CAREER awards boost teaching, research
Professors of Computer Science Perry Cook, Adam Finkelstein,
and Randolph Wang have received National Science Foundation
(NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) awards,
which were created by the NSF to encourage the early development
of academic faculty as both educators and researchers.
Dr. Cook joined the Princeton faculty
in 1996. His bachelor's degree in music is from the University
of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music (1985); his
bachelor's degree in electrical engineering is from the University
of Missouri, Kansas City (1986); and his master's degree and
Ph.D. in electrical engineering are from Stanford University
(1987 and 1991, respectively).
At Princeton, the courses taught
by Dr. Cook include CS 436: Human Computer Interface Technology
and Music 539: Interactive Arts Technologies. His research
interests are music synthesis and modeling, animation, and
music perception and cognition. His CAREER-funded project
is titled "Parametric Synthesis and Control of Sound for the
Computer Mediated Experience."
Dr. Finkelstein, who teaches courses
in nonphotorealistic rendering, computer animation, general
computer science, and computer graphics, joined the Princeton
faculty in 1997. His field of specialization is computer graphics.
His CAREER-funded project is titled "Applications of Surface
Correspondence in Computer Graphics."
Dr. Finkelstein earned his bachelor's
degree from Swarthmore College in 1987 and his Ph.D. from
the University of Washington in 1996.
Dr. Wang joined the Princeton faculty
in February 1999 after earning his Ph.D. in computer science
from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his
bachelor's degree, also in computer science, from the University
of Texas at Austin in 1991.
He teaches CS 518: Advanced Operating
Systems and CS 598: Six Research Ideas in Storage, Mobility,
and Networking, among others. His CAREER-funded project is
titled "Low Latency I/O and Ubiquitous Storage."
The CAREER program supports junior
faculty within the context of their overall career development
by combining within a single program the support of quality
research and education in the broadest sense, with the representation
of those traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering.
This program enhances and emphasizes the importance the NSF
places on the development of integrated academic careers that
include both research and education.
The CAREER program is the successor
of the NSF National Young Investigator awards and are very
competitive. The intent of the CAREER program awards is to
provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration
to enable awardees to achieve the education and research career-development
objectives of this program.
More information is available online
New in print
Professor Smits writes about fluid mechanics
Smits, professor and chairman of the Department of Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering, has a new book in print titled A
Physical Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, published by John
Wiley and Sons Inc.
The book is "a brief introduction
to fluid mechanics that emphasizes the use of basic concepts
in solving engineering problems," the publisher stated. "The
book is designed to develop problem-solving skills and physically
based intuition for engineering students of fluid mechanics.
"This text develops the physical
principles of fluid mechanics in stages, moving from simple,
one-dimensional problems to progressively more complex examples
while maintaining a strong connection to applications drawn
from engineering practice as well as nature."
More E-Quad newsmakers
David Billington '50, Gordon Wu Professor
of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, arranged an exhibit for the National Science
Foundation (NSF) on the New Art of Structural Engineering.
The exhibit is part of the NSF Art of Science Project, which
was created to bring to NSF original works of art that visually
explore the connections between artistic and scientific expression.
Roy Jackson, Class of 1950 Professor
in Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, has been elected
a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. Professor Jackson
was cited for his distinguished "seminal research on the stability
of a dispersion of particles supported by up-flowing gas."
He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1982 and
twice received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Engineering
Council. He was the first recipient of the School's Distinguished
Teaching Award in 1995. Professor Jackson transferred to emeritus
status in 1998.
Chung K. Law, the Robert H. Goddard
Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering, received an Outstanding Alumnus Award
from the University of California, San Diego, from which he
received his Ph.D. in 1973.
Vincent Poor, professor in the Department
of Electrical Engineering, will receive the 2001 Institute
of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Graduate Teaching
Award. He was noted for "exemplary teaching, inspired guidance
of graduate students, and contributions to graduate education
in statistical signal processing." The IEEE Graduate Teaching
Award was established in 1990 to recognize "inspirational
teaching of graduate students."
Sankaran Sundaresan, professor of
chemical engineering, was selected to receive the 2000 Distinguished
Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
The award recognizes excellence and will be presented in March
Daniel Chee Tsui, Arthur Legrand
Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, was elected a foreign
academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for outstanding
contributions to China's international scientific exchanges
and cooperation. Professor Tsui was a corecipient of the 1998
Nobel Prize in Physics for his part in discovering the fractional
quantum Hall effect. He also was honored by the American Immigration
Lawyers Association at the organization's 2000 Annual Conference
on Immigration Law.
Andrew Yao, professor in the Department
of Computer Science, was elected to the Academia Sinica, the
most prominent academic institution in the Republic of China.
Located in Nankang, Taiwan, its major tasks are to undertake
in-depth academic research on various subjects in the sciences
and the humanities, and to provide guidelines, channels of
coordination, and incentives with a view to raising academic
standards in the country.
New year begins with new faculty
new faculty members join the School of Engineering and Applied
Science (SEAS) this fall.
Brian Kernighan *69
K. Ronnie Sircar
In the Department of Chemical Engineering,
Professor Athanassios Panagiotop-oulos specializes in computational
engineering. Previously, he was a member of the Cornell University
faculty, and also held the position of professor at the University
of Maryland Institute for Physical Science and Technology
for the past two years.
Professor Panagiotopoulos earned
his 1982 diploma in chemical engineering at the National Technical
University of Athens and his 1986 Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. He spent a postdoctoral year at Oxford University
before going to Cornell as assistant professor in 1987. Promoted
to associate professor in 1992, he was named full professor
Winner of a 1989 Presidential Young
Investigator Award, he won the Cornell College of Engineering
Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997 and the Prausnitz Award
for Achievement in Applied Chemical Thermodynamics in 1998.
Author of more than 70 papers in
technical journals, he is currently working on A Web-based
Textbook on Molecular Simulation.
Joining the Department of Computer
Science are Brian Kernighan *69 as professor and Amit Sahai
as assistant professor.
Professor Kernighan earned his bachelor's
degree in engineering physics in 1964 from the University
of Toronto and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1969
from Princeton. Since completing his education, he has worked
for Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, where he was head of
the Computing Structures Research Department for 19 years.
At Princeton, Professor Kernighan
teaches CS 109: Computers and Our World, a course for people
who want to know what computing is all about, but do not expect
to work in the field.
"Even though most people won't be
directly involved with programming, everyone is affected by
computers, so an educated person should have a good understanding
of how computer hardware, software, and networks operate,"
His research interests are software
tools, application-oriented languages, programming methodology,
and user interfaces. He is the author of seven books and holds
three U.S. patents.
Amit Sahai comes to Princeton from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned
his master's degree and Ph.D. in computer science. His 1996
undergraduate degree in mathematics with a minor in computer
science is from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr.
Sahai is interested in theoretical computer science, specifically
cryptography. He has a broad range of interests that includes
complexity theory and the theory of error-correcting codes.
As an undergraduate Dr. Sahai was
named Computing Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate
of the Year, North America, and was a member of the three-person
team that won first place in the Association of Computing
Machinery's World Programming Championships.
In the Department of Electrical Engineering,
Evgueni Narimanov joins as assistant professor. Previously,
he was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at Bell
Laboratories, where his research focused on condensed-matter
physics, optics and semiconductor laser physics, and information
theory. Dr. Narimanov earned his bachelor's degree (1989),
his master's degree (1991), and his Ph.D. (1994) from the
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
In the Department of Operations
Research and Financial Engineering, K. Ronnie Sircar joins
SEAS as assistant professor. Previously, he was assistant
professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Sircar received his Ph.D. in
scientific computing and computational mathematics from Stanford
University in 1997. He holds a master's degree with distinction
in mathematical modeling and numerical analysis from Oxford
University. Dr. Sircar earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics
from Oxford University in 1992.
He is coauthor of a new book titled,
Derivatives in Financial Markets with Stochastic Volatility,
from Cambridge University Press.
Advisory council volunteers serve vital
role for the SEAS
All dynamic leaders of charitable
organizations know that extraordinary strength comes from
extraordinary volunteers and their dedication to the institution's
mission. That premise can apply equally well to educational
The School of Engineering and Applied
Science (SEAS) has a Leadership Council that counsels and
advises Dean James Wei. The SEAS Leadership Council, headed
by Dennis Keller '63, meets in the spring for two days during
which members are briefed about current events and directions
at the SEAS. Members of the leadership council provide suggestions
and recommendations that are intended to advance the SEAS
and its mission.
In addition to the SEAS Leadership
Council, the six departments of engineering have advisory
councils that function in a similar capacity on the departmental
level. Members of the advisory councils represent a broad
range of interests from faculty members of other comparable
education institutions to industry representatives to businessmen
"We are always aiming to improve
our department in its teaching and research efforts, and we
seek their (advisory council's) opinion in an effort to gain
a perspective from outside the department and outside the
university," said Alexander Smits, professor and chairman
of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
David Dobkin, professor and chairman
of the Department of Computer Science said he also relies
on the advisory council for advice.
"They tend to bring new perspectives
to the situation and have been exceptionally helpful in the
past," Professor Dobkin said.
That different perspective can be
especially valuable in high technology areas that are constantly
"I think one of the things that
is important to academia is to be able to see what trends
are going on in the corporate sector," said David Hitz '86,
a member of the Computer Science Advisory Council. "I think
having people coming in from industry to share their views
about what kinds of things are new and interesting and what's
not interesting is valuable to the department."
Mr. Hitz is vice president and founder
of Network Appliance Inc., the fourth fastest growing company
in the United States, according to Fortune magazine.
The advisory council members also
play a role in long-term strategic planning and assist with
the department's overall planning process, said Donald Dixon
'69, a member of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Advisory Council. Mr. Dixon is managing director of Trident
Capital, L.P., a private equity venture capital firm based
in California, with offices in Illinois and Connecticut.
Erhan Çinlar, professor and
chairman of the Department of Operations Research and Financial
Engineering (ORFE) said he often benefits from the insight
his advisory council offers.
"Just the fact that there will be
an advisory council meeting has a wonderful effect of concentrating
the chair's mind on how the department is doing and what can
be done to improve it," Professor Çinlar said. "It
is like Dr. Johnson said, 'Knowing that one will be hanged
in a fortnight concentrates the mind beautifully.'"
Sally Blount-Lyon '83, associate
professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago,
is a member of the advisory council for the Department of
Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
"I think that we have served a particularly
helpful role at the ORFE department, as it has been getting
on its feet," said Dr. Blount-Lyon. She said she believes
the advisory cou
ncil helps on three different levels.
"One, we have an outside perspective,"
Dr. Blount-Lyon said. "Two, we give an alumni perspective;
and three, we have an historical perspective because most
of the advisory council members went through the department
at some point in the past."
She added that it can be hard to
make strategic choices regarding either a business or an academic
"It's always useful to have the
advice of others," she said. "Perhaps you could think of us
as pro bono management consultants to the departments."
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