A new study has modeled a crucial first step in the self-assembly of cellular structures such as drug receptors and other protein complexes, and found that the flexibility of the structures has a dramatic impact on how fast they join together. Understanding self-assembly could help in the design of new materials and medicines.
At this year's Innovation Forum at Princeton, Robert Pagels had three minutes to pitch his team's new method to cram several months' worth of medicine into a single injection. His presentation won top honors at the Keller Center's 12th Annual Innovation Forum last week.
Three projects with the potential for broad impacts in science and technology have been selected to receive support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. Two of these projects include faculty from Princeton Engineering.
The need to balance energy demands, economic growth, climate change mitigation and access to affordable and clean water animated discussions at this year’s annual retreat for Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, the corporate affiliates program administered by Princeton University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
Two Princeton University studies are opening important new windows into understanding an untreatable group of common genetic disorders known as RASopathies that are characterized by distinct facial features, developmental delays, cognitive impairment and heart problems. The findings could help point the way toward personalized precision therapies for these conditions.
A tiny speck inside the cells of a tiny worm is shedding new light on the underlying mechanism that determines the size of various organisms. In a series of recent studies, scientists have unlocked the importance of the nucleolus, a tiny structure scattered throughout the nucleus, in cellular development. Now, researchers have found that the size of the nucleolus varies with the size of an organism, and within a given species, the nucleolus correlates with the size of an organism.
A delegation of Princeton faculty members — including Dean of Engineering Emily A. Carter and Lynn Loo, director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment — took part in and led discussions on major global issues at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum that concluded Friday, Jan. 20, in Davos, Switzerland.
Two members of the engineering faculty, Celeste Nelson and Clifford Brangwynne, have been named to the inaugural group of Faculty Scholars, a joint award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Princeton engineers have found that, in breast cancer, tumor hardness and lack of oxygen trigger a biological switch that causes certain cells to embark on a cancer-promoting program.
Princeton University emeritus professor Christodoulos "Chris" Floudas, who applied the disciplines of mathematics and chemical engineering to complex systems that include protein folding and fuel refining, died Aug. 14 while vacationing with his family in Greece. He was 56.
Jackie Ying, executive director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), continues to receive recognition for her achievements in the field of nanostructured materials. For her research excellence and academic leadership, Ying was elected a fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) in May. She is one of two female fellows to receive the honor since it was established by SNAS in 2011.
Five engineering professors were recognized for distinguished teaching at the 2016 graduation ceremonies.
A study by biological engineers at Princeton solves a longtime paradox about how a key constituent of cells self-organizes intself into working structure despite being made of liquid. These insights into the form and function of the nucleolus could ultimately point toward new ways to treat disease.
Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, the Theodora D. '78 and William H. Walton III '74 Professor in Engineering and professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton University, has been appointed director of the Andlinger Center of Energy and the Environment, effective July 1. Looends her term as acting vice dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and she succeeds founding director Emily Carter, who has been appointed dean of engineering.
Norman Wagner, engineering professor at the University of Delaware, was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in April. Fellows are elected for having “demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.” Wagner was recognized for his development of “liquid armor,” a fluid that stiffens when pressure is applied, for use in space s
Udit Batra has been appointed a new member of the executive board of Merck KGaA. The world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company, it is headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany and operates in close to 70 countries. Batra, working out of the greater Boston area, is the president and CEO of the life science business sector of Merck KGaA, known as EMD Millipore Sigma in the United States.
It was announced by the TCP Group Inc. that Edward Dineen has been appointed the company’s chairman, president and CEO. The TCP Group, headquartered in Houston, provides a diverse range of highly-specialized chemical products. These products are used in the manufacture of tires, carpets, gasoline additive and other everyday items.
Jackie Y. Ying, executive director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) was honored with the 2015 Mustafa Prize —Top Scientific Achievement Award. She was recognized for her efforts in the development of stimulus response systems for the targeted delivery of drugs. For example, her research has led to the creation of polymeric nanoparticles that can carry insulin and auto-regulate its release in accordance t
In the future, cars could run on fuel that started as a tree branch — part of a virtuous cycle that begins in the woods and ends with cleaner air and decreasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Researchers at the intersection of engineering and biology are setting the groundwork for advances in health and medicine, including curing diseases such as Alzheimer's, growing replacement organs and preventing developmental abnormalities.
When graduate student Yogesh Goyal told an audience at Princeton University in October how his research could help doctors diagnose patients with difficult-to-characterize congenital disorders, he was describing more than a potential medical breakthrough.
Princeton researchers have observed the artistry of developing lungs unfold in a petri dish and have arrived at a surprising conclusion about the forces that shape it.
Cato Laurencin, M.D., from the University of Connecticut, was elected a foreign fellow of the National Academy of Sciences in India for his pioneering work in the field of materials science. He was recognized for his research in polymer ceramic composites, technologies for bone regeneration, and tissue generation and bioengineering.
One researcher at the School of Engineering and Applied Science has been awarded the 2015 New York Academy of Sciences' Blavatnik Regional Award for Young Scientists and a second has been named a finalist.
Faculty members from several departments with expertise in biology and engineering will hold a day of lectures and discussions to celebrate bioengineering at Princeton on October 2, 2015.
Yannis Kevrekidis, the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor in Engineering, has been appointed a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Technical University of Munich Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS), an honor open to outstanding scientists around the world.
Anna Protopapas was named president and chief executive officer of Mersana Therapeutics, a company that engineers antibody-drug conjugates to maximize the potential of new and established cancer-fighting drugs. She also joins the company’s board of directors.
It was announced that Francis Doyle will leave the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) in August to become dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Norman J. Wagner *89, Robert L. Pigford Chaired Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Center for Neutron Science at the University of Delaware, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Wagner was recognized “for understanding flow-induced microstructural transitions in complex liquids and invention of ballistic-resistant fabrics by strain-hardening suspensions, contributions to dynamics and rheology of complex fluids, including poly
"We thought: does the nucleolus' assembly and function depend on the size of the cell?" said Clifford Brangwynne, the lead researcher and an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton. "If this were true, then it could provide a feedback mechanism for regulating cell growth."
Jackie Ying has contributed to the development of a portable device that can detect common infectious viruses within two hours. Samples such as blood, saliva or tissue are inserted into a cartridge and analyzed by the easy-to-use kit, which is then connected to an Android device to learn whether a virus such as dengue is present. With the kit, results are accurately determined in a short time without need of a laboratory. This can lead to earlier treatment and help to prevent the spread of disea
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation elected Macauley Whiting president of its board of trustees. Whiting served on the board in other trustee capacities prior to this appointment.
Gustavus Adolphus College announced that Rebecca Weiss Bergman will become its 17th president. She will have the distinction of being the first women to lead the college since its founding in 1862.
Graduate student Vikram Pansare took top honors at the Keller Center's 9th annual Innovation Forum, Feb. 26, with his pitch for producing a "Janus particle" capable of driving advances in pharmaceuticals, electronics, oil exploration and other fields.
Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, will award an honorary doctorate to Christodoulos Floudas, the Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor of Engineering and Applied Science.
Kimberly Ritrievi, president of the Ritrievi Group LLC, has joined the Tetra Tech board of directors. Tetra Tech, with headquarters in Pasadena, California, is a global provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction management, and technical services. Employing a staff of over 14,000 worldwide, the company supports government and commercial clients in solving problems such as those involving natural resources, energy, infrastructure, and water supplies.
The University of Connecticut Health Center has announced that Dr. Cato Laurencin was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was recognized by AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society, for his international leadership in biomaterials sciences and engineering, advancements in musculoskeletal regeneration and dedication to mentoring students.
Imperial College London announced that Alice Gast will be its 16th president and noted that she also will be the first woman and the first from overseas to hold this position. The appointment will become effective in September of this year.
Two faculty members of the School of Engineering and Applied Science have been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
A finding by Princeton engineers now shows gravity imposes a size constraint on cells. The results provide a novel reason why most animal cells are small and of similar size.
Kelvin Lee, Gore Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, was appointed director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute for a second 5-year term. He had been commended by the university’s review committee for his vision and productivity during his first term. They look to him to continue support of the life sciences research community.
Lisa Jackson, newly appointed vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple, has become a member of Tulane’s board, the university’s main governing body.
It was announced by the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld that Pratik Shah is joining their Supreme Court practice.
Randolph Gress of Innophos Holdings, Inc. was elected to the Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation board of directors. He will serve on the audit committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee.
Dhwani Vyas has been appointed president and CEO of Flatfrog Laboratories, a provider of precise touch-control technology.
Sherilyn McCoy, CEO of Avon Products and a former executive at Johnson & Johnson, gave the undergraduate commencement address at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth this May.
Princeton University has appointed as dean for research Pablo Debenedetti, a longtime Princeton engineering professor and vice dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Results from a team including a Princeton engineer offer a possible route to avoiding the growing problem of antibiotic resistance by using the bacteria's own byproducts to destroy them.
The story of Hao Yiu's senior thesis began with hearing about the near-death experience of six men who volunteered to test a leukemia drug. It ended with the recent publication of a peer-reviewed journal article that offers important insights into potentially deadly over-reactions of the human immune system.
The Innovation Forum brings together teams of faculty members, postdocs and graduate students to pitch ideas for commercializing early-stage research to a panel of judges.
Students conferred their semi-annual Excellence in Teaching Awards to professors and teaching assistants at a ceremony Feb. 21. The awards included a Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Pablo Debenedetti.
Data I/O, a provider of manual and automated device programming systems, elected Anthony Ambrose as president and chief executive officer, and appointed him to its board of directors.
Turning municipal solid waste into fuel and reducing greenhouse gases emitted in making concrete are the first two innovations funded by the recently established Princeton Energy and Environment Corporate Affiliates Program.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named three faculty members of the School of Engineering and Applied Science as fellows, an honor bestowed for distinguished work in advancing science or its applications.
Alice Gast, president of Lehigh University, was elected to the Chevron Corporation’s board of directors. She will serve on the Audit Committee.
The United States could eliminate the need for crude oil by using a combination of coal, natural gas and non-food crops to make synthetic fuel, a team of Princeton researchers has found.
By studying the common fruitfly, Shvartsman's lab in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics is learning how cells signal each other in order to grow from the simple structure of an embryo into a full-grown, complex creature.
Pablo G. Debenedetti, a professor of chemical and biological engineering and vice dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors given to scientists in the United States.
Clifford Brangwynne, an expert in the study of self-assembling structures within the cellular cytoplasm and nucleus, has been named a Searle Scholar for 2012.
Princeton engineer Bruce Koel is joining with scientists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab to tackle the challenge of capturing the energy of the sun on Earth.
Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, a professor of chemical and biological engineering and deputy director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Princeton University awarded its James Madison Medal, the University's highest honor for alumni who earned graduate degrees, to Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Three members of the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellowship is bestowed for distinguished work advancing science or its applications.
Princeton researchers are applying Darwinian evolution principles and computational optimization methods to create novel antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals.
Biologists have long been fascinated by the first moments when cells divide to become complex tissues and organisms. Now engineers — with an eye toward treating cancer and regenerating tissue — are increasingly joining the hunt for the quantitative principles and underlying mathematics that determine how these processes succeed or fail.
Princeton researchers are developing a system that uses an off-the-shelf digital camera and freely available software clinic workers who have modest training identify women who should receive further tests for cervical cancer.
Small packages: Nanoparticles improve drug delivery A technique for encapsulating drug molecules in tiny plastic-like coatings shows promise for improving treatment of cancer and tuberculosis, while aiding the laboratory testing of new drugs. Robert Prud’homme, professor of chemical and biological engineering, developed the fundamental method, called “flash nanoprecipitation,” and has numerous collaborations with companies, medical researchers and engineering colleagues to de
Professor Lynn Loo has been named deputy director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, with responsibility for developing programs that enrich the education and professional experiences of graduate students and post-docs and helping build external partnerships for the center.
Jane Yang talks about her undergraduate experience and her involvement with Princeton Engineering Education for Kids (PEEK), a group that uses Legos to teach basic engineering techniques to school-age children, as well as her work in Ghana as co-president of the Princeton chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
ACADEMICS Earned certificates in sustainable energy and engineering biology and pursued a thesis that combined both these areas with materials science. Her thesis investigated how the nanostructure of ocean microorganisms called diatoms contributes to their relatively high photosynthetic efficiency. The work could help design energy-harvesting devices based on examples from nature. WHY “I am incredibly interested in international development and how it relates to sustainability, e
ACADEMICS “Some of the most interesting classes I’ve taken here have been in the chemistry department. I work as a chemistry peer tutor, helping those who are struggling in their freshman chemistry classes.” Earned a certificate in materials science and in engineering and sustainable energy. WHY “When I applied to Princeton University, I knew that I wanted to be a chemical engineer. It’s fast-paced and exciting, and I like that I can apply my knowledge of t
ACADEMICS Interested in materials science and sustainable energy, in particular hydrogen energy, as well as the social impact of technology. Thesis titled “Carbon Dioxide Removal in PEM Hydrogen Purification from Coal Reformate.” ADDITIONAL STUDIES Earned certificates in materials science, sustainable energy, Woodrow Wilson School, and Japanese language and culture. (“I am a devoted fan of Japanese arts and culture.”) EXTRACURRICULAR Co-founded the Princeton
Three Princeton engineering professors have been elected members of the National Academy of Engineering, a high professional honor among engineers.
Using mathematical concepts, Princeton researchers have developed a method of discovering new drugs for a range of diseases by calculating which physical properties of biological molecules may predict their effectiveness as medicines.
Katie Hsih puts her engineering education to work to help an African community recover.
Rodney Priestley, assistant professor of chemical and biological Engineering, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Engineering students win International Association for Hydrogen Energy award for developing "homemaker" hydrogen generator.
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced at its national convention in October that William Cox will serve as its 2010-2011 chairman of the board of directors.
Effective January 1, 2011, Paul Johnson will be the new dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. A faculty member since 1994, Johnson is currently serving as executive dean and professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. He has also held the position of the university’s associate vice president for research and interim dean of Fulton. Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Engineering Schools is composed of seven engineering schools. Tota
Princeton engineers have developed a sensor that may revolutionize how drugs and medical devices are tested for contamination, and in the process help ensure the survival of two species of threatened animals.
Two Princeton engineering faculty have been named to Technology Review Magazine's list of the top 35 young innovators for 2010.