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Using Space Wisely


The Winter 2013 issue of Engineering & Science features Professor Sergio Pellegrino's Space Structures Laboratory in the Guggenheim building. “The goal for much of my work,” says Pellegrino, “is to make simpler and cheaper spacecraft. I want to use clever structural engineering to make access to space more affordable.” The article also describes him and his team's work on the AAReST project (Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope) as well as applications of his work to solar concentrators. [E&S Article]

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Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience


A recent New York Times' Science article about a new computing approach based on the nervous system mentions Carver Mead, Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus. The new processors used in this approach consist of electronic components that can be connected by wires that mimic biological synapses. Because they are based on large groups of neuron-like elements, they are known as neuromorphic processors, a term credited to Carver Mead, who pioneered the concept in the late 1980s. [New York Times Article] [ENGenious Article about Carver Mead]

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Dr. Hofmann Receives Presidential Early Career Award


Douglas Hofmann, Visiting Associate in Applied Physics and Materials Science and the Johnson research group, and Principle Investigator of the Metallurgy Facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).  This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. [White House Release]

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Pushing the Envelope - Alumnae Niniane Wang


Alumnae Niniane Wang (BS EAS '98) is the chief technology officer of Minted, a social-commerce company. She explains, "I’m one of those annoying people who loved everything about Caltech, starting with the day I first heard of it." As an undergraduate she was inspired by Professor Schroder and she recalls, "Peter Schroeder at the time was quite an imposing professor. His first assignment to us was, 'If you don’t know C++, learn it now.' People rise to the level of expectations that you have for them. If you expect they’ll be strong, then they’ll be strong. And I learned C++." [Alumni Association Article]

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Professor Phillips Celebrates Feynman Lectures' 50th Anniversary


In the 2013 Issue of Nature Rob Phillips celebrates Feynman's Lectures on Physics as they near their 50th anniversary. He describes, “Feynman’s physics is about simplicity, beauty, unity and analogy, presented with enthusiasm and insight that bursts from the page.” [Nature Article] [Feynman Lectures Online] [ENGenious article]

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Jorgensen Laboratory Wins SCDF Science & Technology Award


The Earle M. Jorgensen Laboratory has won the Science and Technology Award from the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF). The building was rededicated in October of 2012 and stands as a symbol of Caltech's lasting commitment to sustainability research. From the early renderings of Fall 2010, Jorgensen was depicted as an innovative space -with communal areas to support collaboration, ample meeting spaces, and state of the art laboratories.

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Professor Chandrasekaran Receives Okawa Research Grant


Venkat Chandrasekaran, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering, is a recipient of a 2013 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for his research project entitled "Computational and Statistical Tradeoffs in Large-Scale Data Analysis". This grant honors outstanding young researchers working in the fields of information and telecommunications. [Past Recipients]

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AIAA Gossamer Systems Forum Best Paper Award


Professor Sergio Pellegrino and colleagues, including GALCIT graduate student Gina Olson, have received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 14th Gossamer Systems Forum Best Paper Award for their paper entitled "Deployable Helical Antennas for CubeSats". The Gossamer Systems Forum addresses recent research findings and newly proposed concepts concerning the emerging class of large-scale, lightweight structures that is enabling a paradigm shift in design, launch, and operation of spaceflight systems. [Read the paper]

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New Department of Medical Engineering


The EAS Division has added a new department to its roster: the Department of Medical Engineering (MedE). The new department was formed to take advantage of Caltech's commitment to basic science, using this focus as a stepping-stone to finding fresh avenues to developing diagnostic tools, medical devices, and treatment options, in translational, or "bench-to-bedside," medicine. Chair Rosakis explains that the MedE department was formed "in response to the desire of many of our faculty and of local research hospitals and medical foundations to engage jointly in engineering-centric technology development efforts for medical applications." To that end, the MedE department is already partnering with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine, City of Hope, the UCSF School of Medicine, and Huntington Memorial Hospital, among others. [Caltech Release] [ENGenious Article]

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Professor Rosakis Elected to Indian National Academy of Engineering


Professor Ares J. Rosakis has been elected as a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. The Academy confers Fellowship on Indian and Foreign nationals who have demonstrated their eminence and achieved outstanding accomplishments in engineering and technology.

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