ENGenious

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

Table of Contents - Issue No.2, Spring 2002

Note From The Chair

Enter the second issue of ENGenious
by Richard Murray
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Snap Shots

'Round About the Institute: Radio Free Caltech; Minority Student Outreach; Ken Burns; A Women's Art Exhibit; and ME72
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Idea Flow

Ravichandran in Paris: Guruswami Ravichandran Joins the French Forces at École Polytechnique
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New Faculty

Thanos Siapas: Assistant Professor of Computation and Neural Systems
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ferroelectric materialMicroscopic patterns of the ferroelectric material barium titanate. Find out more in this issues Option Profile.

New Center

CIMMS: The Center for Integrative Multiscale Modeling and Simulation
by Jerrold E. Marsden
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Progress Report

Modeling in Engineering--The Challenge of Multiple Scales
by Rob Phillips
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Option Profile

Mechanical Engineering: Future Forward
by Erik K. Antonsson
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Cover image: Carbon Nanotube Carpets

Bacteria Nests: Microscale pattern formation of desiccated carbon nanotube carpets, after immersion in solutions containing bacterial spores (Bacillus Pumilus). In this project, carbon nanotubes are used to mimic cilia, which are Nature's ubiquitous micron-sized hair as found in the lung epithelium, for instance. Biomimetics helps us understand how cilia can be used for trapping particulates (spores, bacteria, toxins), for filtering biomolecules (DNA), for transporting fluids (as the mucus in the trachea or uterine cervix), and for sensing fluid flows (as the endolymphatic liquid in the ear cochlea). The master project is a collaborative Caltech/JPL effort on bionanofluidics (nanoscale fluid dynamics in biological processes). The principal investigators on this project are JPL's Flavio Noca, PhD '97 Aeronautics, and Mory Gharib, Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering, and graduate students Jijie Zhou and Elijah Sansom.

Additional Credits: Microscopy: R. Mielke / JPL ESEM. Spore tests: F. Chen / JPL Planetary Protection Group. Nanotube carpets: JPL Nanotube Group.

Bioengineering

Assembly and Creativity: An Interview with Three Founders of Caltech's Newest Option
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Anna Iwaniec: Bioengineering Graduate Student Working Close to the Heart
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Office of Technology Transfer
The Office of Technology Transfer

Campus Resource

The Caltech Office of Technology Transfer:
Making Friends and Start-Ups
by Fred Farina
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Sherman Fairchild Library:
Technical Reports in the New World
by Kimberly Douglas
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Emeritus

Paul C. Jennings, PhD '63:
Profile of an Everywhere Man
by George W. Housner
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Alumni Profile

Allen E. Puckett: PhD '49, Aeronautics
by Jill Andrews
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Research Note

Mitigating the Effects of the Ultimate Fracture Mechanics Problem: John Hall Looks at Earthquakes
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Professor John Hall
Professor of Civil Engineering John Hall
Division of Engineering and Applied Science