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Student-Led Lunar Architecture Team Named Finalist in NASA Competition for Second Consecutive Year


Caused by collisions from asteroids, comets, and other astronomical objects, lunar craters give our moon its characteristic pockmarked façade. These craters hold the materials necessary for building sustained human settlements on the moon. Accessing the materials inside lunar craters is no easy task. NASA seeks new ways of getting around the moon that do not rely on wheels. The agency's Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge asks university teams to go beyond wheeled rovers and create new solutions to the problem of traversing lunar craters. A team of more than 30 Caltech undergraduates in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science is among seven 2022 BIG Idea finalists. [Caltech story]

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Professor Schulman Elected SIAM Fellow


Leonard Schulman, Professor of Computer Science, has been elected as a 2022 SIAM Fellow for seminal contributions to coding theory, quantum computing and matrix analysis, and outstanding service. The SIAM Fellows Program recognizes members of SIAM who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by our community. [Class of 2022]

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Professor Owhadi Elected SIAM Fellow


Houman Owhadi, Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Control and Dynamical Systems, has been elected as a 2022 SIAM Fellow for outstanding contributions in statistical numerical approximation, kernel learning, and uncertainty quantification. The SIAM Fellows Program recognizes members of SIAM who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by our community. [Class of 2022]

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American Institute of Mathematics Moves to Caltech


The American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), an independent nonprofit organization funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is moving to Caltech's campus from its current home in the Bay Area. AIM organizes and funds focused collaborations among pure and applied mathematicians, theoretical biologists, computer scientists, physicists, and other scientists working on long-standing math problems. "The arrival of AIM at Caltech will build new bridges between math, applied math, and computational science, and will shine a spotlight on the role that mathematical thinking plays across all our departments and options," says Harry Atwater, Otis Booth Leadership Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science; Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science; Director, Liquid Sunlight Alliance. [Caltech story]

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Professor Beck Named Distinguished Member of ASCE


James L. (Jim) Beck, George W. Housner Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, has been chosen as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Distinguished Membership is the highest honor ASCE can bestow. It is reserved for civil engineers who are either ASCE Members or Fellows. One class of recipients is formally inducted annually. [Distinguished Members]

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Professor Anandkumar´╗┐ Tackles COVID-19 with AI


A pair of papers coauthored by Anima Anandkumar, Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, were selected as finalists for the 2021 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research. The purpose of the award is to recognize the innovative parallel computing contributions towards the solution of the global crisis. "All the six finalists this year had some component in their calculations that used AI," Anandkumar says. "This has enabled unprecedented understanding of the coronavirus that would not have been possible with conventional tools." [Caltech story]

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Maximilian Adang Awarded Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship


Undergraduate Maximilian Adang has been awarded the 2022 Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship. The highly selective program awards exceptional college juniors, seniors, and graduate students pursuing aerospace careers with paid internships at cutting-edge commercial space companies. [Class of 2022]

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AIAA International Student Conference Winners


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced the undergraduate, team, and graduate winners of the 2022 International Student Conference. Luis Pabon Madrid, Polina Verkhovodova, Malcom Tisdale, Isabella Dula, Kaila Coimbra, Tanmay Gupta, Leah Soldner, Rithvik Musuku, and Soon-Jo Chung, Bren Professor of Aerospace and Control and Dynamical Systems; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist, received 1st place in the Team Category for "Design of a Modular and Orientable Electrodynamic Shield for Lunar Dust Mitigation." The International Student Conference is an invitation-only student conference where first-place winners from each of the previous year’s AIAA Regional Student Conferences present their winning papers. [AIAA story]

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Alex Mori Carroll and John Lathrop Selected as KISS Affiliates


Alex Mori Carroll and John Lathrop have been selected as 2022 Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) Affiliates. Nominated by the Caltech faculty, KISS Affiliates are an ongoing cohort of Campus graduate students and postdocs who are seen as the next generation of space exploration leaders. KISS provides them unique experiences with industry CEOs, astronauts, space mission leaders, NASA leadership and world-renowned space exploration researchers.

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Wang, Matni, and Doyle Win Axelby Outstanding Paper Award


Yuh-Shyang (Mickey) Wang and Nikolai Matni, two Control and Dynamical Systems (CDS) Ph.D. alums, and John Doyle, Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Bioengineering, won the IEEE CSS Transactions on Automatic Control George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award. The Axelby Award recognizes outstanding papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control in the past two years based on originality, potential impact on the theoretical foundations of control, importance and practical significance in applications, and clarity. [Read the paper]

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