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.
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.