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119th Commencement Ceremony


Caltech's 119th Commencement Ceremony was held on Friday, June 14th, 2013 celebrated the accomplishments of 588 graduates, awarding 256 bachelor's degrees, 96 master's degrees, 2 engineer degrees, and 236 doctoral degrees. The graduates were addressed by the University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman. She used the life and career of Caltech alumnus Frank Robert Capra, one of America's most powerful directors during the 1930s and the directory of It's a Wonderful Life (1946), to inspire the graduating students. She emphasized the main message of the movie "that each of us touches more than we can appreciate". [Facts about the class of 2013]

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Fernando de Goes Receives a 2013 Google PhD Fellowship


Fernando de Goes, a graduate student in Computing and Mathematical Sciences working with Mathieu Desbrun, has received a Google U.S./Canada PhD Student Fellowship for his research on the development of numerical tools for computer graphics and computational physics based on discrete differential geometry. He is one of only 15 winners in the United States and Canada. The Google Fellowship program supports innovative university research in computer science. [Google Research Blog] [List of winners

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Professor Ligett Receives Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship


Katrina Ligett, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Economics, is one of seven early-career faculty who have received 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowships. Professor Ligett works on algorithms, particularly online algorithms, algorithmic game theory, and data privacy. The goal of the fellowship is to support academics in the field of computer science who are exploring breakthrough, high-impact research that has the potential to help solve some of today’s most challenging societal problems. [Learn More]

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Caltech's Unique Wind Projects Move Forward


John O. Dabiri, Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering, has big plans for a high school in San Pedro, military bases in California, and a small village on Bristol Bay, Alaska. "We have been able to demonstrate that using wind turbines that are 30 feet tall, as opposed to 300 feet tall, could generate sufficient power for wind-farm applications," Dabiri says. "One of the areas where these smaller turbines can have an immediate impact is in the military." The Office of Naval Research is funding a three-year project by Dabiri's group to test the smaller vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) and to further develop software tools to determine their optimal placement. "We believe that these smaller turbines provide the opportunity to generate renewable power while being complementary to the ongoing activities at the base," Dabiri explains. [Learn More]

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Intraocular Implant Research Wins at Broadcom Foundation Competition


Manuel Monge, an Electrical Engineering graduate student working with Professor Emami-Neyestanak was awarded third place and $2,500 at the Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition for his project “High-Density Self-Calibrating Epiretinal Prosthesis,” which studies how fully intraocular implants with hundreds of pixels help improve the quality of life for people with macular degeneration. The competition celebrates academic excellence and social awareness among students who perform extraordinary academic research. The Foundation’s mission is to advance education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity. [MICS Lab]

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Senior Spotlight


Computer Science Senior Judy Mou has been working with K. Mani Chandy and Julian Bunn to develop an Android phone and tablet application that could be used to keep communities informed about crisis situations, such as local earthquakes, fires, and pollution hazards. Her application, called a situational awareness application, combines this hazard information with dynamically updated, individualized content, such as traffic on the user's commute, campus events, or news feeds that the user has subscribed to. "The test-case for the application that she is building is whether her classmates and housemates use the application," Chandy says. "She knows that she is building something valuable, and she's excited about it. That's one of the things I like best about working with her." [Learn More]

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Professor P. T. Narasimhan Passes Away


Distinguished Professor P. T. Narasimhan passed away on May 3rd, 2013 in Sunnyvale, California, USA at the age of 84. After a twenty five year career as a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur he retired and moved to the United States where he initiated a new phase of his research into novel medical and biological applications of magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He conducted part of this research as a Visiting Professor in the laboratory of Professor Scott Fraser at Caltech. Professor Narasimhan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Leena and their children Dr. Nalini Murdter, Dr. Vikram Narasimhan and Dr. Nandini Narayan and six grandchildren. Dr. Nalini Murdter was a Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar and then Senior Research Fellow from 1985-1990. [Full Obituary]

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Senior Spotlight


Electrical Engineering Senior Raymond Jimenez was first introduced to Caltech as a high school student when he worked in the laboratory of Paul Bellan. As a Caltech undergraduate his favorite class was APh/EE 9, Solid-State Electronics for Integrated Circuits—a course then taught by Oskar Painter. He also worked on a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) project with Axel Scherer, who describes Jimenez as "one of the most capable undergraduates whom I have had the pleasure of working with over my past 20 years at Caltech," adding that he has "extraordinary" abilities. "Raymond brought tremendous enthusiasm, talent, and insight to our neural probe project," Scherer says. "It was fun working with him on our research projects, and I think of him more as a scientific collaborator than as a student." Raymond and his peers will be honored at Caltech's 119th Commencement on June 14 at 10 a.m. [Caltech Spotlight]

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Professor Ligett Receives NSF CAREER Award


Katrina Ligett, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Economics, has been awarded the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her 5-year project, “The Value of Privacy”. 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. Awardees are chosen because they exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

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