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GALCIT Alumnus Allen E. Puckett Passes Away

04-15-14

Allen E. Puckett (PhD ’49 Aeronautics), pioneering aerospace engineer and chairman emeritus of Hughes Aircraft Co., passed away on March 31, 2014. He was one of the engineers who made Hughes Aircraft into the United States’ leading defense electronics firm which dominated in the markets for air defense, radar systems, tactical missiles and satellites. He began his PhD in 1941 at Caltech at the invitation of Theodore von Kármán. While at GALCIT he helped design a new supersonic wind tunnel, the first of its kind in the country. Later, he produced the calculations that led to the development of delta wing theory, which predicts the aerodynamics of supersonic aircraft and continues to be applied in the production of modern aircraft. [LA Times Obituary]

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MCE Alumni Baker and Miller Receive Caltech 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards

03-06-14

Mary Baker (PhD ’72 in Applied Mechanics) and Richard Miller (PhD ’76 in Applied Mechanics) have been recognized by Caltech with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor regularly bestowed by the Institute. Dr. Baker, who is President of ATA Engineering Inc., was recognized for pioneering entrepreneurship and leadership in aerospace. Dr. Miller, who is President of Olin College of Engineering, was recognized for visionary leadership and commitment to innovation in engineering education for the benefit of society. [Caltech Release]

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ENGenious Wins Silver!

02-19-14

The 2013 issue of ENGenious has won a silver award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII in the Awards of Excellence category of Annual Magazines. The award is given by the CASE District VII Board of Directors and the Awards of Excellence Committee to "superior magazines published once a year." First published in 2001, ENGenious is a publication for alumni and friends of the Caltech Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS). The goal of the publication is to highlight the contributions of the EAS faculty, students, and alumni in research, education, and industry. [ENGenious]

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Pushing the Envelope - Alumnae Niniane Wang

12-18-13

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 Schröder 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 Wierman's Student Receives Best Student Paper Award

09-20-13

The Best Student Paper Award at the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Performance conference in 2013 was given to Caltech alumnus Minghong Lin (PhD CMS '13) for his paper entitled Joint optimization of overlapping phases in MapReduce.

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50th Anniversary of the Launch of the First Geostationary Satellite

07-26-13

On July 26, 1963 Caltech Distinguished Alumnus Harold A. Rosen (MS 1948 EE, PhD 1951 EE) and his team at the defense electronics laboratories of Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver City overcame technical and political hurdles to successfully launch the first geostationary satellite, Syncom. Dr. Harold A. Rosen has earned worldwide recognition for his pioneering work in the field of communications satellites and is known as “the father of the geostationary satellite” in that he formed and led the team that designed and built Syncom, and subsequently, as Vice President, went on to help build the world’s largest communications satellite business at Hughes Aircraft Company. [LA Times Article] [Video of Presentation at EE Centennial]

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Alumnus Launches Antares Rocket

04-23-13

Aerospace alumnus (MS ‘78) and Caltech Board of Trustee member David W. Thompson and his team at Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched the first Antares Rocket on Sunday April 21, 2013. With this rocket Orbital is introducing USA's newest medium-class space launch vehicle. When asked about the experience Thompson commented, "next to GALCIT exams, launching big rockets for the first time is about as hard as things get!" [ENGenious Profile] [Caltech Feature] [Orbital Release]

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Stephen Wolfram Receives Caltech 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award

03-29-13

Stephen Wolfram (PhD '80 in Theoretical Physics) has been recognized by Caltech with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor regularly bestowed by the Institute, for his contributions to the fields of computation and physics. Drawing upon his research and discoveries, Wolfram created Mathematica, now considered a standard software-language environment for scientific, technical, and algorithmic computation and software development.  [Caltech Release]

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2013 Caltech Distinguished Alumni

03-19-13

Caltech has recognized four Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) graduates with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor regularly bestowed by the Institute. They are Y. C. L. Susan Wu (PhD '63 Aeronautics), Sébastien M. Candel (MS '69 and PhD '72 in Mechanical Engineering), Uma R. Chowdhry (MS '70 Engineering Science), and James R. Fruchterman (BS '80 Engineering and Applied Science, MS '80 Applied Physics). [Caltech Release]

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Distinguished Caltech Alumnus Receives Civilian Honor from the President of India

01-25-13

Caltech Distinguished Alumnus Roddam Narasimha (PhD '61, AE) has received the honor of Padma Vibhushan which is the second highest civilian honor of the Government of India. [The Hindu News]

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