David Srolovitz takes over MAE chair
Srolovitz has taken over for Professor Lex
Smits as chair for the Department
of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE).
In addition to being a professor of MAE, Professor Srolovitz is on the faculty
of the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM)
and an associate of the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics
Professor Srolovitz joined the Princeton faculty in 1999. Prior to that,
he worked at the Exxon Research and Engineering Company, Los Ala-mos National
Laboratory, and the University of Michigan.
efforts center around theoretical and computational aspects of materials
Professor Srolovitz’s current research interests include microstructural
evolution, film growth, and mechanical deformation and defects in crystals.
Professor Srolovitz earned his bachelor of science degree in physics from
Rutgers University in 1978. He holds a 1980 Masters of Science degree and
a 1981 Ph.D., both in materials science from the University of Pennsylvania.
He is the author of over 300 technical articles and has edited several books
on materials modeling.
Professor Srolovitz is also a fellow of the Institute of Physics and the
Materials Information Society, now called ASM International.
His awards and honors include the ASM Research Silver Medal and the Technical
Transfer Certificate of Recognition from the National Aeronautics and Space
|Kulkarni earns promotion
Sanjeev Kulkarni has been promoted to full professor of
electrical engineering and has been named master of Butler
As head of one of Princeton’s five residential colleges,
Professor Kulkarni will build a supportive resident community
and create programs that extend education beyond the classroom.
He succeeds Lee Mitchell, professor of English, in the
position as Butler College master.
Professor Kulkarni earned the School of Engineering and
Applied Science’s (SEAS) 2004 Distinguished Teacher
Award and is the SEAS’s associate dean for academic
Three junior faculty members were awarded prestigious honors from the School
of Engineering and Applied Science.
Stas Shvartsman *99, assistant professor of chemical engineering, was given
the Rheinstein Award.
Professor Shvartsman’s research interests include computational and
experimental analysis of cell communication systems, transport processes
in tissues, and epidermal growth factor receptor signaling in Drosophila
The Rheinstein Award provides a special grant to young faculty who have shown
exceptional promise to assist them in furthering their work.
Moses Charikar, assistant professor of computer science, was honored with
the Howard B. Wentz Award.
Professor Charikar’s research interests are in theoretical computer
science, including the design and analysis of algorithms.
The Wentz Award is given to assist young, promising faculty members, who
have also proven themselves to be exemplary teachers.
Li-Shiuan Peh, assistant professor of electrical engineering, was given the
E. Lawrence Keyes, Jr./ Emerson Electric Co. Faculty Advancement Award.
Professor Peh’s research focuses on interconnection networks, which
connect subsystems within a digital system. They include multiprocessors,
blades, disks, clusters, router line cards, on-chip modules, and embedded
This award was created to promote the recruitment and retention of junior
win prestigious grants for innovative research
at the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)
are earning accolades and support from national organizations.
Edgar Choueiri *91, associate professor of mechanical
and aerospace engineering, and his research team were
awarded a $4.4 million contract by the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA).
NASA selected the Princeton team to conduct advanced
electric-propulsion technologies research in support
of the Vision for Space Exploration, as part of Project
The contract will fund work over the next three years
to advance the technologies of a lithium-fed magnetoplasmadynamic
Professor Choueiri aims at developing the most efficient,
compact, and high-power plasma rocket ever for propelling
robotic and piloted spacecraft to the moon, Mars, and
The Princeton team will work in conjunction with NASA,
the University of Michigan, and the Worcester Polytechnic
Naomi Ehrich Leonard ’85, professor of mechanical
and aerospace engineering, was awarded a grant through
the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Multi-disciplinary
University Research Initiative (MURI). The grants each
provide about $1 million per year for three years,
with an option to extend the grant for two additional
Professor Leonard’s project will build on her
extensive work on programming the behavior of fleets
of autono-mous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Her research
group helps the AUVs locate marine upwelling events
and collect physical, chemical, and biological data.
See the fall 2003 issue of EQuad News for more (www.princeton.edu/~seasweb/engineering/eqnews/fall03/cover1.html).
MURI is a program designed to address large multidisciplinary
topic areas for future DoD applications and technology
Szymon Rusinkiewicz, assistant professor of computer
science, was awarded a Faculty Early Career Development
(CAREER) Award by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
CAREER awards are NSF’s most prestigious grants
awarded to young faculty members. Each provides about
$400,000 in funding over five years.
Professor Rusinkiewicz will develop the theory and
practical design of 3-D scanners, which produce a digital
representation of three-dimensional objects. Such a
device could be useful in fields ranging from cultural
heritage preservation to law enforcement.
Rusinkiewicz will also work with fourth-grade students
and teachers to use Lego® cameras and building
blocks to make a rudimentary 3-D scanner.
is honored for grad mentoring
Jha, professor of electrical engineering, received
a Graduate Mentoring Award from the McGraw Center for
Teaching and Learning.
by Frank Wojciechowski
Jha won a Graduate Mentoring Award.
The McGraw Center instituted these awards to recognize
Princeton faculty who nurture the intellectual, professional,
and personal growth of their graduate students.
Professor Jha teaches about and conducts research on
low-power hardware and software synthesis, embedded
system analysis and design, design algorithms and tools
for nanotechnologies, system-on-a-chip synthesis, and
digital system testing.
His enthusiasm and optimism always makes us confident
and willing to take on more and more challenges,” said
one graduate student in his nomination of Professor
Another wrote, “As much as he is our adviser
and our mentor, he is also like a friend.”
welcomes five to faculty
School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) welcomes
five to the faculty this fall.
They are: Robert Calderbank, professor of electrical
engineering (EE), mathematics, and applied and computational
mathematics (ACM); Emily Carter, professor of mechanical
and aerospace engineering (MAE) and ACM; Alexandre
d’Aspremont, assistant professor of operations
research and financial engineering (ORFE); Jason
assistant professor of EE, and; Mikko Haataja, assistant
professor of MAE.
Professor Calderbank comes to Princeton from AT&T
Labs, where he served as vice president for Internet
and network systems.
Widely recognized by the professional engineering community
for his contribution to data communications and storage,
he is the recipient of several awards from the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He earned AT&T’s highest technical honor
in 2000, when he was appointed an AT&T fellow.
Professor Calderbank, a specialist in coding theory,
served as an adjunct EE professor at Princeton in 1993
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Warwick
University in England, his master’s from Oxford
University, and his doctorate from the California Institute
of Technology (Caltech).
Professor Carter comes to Princeton from the University
of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where she has been
faculty in chemistry and materials science and engineering
Since 2000, she has also served as UCLA director of
modeling and simulation for the California NanoSystems
Professor Carter’s research interests include
metal-ceramic interfaces and semiconductor and metal
She is both co-holder of three patents and author of
many articles for scholarly publications.
Professor Carter is a fellow of the Institute of Physics,
the American Association for the Advancement of Science,
and the American Physical Society.
earned both her bachelor’s and master’s
degrees from the University of California at Berkeley
(UC Berkeley), and her Ph.D from Caltech in 1987.
d’Aspremont comes to Princeton from UC Berkeley.
He earned his M.S. from Stanford University in 2001
and a Ph.D. from École Polytechnique in 2003.
He has been a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley for
the last year.
His research focuses on finance, specifically arbitrage
bounds on basket and multivariate option prices.
He will teach ORF 311: Optimization under Uncertainty
and ORF 515: Asset Pricing II: Stochastic Calculus
and Advanced Derivatives.
Professor Fleischer comes to Princeton from the physics
department of Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology.
He earned his B.A. in mathematics and physics from
the University of Chicago in 1993, and his Ph.D. in
physics from the University of California at San Diego
His research interests are in both optics and physics.
They include photonic lattices, soliton dynamics, instabilities
in excitable media, nonlinear wave dynamics, and nonequilibrium
Haataja returns to Princeton’s MAE
department after spending a year as a postdoctoral
researcher at McMaster University in Ontario.
He was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton from
2001 to 2003, and now joins MAE as assistant professor.
Professor Haataja earned his master’s of science
degree in electrical engineering from the Tampere University
of Technology in Finland in 1995. He earned his Ph.D.
from McGill University in Montreal in 2001.
His research interests include many topics in materials
science, including theory, simulation, and mechanics
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