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Professor Siapas Named Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow


Athanassios G. Siapas, Professor of Computation and Neural Systems, has been named by the Department of Defense (DoD) as a 2017 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow. “The fellowship program provides research awards to top-tier researchers from U.S. universities to conduct revolutionary “high risk, high pay-off” research of strategic importance to the Department of Defense,” said Mary J. Miller, acting assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering. Professor Siapas has been named a fellow in the area of cognitive neuroscience. His research focuses on the study of information processing across networks of neurons, with emphasis on the neuronal mechanisms that underlie learning and memory formation. [DoD release]

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Panda Express Co-founders Give $30 Million to Caltech for Medical Engineering


The Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering (MedE) is the first Caltech department to be named and endowed. “We are here to build the American dream, but not just for us. We want to give to the right cause, and medical engineering will help others. I see Caltech helping to create a bright future ahead,” says Caltech trustee Peggy Cherng. Founded in 2013, the MedE department brings together scientists and engineers from across campus to improve medical diagnostic and treatment strategies. [Gift announcement] [Dedication slideshow]

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The Role of Leadership in the Journey to Gender Equity


In celebration of Women’s History Month, a panel discussion was organized to explore the steps taken to date by JPL and Caltech leadership to recruit, retain, and promote a diverse talent pool. The panel was moderated by Cinzia Zuffada, the JPL Associate Chief Scientist.  The panelists were Caltech Professor Melany Hunt, JPL Director for the Office of Safety and Mission Success Jan Chodas, and JPL Deputy Director Larry James. The panelists shared some accomplishments in gender equality over the last decade, and highlighted the next steps. Professor Hunt broadened the topic beyond Caltech to share successful approaches used by MIT, Harvey Mudd, and Boeing. She emphasized the importance of changing the culture and environment to be more accepting and encouraging to women and minorities. For example, training supervisors on ways to effectively mentor under-represented groups and identify their own biases as they sit on evaluation and promotion committees. [Event details]

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Silicon Valley Engineering Fellowship


Undergraduate student, Advitheey Chelikani, has been selected as a Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) fellow. He will be working as a software engineering intern on the platform team at Slack this summer and in the fall he will be a software engineering intern on the infrastructure team at Coursera. [List of fellows]

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MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference


Graduate student, Hoang M. Le, from Professor Yisong Yue’s group was runner-up for the best paper award at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. He was recognized for his paper, Data-Driven Ghosting using Deep Imitation Learning. [Read the paper]

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Engineers Explore New Media Art


Students in Professor Hillary Mushkin’s media arts seminar (E/H/Art 89 New Media Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries) displayed and discussed their projects at a recent campus event. The projects used a variety of approaches to explore cyberspace, gaming, the internet, and privacy. [List of projects]

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Seeing Deeper: An Interview with Lihong Wang


Using a combination of light and sound, Professor Lihong Wang is noninvasively peering deeper inside biological tissues than previously possible. His team uses three-dimensional photoacoustic microscopy and functional photoacoustic computed tomography to generate detailed color images of tumors and other structures inside the body. [Interview with Prof. Wang]

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The Battle of the 'Bots


Caltech's 32nd Annual Engineering Design Competition (ME 72) featured teams of robots and their handlers battling for the best times navigating a "Robstacle Course." The V15TA team—Yunsang Choi, Mayra Melendez, Allison Penn, Eduardo Plascencia, and William Yu—won first place by having its robots successfully traverse 27 pylons, a seesaw, and a ramp to deliver a ball into a hole at the end of the course. [Slideshow of the event] [Video of the event]

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New Materials Could Turn Water into the Fuel of the Future


Researchers at Caltech and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have—in just two years—nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels. "The key advance made by the team was to combine the best capabilities enabled by theory and supercomputers with novel high throughput experiments to generate scientific knowledge at an unprecedented rate," says John Gregoire, JCAP thrust coordinator for Photoelectrocatalysis and leader of the High Throughput Experimentation group. [Caltech story]

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2017 Caltech Distinguished Alumna


Caltech has recognized Engineering and Applied Science alumna Regina Dugan (PhD '93 Mechanical Engineering) with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor regularly bestowed by the Institute. Dr. Dugan is being honored for her sustained record of leadership and innovation in technology and business. [Caltech story]

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