EAS Remembers James K. Knowles
James K. Knowles, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Applied Mechanics, Emeritus, passed away on Sunday November 1, 2009. He was a remarkable teacher and mentor; he inspired and influenced generations of students and scholars. He made fundamental research contributions to the Theory of Nonlinear Elasticity, to Wave Propagation and Phase Transformations. His seminal contributions were recognized by the Eringen Medal of the Society of Engineering Science and the Koiter Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Annenberg Center Dedication Celebration
"I pronounce the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology at Caltech officially open!," said Ares Rosakis, Chair of the E&AS Division, at the October 30, 2009 dedication ceremony. Of the many attendees, VIPs included Caltech President Jean-Lou Chameau, Leonard Aube, Executive Director of The Annenberg Foundation, Frederick Fisher of Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects, Lauren Bechtel Dachs of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Peter Hero VP for Development and Alumni Relations, and Mathieu Desbrun, Caltech Professor of Computer Science. [Dedication Ceremony]
Wilfred Iwan Receives Bruce Bolt Medal
Wilfred Iwan, Professor of Applied Mechanics, Emeritus, has received the Bruce Bolt Medal. The medal is awarded jointly by the Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and Seismological Society of America to recognize individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety. Iwan is honored for his many accomplishments in advancing earthquake strong-motion monitoring networks and instrumentation in the US and internationally, his research accomplishments in earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, and his effective leadership roles in professional organizations to further the acquisition and application of strong-motion data.