William Fung, managing director of Li & Fung Trading Ltd., is among the six newly appointed to Princeton University's board of trustees.
Archive – August 2009
A Princeton engineering undergraduate has been awarded a $100,000 grant to expand the iPhone application he developed into a Web-based tool to help treat and study diabetes.
An exhibit on Felix Candela, featuring models and animations by Princeton students, is now on display at the MIT Museum. In this video, Maria Moreyra Garlock describes the structural beauty and simplicity of thin-concrete shell structures built by Candela during the mid 20th century.
Engineering professor Winston (Wole) Soboyejo discusses his camel solar refrigerator project, which may improve vaccine delivery in remote areas of Kenya and Ethiopia. Prototypes of the refrigerators, specially designed to fit over camel humps, have been tested at the Bronx Zoo.
The long-term energy sustainability of the United States will require an enduring commitment to developing, demonstrating and deploying new technologies and energy sources, according to a new report.
The freshman seminar “Materials and Technology for a Sustainable Energy Future” culminated with students taking what they learned to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J., to teach young visitors about batteries, solar cells and other energy-related technologies. One 3-year-old visitor (below) was particularly excited to see how a battery makes a clock run—a visible payoff for freshmen Colleen McCullough and Ben Siegfried and Craig Arnold (center), the associate pr
Jeff Bezos '86, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, joined cyclist Lance Armstrong, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and filmmaker Steven Spielberg on the 2008 list of America’s Best Leaders released by U.S. News Media Group and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. Bezos was chosen for his pioneering efforts to use the Internet as a new type of retail marketplace. "My own view is that every company requires a long-term view," Bezos told U.S. News. "If you
Zoom or wide angle? Vision for engineering in global service requires both My colleagues in electrical engineering did something earlier this year that had seemed impossible: They showed how to capture an image that’s zoomed-in and wide-angle at the same time. It was quite a feat, requiring fundamentally new thinking (see story, page 8). It is also a great analogy for our approach to engineering education and research. To make a difference in the world, engineers need to acquire d
Lisa Jackson, who received her master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton in 1986, was appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Jackson has said that during her tenure the agency will run on the basis of scientific evidence. “On my first day as EPA administrator I said that the EPA is back on the job, and that science must be the backbone for our programs,” she said. “I pledged that all of our decisions and r
David Billington ’50, the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the 2008 Distinguished Award of Merit from the American Council of Engineering Companies. Garry Brown and Edgar Choueiri ’91, professors of mechanical and aerospace engineering, were elected as 2009 Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Rene Carmona, the Paul Wythes ’55 Professor of Engineering and Finance and profe
James Shinn could tell his students about the time he was in Seoul meeting with South Korea’s national security advisers when violent demonstrations broke out in the streets—but he’d rather not. As assistant secretary of defense for Asia, Shinn was there to negotiate a joint forces agreement but public anger over food safety was threatening to bring down the newly established government. It was 2007 and South Koreans were outraged that their country was resuming imports
Michael Konialian’s independent work at the intersection of engineering and policy was excellent preparation for his post-Princeton plan—a two-year placement in the State Department. “Many of the greatest problems facing our society are fundamentally engineering problems; one naturally thinks of climate change, energy independence, and nuclear nonproliferation amongst others,” said Konialian, a 2009 graduate in mechanical and aerospace engineering. “Howev
Jacobus Prize The Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship is the highest honor Princeton University bestows on graduate students, awarded each year to just four students whose work has displayed the highest scholarly excellence. Electrical engineer Vaneet Aggarwal was among those selected for the 2009–10 fellowship, while Peter DiMaggio of chemical engineering received the 2008–09 Jacobus fellowship. Aggarwal has published papers on a wide range of topics concerning digital commun
The Society for Women Engineers held its annual High School Colloquium in April, inviting 30 high school girls from the Princeton area to a daylong event to introduce them to engineering. Among the day’s activities, members of the outreach group Princeton Engineering Education for Kids helped the girls compete to see who could build the best “acrobatic car.” Other parts of the day included presentations on engineering service abroad, autonomous vehicle engineering and a question-and-answer
Whether investigating human diseases or running races, 2009 graduate Nicole Clarke pushed herself to the next level. With a major in chemical engineering and a certificate in engineering biology, Clarke devoted much of her Princeton career to researching some of the biggest medical issues facing society, including malaria, cancer and genetic testing. Whenever she could, she took the research out of the lab and into the world. Inspired by an advanced genetics taught by biologist Lee Si
The opportunity to work for an e-commerce company in India and a Google office in Shanghai drew four students to Asia for internships organized by the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education in collaboration with Princeton in Asia. The students came away not only with experience putting their engineering backgrounds to work in fast-moving businesses, but also with insights into the intersection of technology, business and global cultures. “International exposure wi
Young faculty members who are pioneering new areas of communications networks, environmental sensing and other fields have received numerous awards for outstanding contributions early in their careers. Mung Chiang, a professor of electrical engineering, received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House. He was one of only 67 scientists to received the prestigious award at a ceremony held at the White House last December. Chiang was recognized for his
The school of engineering honored three junior faculty members with the E. Lawrence Keyes, Jr./Emerson Electric Co. Faculty Advancement Award on May 26. The award recognizes young faculty members who have established vibrant teaching and research programs in their first years. Kelly Caylor, (above left) assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, studies hydrology, conducting field work in Kenya and laboratory research at Princeton. His work is revealing important interact
A little bit of fluoride is good for your teeth, but too much can have devastating health consequences. More than 200 million people in 25 nations are affected by the condition, called fluorosis, which damages and destroys teeth and bones. Princeton civil and environmental engineering graduate student Luke MacDonald is designing a sustainable strategy to defluoridate the groundwater drinking supply in rural areas in the state of Jharkhand, India. While it is relatively easy, technical
In recent months, two professors of mechanical and aerospace engineering travelled to Lebanon and Nigeria as they work to bolster the science enterprise in those countries. In Germany this past spring, an engineering undergraduate studied ways to counter global warming by pumping carbon emissions from factories into underground wells. Last summer in Beijing, China, an interdisciplinary team negotiated delicate politics while they used lasers sensors to measure air pollution during the Olympic
Howard Stone, an authority on the behavior of fluids in systems ranging from mechanical devices to biological organisms, joins the Princeton faculty Sept. 1, 2009, as the Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. As a faculty member at Harvard University since 1989, Stone has published more than 170 journal articles as well as other publications in his field. He is a fellow and past chair of the American Physical Society’s Di
Norman Augustine was chosen by President Barack Obama in May to head an independent panel that will assess NASA’s human spaceflight program and make recommendations on the program’s future in August. The panel will look into a range of projects, including the International Space Station, NASA’s goal of a return mission to the moon by 2020, two new rocket systems, Ares I and Ares V, and the three remaining space shuttles which are scheduled for retirement in September 201
Ekua Bentil hopes to use one of the most cutting-edge lasers in the world to combat a basic but devastating problem: illnesses caused by burning firewood indoors. A graduate student in electrical engineering, Bentil is the recipient of a Technology for Developing Regions fellowship to deploy a gas-sensing system in her native Ghana. Working with researchers at the University of Cape Coast, Bentil will use the system to detect carbon dioxide, ozone and water vapor in the air. The ultim
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE CHANGES LIVES Meghan McNulty had never been outside the United States when she came to Princeton but had ambitions to go far: She wanted to be an astronaut. One of her first experiences as a freshman radically changed her perspective, putting her on a path no less ambitious and also destined to take her far from her home town in Northern New Jersey. She joined the Princeton chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and was soon swept into the organization&rsq
Sharad Malik,the George Van Ness Lothrop Professor in Engineering, received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement on June 2. Malik joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1991 and has directed Princeton’s Center for Innovation in Engineering Education since 2006. A former student recalled that “It was exhilarating to be the beneficiary of the high standards he set forth for both learning and teaching.” Regarding Malik&rsquo
Princeton engineers are helping farmers and herders who live in a semi-arid region of Kenya develop sustainable land management practices. Led by Kelly Caylor, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, the researchers are studying how water shapes the environment and society and are establishing an observatory to track the movements of water through the air, rivers and soil. “Water is a scarce resource in this part of Africa,” said Caylor. “It’s im