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Caltech Students Meet the Volts


At a special event entitled "Meet the Volts" students had the opportunity to learn about the evolution of electric vehicles from Kent Kresa, Chair of the Caltech Board of Trustees and former Interim Chairman of GM's Board of Directors. Also, presenting at the event was Larry Nitz, GM's Executive Director of Hybrid and Electric Powertrain Engineering, who discussed the propulsion technology that makes the Volt, GM's new electric car, unique. [Watch the Presentations

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Professor Pellegrino and Xiaowei Deng Receive Best Paper Award


Graduate student Xiaowei Deng and Sergio Pellegrino, Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Civil Engineering, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist, have received the Best Paper award from the 11th AIAA Gossamer Systems Forum for their technical paper "Wrinkling of Orthotropic Viscoelastic Membranes." [Read the Paper]

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Professor Brennen Elected to Fellow of ASME


Christopher E. Brennen, Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus, has been elected to the grade of Fellow at ASME. The Fellow grade recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Professor Brennen is one of only 3068 Fellows out of 121,087 ASME members.

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Professors Rosakis and Hoffmann Elected to the National Academy of Engineering


Ares J. Rosakis, Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Michael R. Hoffmann, James Irvine Professor of Environmental Science have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Professor Rosakis was elected for discovery of intersonic rupture, contributions to understanding dynamic failure, and methods to determine stresses in thin-film structures. Professor Hoffmann was elected for oxidative treatment technologies for the removal of organic and inorganic contaminants from water.

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Mechanical Engineering Student on the Cover of NCAA’s Champion Magazine


Theresa (Teri) Juarez is the face of college athletics—at least in the current issue of NCAA’s Champion Magazine. The magazine highlights Juarez’s accomplishments on the court and in the classroom, even featuring a photo gallery of her around campus and JPL. [Caltech Feature]

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Professor Rosakis to Receive 2011 Eringen Medal


Ares J. Rosakis, Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, will be receiving the A. C. Eringen Medal at the 48th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science where he will also deliver the Engineering Science Lecture.  The A. C. Eringen Medal is awarded in recognition of sustained outstanding achievements in Engineering Science. 

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Professor Colonius Elected APS Fellow


Tim Colonius, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for "the development of accurate and robust numerical methods for fluid dynamics and creative numerical experiments that expose the fundamental mechanics and control of instabilities, flow generated sound, and cavitation bubbles."

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Product Design for the Developing World


The only way to pass Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering Ken Pickar's E/ME 105 class, Product Design for the Developing World, is by designing something—a machine, a tool, a gadget, a process—to help improve the lives of the billions of people in the world who live on two or three dollars a day. [Caltech Press Release]

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Professor Greer Receives 2010 World Technology Award in Materials


Julia R. Greer, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics, is the winner of The 2010 World Technology Award in Materials.
Congratulations Professor Greer!

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Professor Andrade Wins AFOSR Young Investigator Award


José E. Andrade, Associate Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, has won a 2011 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award. The objectives of this program are: to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering. Professor Andrade’s award will support his research in energy-consistent multiscale algorithms for granular flow.  [AFOSR Press Release]

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