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Winners of the 2010 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes Announced

06-08-10

The student winners of the 2010 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special luncheon with the Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis family. Xiquan Cui received the prize in Biotechnology for his work on biophotonics with Professor Changhuei Yang; Matt Eichenfield received the prize in Nanotechnology for his work in nanomechanics with Professor Oskar Painter; Morgan Putnam received the prize in Entrepreneurship for work on silicon solar cells with Professor Harry Atwater; and Andrew May received the prize in Environmentally Benign Renewable Energy Sources for his work on thermoelectric materials with Professor Sossina Haile and Dr. Jeff Snyder.

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2010 ASCIT Teaching Awards

06-04-10

Adam Wierman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and Glen A. George, Lecturer in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, have been chosen by the Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology (ASCIT) to receive 2010 ASCIT Teaching Awards. These awards recognize individuals who inspire and motivate students, are approachable, and present course material effectively and efficiently.

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Congratulations to Professor Ali Hajimiri

05-17-10

Congratulations to Professor Ali Hajimiri for being awarded the Thomas G. Myers Professorship of Electrical Engineering. This is an endowed professorial chair in recognition of his outstanding achievements.

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Molecules that Behave Like Robots

05-12-10

Erik Winfree, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Computation and Neural Systems, and Bioengineering, and colleagues from Columbia University, Arizona State University, and the University of Michigan have programmed an autonomous molecular "robot" made out of DNA to start, move, turn, and stop while following a DNA track. The development could ultimately lead to molecular systems that might one day be used for medical therapeutic devices and molecular-scale reconfigurable robots—robots made of many simple units that can reposition or even rebuild themselves to accomplish different tasks. [Caltech Press Release]

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Professor Effros and Colleagues Appear in Scientific American

04-09-10

Michelle Effros, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and colleagues have written an interesting piece in Scientific American on how wireless networks that do not depend on a fixed infrastructure will allow for ubiquitous connectivity. [Scientific American Article]

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Christof Koch and Pietro Perona Found that Human Decisions are Influenced by Both Value and Saliency

04-02-10

Christof Koch, Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology and Professor of Computation and Neural Systems, Pietro Perona, Allen E. Puckett Professor of Electrical Engineering, and colleagues' research on decision making and visual saliency has found that human decisions are influenced by both value and saliency in a way that is consistent with the ideal Bayesian observer. [Abstract]

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Professor Krause Receives NSF CAREER Award

02-23-10

Andreas Krause, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, has been awarded the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his proposal "Coping with the Data Deluge -- Algorithms, Human Aspects and Applications" which investigates principled, scalable methods for extracting the most useful information from massive data sets. The CAREER program is NSF's most prestigious awards for junior faculty members. The level and 5-year duration of the awards are designed to enable awardees to develop careers as outstanding teacher-scholars.

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Anthony Leonard and Richard Flagan Elected Members of the 2010 Class of the NAE

02-18-10

Anthony Leonard, Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus, and Richard C. Flagan, Irma and Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Environmental Science & Engineering; Executive Officer of Chemical Engineering, have been elected members of the 2010 class of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). NAE membership honors those who have made important contributions to engineering theory and practice, and those who have demonstrated unusual accomplishments in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology. Election to the NAE is one the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive. Professor Flagan was elected to the NAE "for leadership in invention, measurement, production, and technology of aerosols" and Professor Leonard was elected "for contributions to simulation of turbulence, new vortex methods of flow simulation, and understanding of flow-induced vibration." [Caltech Today Article]

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Nanoscale Structures with Superior Mechanical Properties

02-09-10

Julia Greer, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering, and Dongchan Jang, Postdoctoral Scholar, have developed a way to make some notoriously brittle materials ductile—yet stronger than ever—simply by reducing their size. Professor Greer describes, "We are entering a new era in materials science, where structural materials can be created not only by utilizing monolith structures, like ceramics and metals, but also by introducing 'architectural' features into them." [Caltech Press Release]

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Aydin Babakhani Wins Charles Wilts Prize

12-23-09

Congratulations to graduate student Aydin Babakhani, the 2009 winner of the Charles Wilts Prize for his research in Near-Field Direct Antenna Modulation (NFDAM) for on-chip mm-wave transceivers. Dr. Babakhani’s advisor was Ali Hajimiri, Professor of Electrical Engineering.

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