ENGenious

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

Table of Contents - Issue No.6, Spring 2007

Note From The Chair

Letter from the E&AS Chair: David Rutledge
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Snap Shots

'Round About the Institute: Recent Events on Campus
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New Faculty

Who’s New: New Faculty, Joint Appointments,
and Moore Distinguished Scholar
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ME100

Mechanical Engineering: Celebrating 100 Years of Forward Motion in a Constantly Changing Landscape
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CCSER

Powering the Planet
The Caltech Center for Sustainable Energy Research
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Alumni Profile

Alexis C. Livanos
Vision, Ethics, Passion, Transformation—The Shaping of a Leader in Aerospace
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Progress Report

Building a Microscopic Microscope
by Changhuei Yang and Demetri Psaltis
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Cover image caption: Montage created from photos and research images highlighting the strengths of Mechanical Engineering at Caltech. Two 2007 ME72 contestants are shown, Jeff Kranski and Tony Kelman, making last-milli-second adjustments to their machines. The lattice figure is from research by current PhD student Vikram Gavini (MS '04). It depicts the hierarchy of triangulations that form the basis of a new method (called QC-OFDFT) for conducting electronic structure calculations at continuum length scales. This method probes the quantum-mechanical nature of defects in solids where necessary, while seamlessly capturing long-ranged continuum fields. The backdrop of sand dunes is in reference to a long-standing inquiry by Caltech researchers into the "booming sand dune" phenomenon. Melany Hunt, Executive Officer and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and her colleagues have recently made great progress on understanding the origins of this "music of the dunes."

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Above: An early frog embryo, imaged at high-resolution using surface imaging microscopy, a novel technique first applied to developmental biology in the Biological Imaging Center at Caltech.

Idea Flow

Virendra Sarohia
Bringing Academia to the Forefront of Space Research
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Campus Resource

Sherman Fairchild Library: Ten Years Later
by Kimberly Douglas
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Research Note

Biochemical Logic: Submerged Circuits of Floating DNA
by Erik Winfree
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