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Melany Hunt Wins Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching

02-13-20

献出第一次给大叔,兽根布满肉粒捅开宫口, Dotty and Dick Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has won the . The prize was established in 1993, and is awarded annually to a professor who demonstrates unusual talent, creativity, innovation, and an ability to create an inclusive learning environment in undergraduate and graduate classroom or laboratory teaching. []

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Michael Brown Receives Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship

02-12-20

献出第一次给大叔,兽根布满肉粒捅开宫口Junior undergraduate student , studying Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering, has been awarded a . The fellowship recognizes exceptional college juniors, seniors, and graduate students pursuing aerospace careers and includes a paid internship at a commercial space company. Michael will be interning at . The Program honors the memory of an engineer, entrepreneur, and extraordinary individual whose passion for commercial space exploration led to great strides in the industry. [] []

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Ultrasound Can Selectively Kill Cancer Cells

02-05-20

Professor  and Professor are exploring a new technique that could offer a targeted approach to fighting cancer. Low-intensity pulses of ultrasound have been shown to selectively kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed. In the past, ultrasound waves have been used as a cancer treatment with high-intensity bursts resulting in killing cancer and normal cells. []

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Professor Rosakis? Elected Laureate of the Aurel Stodola Lecture

02-05-20

, Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering has been elected as the Laureate of the and presented with the Aurel Stodola Medal. The Aurel Stodola Lecture Series commemorates the contributions of Professor Aurel Stodola in the early 20th century whose work on applied thermodynamics has guided many engineers and engineering developments worldwide. "Ares Rosakis possesses this unique ability to develop new experimental methods to make extremely fast mechanical processes (such as those occurring during earthquakes) tangible and observable in the laboratory," says , Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems and Head of D-MAVT. []

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Bionic Jellyfish Swim Faster and More Efficiently

01-30-20

献出第一次给大叔,兽根布满肉粒捅开宫口, Centennial Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, has developed a tiny prosthetic that enables jellyfish to swim faster and more efficiently than they normally do, without stressing the animals. Dabiri is envisioning a future in which jellyfish equipped with sensors could be directed to explore and record information about the ocean. "Only five to 10 percent of the volume of the ocean has been explored, so we want to take advantage of the fact that jellyfish are everywhere already to make a leap from ship-based measurements, which are limited in number due to their high cost," Dabiri says. "If we can find a way to direct these jellyfish and also equip them with sensors to track things like ocean temperature, salinity, oxygen levels, and so on, we could create a truly global ocean network where each of the jellyfish robots costs a few dollars to instrument and feeds themselves energy from prey already in the ocean." []

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Researchers Develop New Quantum Algorithm

12-19-19

献出第一次给大叔,兽根布满肉粒捅开宫口, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics, , Bren Professor of Theoretical Physics, and , Bren Professor of Chemistry, have developed an algorithm for quantum computers that will help them find use in simulations in the physical sciences. The new algorithm allows a user to find the lowest energy of a given molecule or material. Many people are interested in how to simulate the ground states of molecules and materials. "If we want to do a simulation of water, we could look at how water behaves after it has been blasted into a plasma—an electrically charged gas—but that's not the state water is usually found in; it is not the ground state of water. Ground states are of special interest in understanding the world under ordinary conditions," says Chan. []

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Professor Ames Receives Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize

12-19-19

献出第一次给大叔,兽根布满肉粒捅开宫口, Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems, has won the . This prize is given to recognize outstanding achievement in research in systems and control by a young researcher and to honor the memory of Dr. Antonio Ruberti. []

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Robots Compete Underground in DARPA Challenge

12-06-19

献出第一次给大叔,兽根布满肉粒捅开宫口A robot named Balto designed and built by undergraduate students at Caltech working with graduate students at Caltech and JPL, which Caltech manages for NASA, took to the field in the first phase of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) this summer, where the Caltech-JPL team took second place. The SubT Challenge is an international competition sponsored by DARPA to advance technologies to autonomously map, navigate, and search underground environments. Professor , the leader of the Caltech section of the team says "The drones are our air-based scouts, and Balto is our eyes and ears on the ground. It's light, cheap, and fast. It can get in, find out what's going on, and help us to make decisions about how to proceed." []

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Caltech Announces the Schmidt Academy for Software Engineering

10-10-19

Caltech has launched the to train the next generation of science-savvy software engineers and set new standards in scientific software. "This is a recognition that computing, software, and machine learning are going to play a very big role in science. Because Caltech is small and collaborative, we have the opportunity to really make a push in that direction," says , the Howell N. Tyson, Sr., Professor of Mechanics and Materials Science and vice provost. []

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Professor Julia R. Greer Named Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute

10-03-19

, Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Mechanics and Medical Engineering, has been named the Fletcher Jones Foundation Director of the . Greer replaces professors and , who served together as co-directors. "I am delighted to begin spearheading the wonderful enterprise of the KNI, humbly following the footsteps of my predecessors, professors Painter and Yeh. I have been a KNI member and on the board of directors since shortly after I arrived at Caltech," Greer says. []

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