ENews Princeton Engineering

August 2006

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I am pleased to welcome you to the first edition of Princeton Engineering News, an email publication for alumni and friends of Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science. We have designed this newsletter to be a timely, easy-to-read complement to our printed publication, EQuad News. Below you will find links that we hope will provide insight into the day-to-day happenings that make Princeton Engineering an exciting place to teach, learn and invent. We also include notices of events on campus that you are invited to attend.

We are eager to hear your feedback. Please email us your comments.

-- H. Vincent Poor *77
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering

New Engineering Research Center to transform sensor technology

The National Science Foundation has funded a multimillion-dollar Engineering Research Center based at Princeton University that is expected to revolutionize sensor technology, yielding devices that have a unique ability to detect minute amounts of chemicals found in the atmosphere, emitted from factories or exhaled in human breath.
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Carter shapes future breakthroughs -- one atom, one student at a time

Emily Carter wrestles with a world so tiny that if you were to hold it in your hand you could not feel it or see it. Yet the type of work she does, as a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has the potential for large-scale transformations.

"In contrast to traditional mechanical engineering, which tends to focus on the macroscopic world, Emily's interest is more in the microscopic world, which is a new trend that will influence the future of engineering in a big way," said Weinan E, professor of mathematics at Princeton and a collaborator of Carter's.
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Princeton admits diverse group of engineering grad students

Students enrolling in Princeton's six engineering departments this fall represent a great diversity of backgrounds and include 27 percent women. "We are very happy with number, quality and diversity of the students who applied this year," said Stephen Friedfeld, associate dean for graduate affairs at the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
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Summer workshops build hands-on experience for MAE majors

During two sessions of a series of summer workshops, students used precision software and cutting equipment to make airplane wings from household foam insulation. The workshops, now in their second year, take place once or twice a week and are geared toward the mechanical and aerospace engineering majors who are on campus for the summer working in faculty labs and doing independent research.
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Engineering faculty honored for distinguished teaching and research

Princeton University bestowed its highest teaching award on chemical engineering Professor Sankaran (Sundar) Sundaresan during commencement ceremonies June 6, praising him for an unfailing dedication to illuminating complex subjects for students.

In addition, the School of Engineering and Applied Science presented its Distinguished Teacher Award to computer scientist Brian Kernighan and honored three junior faculty members for early-career achievements during the engineering Class Day ceremony June 5.
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Princeton Engineering honors top graduates

Members of this year's class of graduating engineering students are leaving Princeton with impressive records of accomplishments and ambitious plans for the future, Dean H. Vincent Poor told students and their families during the engineering Class Day ceremony Monday, June 5.

"This is a very broad class of students," Poor said."We have students who played intercollegiate athletics, performed in dance and musical events, served communities around the world, studied abroad, developed new technologies and made scientific discoveries - all the things we cherish here at Princeton.
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Former Lockheed CEO sparks discussion on future of science and technology

A panel of distinguished scientists at Princeton joined industry visionary Norman Augustine June 2 in a lively discussion of the significance of a recently issued report on the future of U.S. competitiveness in science and technology.

"Americans tend to take for granted that we will always have a leadership position in science and technology," warned Augustine, who chaired the National Academy of Sciences committee that produced the report.
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Littman conducts alumni on a model train adventure

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of his course on microprocessors, Prof. Michael Littman treated the young and the young at heart to a mini-tutorial in train signal processing at the 2006 Princeton Reunions.

Littman and technical staff member David Radcliff enlisted the help of children in the audience to act as train engines and signalmen in his reunions event, "All Aboard! Teaching Engineering with Toy Trains."
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Undergraduates win $10,000 Entrepreneurship Prize

Three Princeton undergraduates have won a $10,000 prize granted for the best business plan at an annual conference held by the Princeton Entrepreneurs'S Network (PrincetonEN).

Jeremy Johnson, Mick Hagen, and Joseph Perla won the prize for Zanidu, their concept for a website that will streamline admissions applications for both universities and applicants.
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Tim Baker, creator of computer models for aerodynamics, dies

Timothy Baker, an esteemed senior research scientist in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton and a pioneer in the area of computer simulations of aerodynamics, died in April after an intense, fearless battle with pancreatic cancer.

Baker's longtime colleagues, associate professor Luigi Martinelli of Princeton and Antony Jameson, the Thomas V. Jones professor of Engineering at Stanford University, wrote a tribute to Baker.
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Employers sought for engineering internships

The Center for Innovation in Engineering Education is actively building relationships with employers in engineering fields to place engineering students into summer internships that are highly beneficial to both the students and employers.
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Companies invited to attend fall 2006 job fair

The School of Engineering and Applied Science invites you to participate in the 2006 Science and Technology Job Fair, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, in Dillon Gymnasium. Several dozen companies attend this event annual in search of Princeton students with technical, quantitative and analytical skills. If your company would like to be represented, please ask your college recruiter to follow this link to the registration form.

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