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Professor Tropp Receives SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize


Joel A. Tropp, Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, is a recipient of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2011 Outstanding Paper Prize for his paper entitled The Metric Nearness Problem. The prizes are given for outstanding papers published in SIAM journals during the three years prior to the year of the award. [Read the paper]

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Undergraduate Receives Fulbright to Study Biophysics of RNA in Denmark


Pradeep Ramesh, a senior undergraduate student working with Rob Phillips, Professor of Biophysics and Biology, has received a Fulbright fellowship to work in an experimental Biophysics lab at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen under the guidance of Professor Lene B. Oddershede. He plans to study the collision and queuing of RNA polymerases during transcription using optical tweezers and atomic-force microscopes.  

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Strong, Tough, and Now Cheap: New Way to Process Metallic Glass


William L. Johnson, Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, and his team of researchers have developed a new technique that allows them to make metallic-glass parts utilizing the same inexpensive processes used to produce plastic parts. "We've taken the economics of plastic manufacturing and applied it to a metal with superior engineering properties,” Professor Johnson says. "We end up with inexpensive, high-performance, precision net-shape parts made in the same way plastic parts are made—but made of a metal that's 20 times stronger and stiffer than plastic.” [Caltech Press Release]

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Professor Greer Receives DOE Early Career Research Award


Julia R. Greer, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics, has received a five-year award from the Department of Energy Office of Science's Early Career Research Program for her proposal entitled “Investigation of radiation damage tolerance in interfaceā€containing metallic nano structures”. These research awards provide incentives for exceptional researchers, during the crucial early career years, to focus on research areas that are a high priority for the Department of Energy and the Nation. [Caltech Feature]

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Professor Blanquart Receives DOE Early Career Research Award


Guillaume Blanquart, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has received a five-year award from the Department of Energy Office of Science's Early Career Research Program. Professor Blanquart received the award for his proposal entitled “Towards Predictive Simulations of Soot Formation: From Surrogate to Turbulence”. The Career awards are designed to bolster USA's scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. [Caltech Feature]  

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Professor Wierman and Minghong Lin Receive the IEEE International Conference Best Paper Award


Adam Wierman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and graduate student Minghong Lin have received the Best Paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM) for their paper "Dynamic right-sizing for power-proportional data centers."  The paper provides a novel algorithm for dynamically adjusting the number of active servers in a data center to optimally trade of energy consumption with delay. [Read the Paper]


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Undergraduate Rebekeh Kitto Named to SCIAC First Team for Women's Tennis


Rebekah Kitto, undergraduate student in Bioengineering, has been named to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SCIAC) First Team for women's tennis. She's the first Techer to earn the honor in four years. [Caltech Feature]

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Graduate Student Minghong Lin Named Finalist in Facebook Fellowship Program


Minghong Lin, graduate student working with Professor Wierman, has been named a finalist in the Facebook Fellowship Program. This is an extremely competitive program that seeks to support Ph.D. students doing groundbreaking research in computer science. Minghong became a finalist for his research on improving the energy-efficiency of data centers.

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Professor Wierman and Jayakrishnan Nair Receive the IFIP International Symposium Best Paper Award


Adam Wierman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and graduate student Jayakrishnan Nair have received the best paper award at the IFIP International Symposium on Computer Performance, Modeling, Measurements and Evaluation (PERFORMANCE) for their paper "Tail-robust scheduling via Limited Processor Sharing." The paper provides a new policy that can optimally schedule, under both heavy-tailed and light-tailed workload, by learning only the first-order workload statistics. Prior to this work, all known policies required learning  the entire workload distribution to achieve such guarantees. [Read the paper]


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Professors Hou Named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Thomas Y Hou, Charles Lee Powell Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics has been elected to the 2011 American Academy of Arts and Sciences class of fellows. He has joined an assembly that was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholars to provide practical solutions to pressing issues. [Caltech Feature]

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