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.
Diane Souvaine, vice provost for research at Tufts University, has been elected vice chair of the National Science Board (NSB), the governing body of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSB establishes NSF policies and serves as advisor to the president and Congress on policies related to science and engineering and education in science and engineering.
Linda Abriola, professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering, and former dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts, was recently named a Science Envoy by the U.S. State Department. Her responsibilities will be to develop partnerships, improve collaboration, and forge mutually beneficial relationships related to science and economic issues between other nations and the United States. There will be a focus on STEM education and enginee
Frances Arnold, professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology and director of its Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center, has been awarded the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize. Presented every two years by the Technological Academy of Finland, it comes with a monetary award of $1.2 million and goes to those who have contributed to technological innovations put into practice that enhance the quality of human life in a susta
Dark Matter, an international cyber security firm based in the United Arab Emirates, has promoted Najwa Aaraj to senior vice president of special projects. She moves from her previous position as vice president of the business unit. In her new role she will identify and develop business opportunities, provide new security and technology tools to the company, and focus on research.
Cornell Tech has appointed Rob Brachman its new director of the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute. Brachman was formerly Yahoo’s chief scientist and head of Yahoo Labs, where he oversaw Yahoo’s science activities worldwide and provided leadership at the intersection of research, applied science and academic partnerships. A computer scientist, he is known for his work in the field of artificial intelligence.
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
YuMe, Inc., a provider of global audience technologies that brings together brand advertisers and consumers of video content across a range of connected devices, announced that James Soss has joined the company as executive vice president, general manager of North America. In this position he will oversee North America sales, business development and customer operations.
The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NHI), the world’s largest research hospital, located in Bethesda, Maryland, is seeking to increase its patient safety frameworks. NHI was recently reviewed by a task force led by Norm Augustine. Among the recommendations was the formation of an outside hospital board to oversee the clinical center. Laura Forese will chair the new board.
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.
FusionHealth. a sleep health technology company, has announced that Michael McCloskey has been appointed its chief financial officer. In his new role, McCloskey will responsible for overseeing financial operations and corporate development functions during the company’s current period of rapid growth and beyond.
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.