DNA Origami Nanoscale Breadboards for Carbon Nanotube Circuits
Hareem T. Maune, a graduate student studying carbon nanotube physics, and Si-ping Han, a graduate student investigating the interactions between carbon nanotubes and DNA have developed DNA origami nanoscale breadboards for carbon nanotube circuits. "This collaborative research project is evidence of how we at Caltech select the top students in science and engineering and place them in an environment where their creativity and imagination can thrive," says Ares Rosakis, chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech and Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The work of these students was supervised by: Erik Winfree, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Computation and Neural Systems, and Bioengineering; William A. Goddard III, Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics; Paul W.K. Rothemund, Senior Research Associate, and Marc Bockrath, Associate Professor of Physics at University of California Riverside. [Caltech Press Release]
EAS Remembers Tsien Hsue-Shen
Qian Xuesen (also known as Tsien Hsue-Shen) (Aeronautics PhD '39), passed away on October 31, 2009. He was a student of Professor Theodore von Kármán and one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Dr. Tsien Hsue-Shen was one of the great scientist-engineers of the past century. He played an important role in the history of Caltech and the development of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We are also very proud of his many accomplishments in China." said President Chameau. [Caltech Archives]
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]