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology have received many awards and honors over the past seven years. The renovations of the historic Guggenheim Building, which was one of the seven original buildings established in the 1920s by the Guggenheim Foundation, has received 10 honors, including three from the American Institute of Architects. The Jorgensen Laboratory has received five honors, with the latest being a Sustainable Innovation Award from the U.S. Green Building Council. The newly built Annenberg Center has also received five honors, including being named the 2011 Project of the Year by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles Chapter. To learn more and view the list of awards, visit eas.caltech.edu/about.

Idea Flow

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Planes: Continuing GALCIT’s Tradition of Excellence

Progress Report

The Tale of Two Lasers

Alumni Profile

Riding the Caltech Wave: Costas Synolakis

Campus Resource

Cultivating Entrepreneurship
The Caltech Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships

The Caltech Division of Engineering and Applied Science consists of seven departments and supports close to 90 faculty who are working at the edges of fundamental science to invent the technologies of the future.


Trity Pourbahrami


Vicki Chiu


Leona Kershaw

Copy Editor

Sara Arnold

Contributing Writers

Jeff Mortimer



Image Credits

Front cover: Maninpat Naviroj (advisor: Katherine Faber)
pp. 2, 6 (Austin), 7 (Faber), 14–18, 20, 23–29, 31, 33, 35, 36, 39 (Bernardi), 42, 43 (Graff/Hirsch), 51: Vicki Chiu
p. 3: Courtesy of Foster and Coco Stanback
p. 4: Resnick: Vicki Chiu; International Space Leadership: Christine Ramirez
p. 5: CDS 20: Sydney Garstang; Carver Mead: Courtesy of the Archives, California Institute of Technology
p. 6: Courtesy of Domniki Asimaki
p. 7: Courtesy of Victoria Kostina
p. 8: Courtesy of Thomas Vidick; Courtesy of Yisong Yue
p. 9: Courtesy of Robert Braun
pp. 10–13: Courtesy of NASA
p. 14: Middle image courtesy of Paul Bellan
p. 19: Lance Hayashida
p. 21: Dr. Fabian Stolzenburg, working with Professor Katherine Faber
p. 22: Courtesy of Julia Greer
p. 30: Courtesy of Sandra Troian
p. 32: Briana Ticehurst
pp. 37–38: Courtesy of Oskar Painter
p. 39: Courtesy of Stevan Nadj-Perge
pp. 40–41, 43: Courtesy of Emilio Graff
pp. 44–45: Courtesy of Amnon Yariv
pp. 46–48: Courtesy of Costas Synolakis
Inside back cover (clockwise): Benny Chan Fotoworks; Vicki Chiu; Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects Back cover: Sarah M. Miller (advisor: Katherine Faber)