Carl Sparks is now CEO of Academic Partnerships (AP), an online service provider of technology-aided learning for non-profit universities in the U.S. and other countries. In addition, Sparks is on the AP board of directors. His background in marketing, technology and innovation will be beneficial as he leads the Dallas, Texas-based company during its current rapid growth and through global expansion.
Cynthia Dwork, currently a distinguished scientist at Microsoft Research in Silicon Valley, will join the faculty at Harvard in January 2017. She will be the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and also hold the Radcilffe Alumnae Professorship at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Innovapptive, a mobile and user experience software and solutions provider, has appointed Lance Hack its new chief financial officer. Hack will be responsible for implementing financial systems and processes to support the company’s rapid growth path and strategic financial planning.
Mark Jung has joined the board of directors of Accela, a provider of cloud-based productivity and civic engagement solutions for state and local government agencies worldwide. As chair, he will help guide the California-headquartered company on best practices and in planning strategies for future developments.
The Pentagon announced that Eric Schmidt, executive chair of Alphabet, will head its new Defense Innovation Advisory Board, formed to provide advice on technology and related innovation to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. The board will be composed of 12 members, including those outside of the Pentagon representing the commercial technology sector, who can provide the latest knowledge on topics such as rapid prototyping, iterative product development, complex data analysis and the use of cloud a
Alec Gallimore, professor of aerospace engineering, was elected dean of the University of Michigan College of Engineering. Gallimore will begin his five-year appointment on July 1, 2016, replacing David Munson *79, who has been dean for the past ten years.
The National Science Foundation announced that Fengnian Xia has received a 2016 Faculty Early Career Development CAREER Award. Xia is the Barton L. Weller Assistant Professor in Engineering and Science at Yale’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. As an electrical engineer, he will use the monetary award to study the properties of graphene, a single atom layer of carbon, and its possible uses for infrared devices and applications, including thermal imaging, night vision and free-space o
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
Linda Abriola will become the director of Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) on September 1, 2016. In her new position, she will serve to support interdisciplinary environmental research and education for faculty and undergraduate and graduate students. TIE was founded in 1998 and is home to programs such as the graduate level Water: Systems, Science and Society.
The University of Texas at Dallas has named Richard Benson, dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, the sole finalist in its search for a university president. After a state-mandated 21-day waiting period, the official appointment can be made.
Two members of the engineering faculty, Emily Carter and Michael Celia, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional honors for U.S. engineers.
H. Vincent Poor, dean of Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, was awarded the 2016 John Fritz Medal by the American Association of Engineering Societies for his fundamental contributions to wireless technology.
Cohesity, a pioneering startup based in Silicon Valley that offers hyperconverged secondary storage, has announced that Dan Warmenhoven has joined its board of directors. Warmenhoven is the former NetApp executive chairman and CEO.
Yale University has announced that faculty member Fengnian Xia was named the Barton L. Weller Assistant Professor in Engineering and Science.
G. David Forney, Jr., presently an adjunct professor at MIT, will be recognized for his contributions to the data communications field with the 2016 IEEE Medal of Honor, the institute’s highest award.