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New Reactor Paves the Way for Efficiently Producing Fuel from Sunlight

01-20-11

Sossina Haile, Professor of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, and colleagues have built a reactor at the heart of which is a cylindrical lining of ceria—a metal oxide. The reactor takes advantage of ceria's ability to "exhale" oxygen from its crystalline framework at very high temperatures and then "inhale" oxygen back in at lower temperatures - concentrating solar energy in order to convert carbon dioxide and water into fuels .  Ultimately, Haile says, the process could be adopted in large-scale energy plants, allowing solar-derived power to be reliably available during the day and night. [Caltech Press Release]

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Mechanical Engineering Student on the Cover of NCAA’s Champion Magazine

01-20-11

Theresa (Teri) Juarez is the face of college athletics—at least in the current issue of NCAA’s Champion Magazine. The magazine highlights Juarez’s accomplishments on the court and in the classroom, even featuring a photo gallery of her around campus and JPL. [Caltech Feature]

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Caltech-Led Team Creates Damage-Tolerant Metallic Glass

01-20-11

William Johnson, Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues have developed a new alloy—a combination of the noble metal palladium, a small fraction of silver, and a mixture of other metalloids—that has a combination of strength and toughness not previously seen in any other material. [Caltech Press Release]

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Graduate Student's Application of the MUSIC Algorithm Receives Best Paper Award

01-10-11

Piya Pal, graduate student in Electrical Engineering, received the best student paper award at the IEEE Digital Signal Processing workshop for her paper, coauthored with Professor P. P. Vaidyanathan, entitled "Coprime sampling and the MUSIC algorithm."

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Professor Arnold Wins Draper Prize

01-04-11

Frances Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, is a co-recipient of the Charles Stark Draper Prize by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  Professor Arnold has recieved the Draper Prize, which is the highest honor in the engineering profession, for a method called directed evolution, used worldwide to guide the creation of certain properties in proteins and cells, allowing the engineering of novel enzymes and biocatalytic processes for pharmaceutical and chemical products. [Caltech Press Release]

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Professor Rosakis to Receive 2011 Eringen Medal

12-20-10

Ares J. Rosakis, Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, will be receiving the A. C. Eringen Medal at the 48th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science where he will also deliver the Engineering Science Lecture.  The A. C. Eringen Medal is awarded in recognition of sustained outstanding achievements in Engineering Science. 

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Professor Colonius Elected APS Fellow

12-17-10

Tim Colonius, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for "the development of accurate and robust numerical methods for fluid dynamics and creative numerical experiments that expose the fundamental mechanics and control of instabilities, flow generated sound, and cavitation bubbles."

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Professor Dabiri Named to Ebony Magazine's 'Power 100' List

12-16-10

John O. Dabiri, Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering, has been named to Ebony magazine's 'Power 100' list of the most influential black Americans. The list, in its 47th year, celebrates black trailblazers in fields such as business, science, technology, education and politics.

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Product Design for the Developing World

12-10-10

The only way to pass Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering Ken Pickar's E/ME 105 class, Product Design for the Developing World, is by designing something—a machine, a tool, a gadget, a process—to help improve the lives of the billions of people in the world who live on two or three dollars a day. [Caltech Press Release]

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Professor Elachi is Awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur

12-09-10

Charles Elachi, Vice President; Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science, has been awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur which is the highest decoration of the French Republic. [Caltech Feature

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