Increasing the reliability of New Jersey's emerging solar power network and improving the durability of an environmentally-friendly type of concrete are among the research projects awarded funding this year by the Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership.
Archive – January 2014
Sanjeev Kulkarni, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Keller Center, has been appointed as the next dean of the Princeton University Graduate School.
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.
California Governor Edmund G. Brown has appointed James Famiglietti to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Board seeks to protect the quality of the water in the region by “formulating and adopting water quality plans for specific ground or surface water bodies, and by prescribing and enforcing requirements on domestic and industrial water discharges.”
John McDonnell has been elected the chairman of the board of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. This follows McDonnell’s service as a trustee since 2000 and vice chair since 2007. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, the Danforth Center seeks sustainable solutions to global challenges such as crop improvement to address hunger and malnutrition, and biofuels to provide a source of renewable energy.
Jerald Murphy has been appointed CEO of ACBB-Bits, LL. A subsidiary of Atlantic Community Bankers Bank, the company is a telecommunication services provider exclusively for community banks.
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.
Founded by Professor Edward Felten in 2002, the Freedom to Tinker blog has been at the forefront of prominent debates on technology and society. Contributors – a roster of experts from many institutions – have exposed flaws and proposed alternatives in areas from digital copyright to voting machines. Now hosted by the Center for Information Technology Policy, the blog has focused recently on issues of privacy and online security. Dan Wallach Ph.D. ’99 is a professor in the
Mung Chiang Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering Member of a group helping the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology write a report on education information technology and online education to the president. “The development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) is both promising and challenging. This will be a long-term experiment, and we need to better understand the empirical, data-driven science of lear
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.
Michael Schwartz, the Gerhard Andlinger Visiting Professor in Energy and the Environment, stepped to the front of the class with a question. Moments earlier, an energy-markets expert had walked the class through a detailed presentation concluding that today’s high oil prices would likely diminish in coming years while natural gas prices would creep up. Another analyst was about to show the class why oil prices were sure to rise. Whatever the market forces turn out to be, Schwartz Ph
When the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee asked me to testify about the National Security Agency’s Internet surveillance program in October, I welcomed the opportunity. Beyond the implications of the program itself for every American, the revelations were a lightning bolt that illuminated the gap between the policy process and the complex reality of today’s digital technologies. Making good policy in any area requires some understanding of that field, but many policymakers are o
It was announced that John Drzik is president of global risk and specialties at Marsh, Inc., effective January 1. In his new role, Drzik will oversee a number of Marsh & McLennan Companies. He also was named chair of the newly formed Marsh and McLennan Companies Global Risk Center.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Foundation has named Jonathan Huberman, president and CEO of Tiburon, Inc., to its board of directors.
Time Warner Inc. has promoted Karen Magee to executive vice president, chief human resources officer. This is effective as of January 2014.
A few months before Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast, Ning Lin Ph.D. ’10 and her colleagues published an article in the journal Nature Climate Change warning that devastating storms could become more frequent as the climate changes. The paper, with an emphasis on the hazards of storm surge and a focus on lower Manhattan, seemed prescient. After the storm, city officials asked Lin, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, to help assist New York City pr
A group of eight undergraduates spent fall break in Washington, D.C., meeting with leaders in the field of technology policy – at the Federal Trade Commission, the State Department, advocacy groups, consulting and law firms, and the Washington Post. The trip was organized by Edward Felten, director of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and Janet Vertesi, assistant professor of sociology. “Before going on this trip Washington was a black box in many wa
You don’t need a scientist to tell you that Manhattan gets brutally hot in the summer. But it helps to have one if you intend to do something about it. For the past year, Elie Bou-Zeid and his co-researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and at Columbia University have been working with New York City officials to find ways to cool the city in the heat of the summer. The city has multiple interests in urban heating. For one, air conditioning use sends electricity demand s
Alain Kornhauser believes technology offers a solution to our dangerous relationship with driving. Federal records show that 33,780 people died on the nation’s roads in 2012. Many fatalities involved driver error. Kornhauser Ph.D. ’71, an expert in solving transportation problems, says it is time to start taking the driver out of the equation. “There are a lot of advantages to allowing automated systems to take over some, if not all, of the driving functions,” said
For decades, “trust but verify” has been the guiding principle of international arms control. A generation of diplomats and political leaders has worked to maintain the trust. Engineers and scientists, such as Alexander Glaser, have worked on the “verify.” “How do you know that inside a box labeled ‘nuclear warhead’ is actually a warhead and not something else,” asked Glaser, an assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering and a
TransCentra, a Georgia-based provider of billing and payment software plus services for consumer and business-to-business markets, has named Michael McCloskey its new chief financial officer.
Harvey Bernstein, vice president of McGraw Hill Construction, Industry & Alliances, has joined the corporate advisory board of the World Green Building Council.