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Beverely McKeon Shares Her Perspectives on Controlling Turbulence in Science Magazine


Beverley McKeon, Assistant Professor of Aeronautics, shares her perspectives on controlling turbulence in the March 2010 issue of Science. Professor McKeon states, "more than 100 years after Osborne Reynolds's seminal experiments on the transition of flow through a pipe from a laminar to a turbulent state, the exact physical mechanism that drives this phenomenon still vexes the fluid mechanics community." [Science Magazine Article]

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Joel Tropp Awarded Sixth Vasil A. Popov Prize


Joel Tropp, Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, has been awarded the sixth Vasil A. Popov Prize. The Popov Prize recognizes distinguished research accomplishments in Approximation Theory and related areas of mathematics. It is awarded every third year and is restricted to young mathematicians removed less than 6 years from their doctoral degree.

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Special Visit from Northrop Grumman Corporation


During a special visit, Caltech faculty and students discussed their research in metamaterials, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence with Northrop Grumman Corporation guests Wes Bush, Chief Executive Officer and President, and Alexis Livanos, Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. The visitors also heard about the commercializing technologies of the Caltech Office of Technology Transfer and newly formed Center for Technology Management Education.

ME 72 Contest Winners Announced


Congratulations to Robbie Paolini, Long Nguyen, and Paul Suffoletta of Team Up who won this year's ME 72 Contest which was held on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Teams of three to four competed to deploy their airships and robots and navigate them through a course that involved releasing, gathering, and shooting ping-pong balls and passing through a hoop 15 feet above the ground. Team Up won by outlasting their peers through eight rollicking rounds. [Watch Fox 11 News story (27 seconds, QuickTime plugin required)] [View slide show] [Pasadena Star News article] [Caltech Press Release]

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ME19 Ends With a Big Splash!


Christopher E. Brennen, Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering, ends his ME19 class with a big splash! He has been a Caltech faculty member for more than 40 years and has published numerous papers and books in a wide variety of topics involving fluid mechanics. Professor Brennen will be retiring on April 1st, 2010.

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Lemelson-MIT Caltech Student Prize Winners Announced


Congratulations to Heather Agnew, a graduate student in Chemistry, who received the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Caltech Student Prize. Finalist Yvonne Chen, a graduate student in Chemical Engineering, received a $10,000 prize generously donated by Caltech Alumni Dr. Michael W. Hunkapiller. The winners were announced at a nationwide simulcast involving Caltech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. [Scientific American Article]

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Professor Colonius Receives Funds from National Science Foundation


Timothy E. Colonius, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is among a group of Caltech researchers who have received more than $33 Million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Professor Colonius received $987,032 in ARRA funds from the National Science Foundation for research into better understanding how noise is created by turbulence in the exhaust of turbofan aircraft engines and what might be done to mitigate it. Jet noise is an environmental problem subject to increasingly severe regulation throughout the world. [Caltech Press Release]

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Harry Atwater and Colleagues Create Highly Absorbing, Flexible Solar Cells with Silicon Wire Arrays


Harry A. Atwater, Jr., Howard Hughes Professor and Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science, and his colleagues have created highly absorbing, flexible solar cells with silicon wire arrays. "These solar cells have, for the first time, surpassed the conventional light-trapping limit for absorbing materials," says Professor Atwater. Furthermore this new type of flexible solar cell uses only a fraction of the expensive semiconductor materials required by conventional solar cells. [Caltech Press Release]

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Joel Tropp is a Recipient of the 2010 Sloan Research Fellowship


Congratulations to Joel Tropp, Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, for being a recipient of the 2010 Sloan Research Fellowship. The Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

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Professor Krause Receives NSF CAREER Award


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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