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Mohini Misra Receives Fulbright Scholarship


Undergraduates Mohini Misra, Margaret Sui, and Arielle Tycko have been selected to receive Fulbright scholarships. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, created by the U.S. Congress in 1946, is a cultural exchange program that offers grants to students who wish to perform research or pursue creative activities abroad.

Misra, who studies computer science and biology, will attend the Technical University of Munich and work on integrating DNA/RNA-based logic circuits into cell-like systems. The larger goal of this work "is to attain more sophisticated control over biological components that depend on information in nucleic acids, such as CRISPR-Cas systems," Misra says.

After her fellowship, Misra will attend Stanford University to pursue a PhD in bioengineering. [Caltech story]

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Professor Ravichandran Receives 2023 ASME Timoshenko Medal


Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran, John E. Goode, Jr., Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, receives the 2023 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Timoshenko Medal "for pioneering contributions to the mechanics of engineering materials and biological systems, especially in extreme mechanical environments." Established in 1957, the Timoshenko Medal recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of applied mechanics. 

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Nader Engheta (MS '79, PhD '82) Named a 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awardee


The Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA)—Caltech's highest honor for alumni—is presented this year to four alumni who, because of both personal commitment and professional contributions, have made remarkable impacts in a field, on the community, or in society more broadly.

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2023 IEEE INFOCOM Test of Time Paper Award


A 2011 work on sustainable data centers co-authored by Adam Wierman, Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences; Director, Information Science and Technology, Minghong Lin (PhD '13), and Lachlan Andrew, a former research engineer at Caltech, has received an INFOCOM Test of Time Paper Award. The award recognizes papers published between 10 to 12 years ago in the INFOCOM proceedings that have been most cited and widely recognized to have a significant impact on the research community. The title of the paper is "Dynamic right-sizing for power-proportional data centers." 

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Kaila Coimbra Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar


Kaila Coimbra, a fourth-year undergraduate in mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace engineering, has been awarded the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship for graduate studies at Stanford University. The scholarship, which funds students for up to three years of study in any of Stanford's graduate programs, is awarded to applicants who embody visionary leadership and dedication to social good within their fields. [Caltech story]

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A Team of Caltech Undergraduates Win 3rd Place AIAA Best Paper Award


Alongside Soon-Jo Chung, Bren Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist, a team of Caltech EAS undergraduates have received the 3rd place AIAA Region VI Best Team Paper Award. The title of the paper is "SPAMMM – Solar Powered Array for Melting Materials on the Moon." Team members include Caltech undergraduates Parul Singh, Nathan Ng, Avi Patel, Camilo Garrido, Hazel Carey, Saren Daghlian, Kemal Pulungan, Sophie Polidoro, and Catherine Zheng; as well as research intern, Rasool Ray. 

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Anima Anandkumar Named a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow


Anima Anandkumar, Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, has been selected as a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of computer science. Professor Anandkumar is one of 171 writers, scholars, and artists honored across 48 fields and disciplines. Created in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has sought since its inception to “further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.” [Caltech story]

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Changhao Xu Receives AI4Science Fellowship


Medical Engineering student Changhao Xu has been selected as a recipient of the 2022-2023 AI4Science Fellowship. The AI4Science program recognizes graduate students and postdoctoral scholars that have had a remarkable impact in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and in their application to fields beyond computer science. The awards are selected by a committee of faculty including those from both CMS and beyond. This program is enabled by a partnership with Amazon. The fellowship makes opportunities available to the awardees throughout the year where they can present and meet with researchers at Amazon.

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How a Small Class at Caltech Helped Launch a Computer Revolution


One of the foundational early advances in computer science that makes our increasingly digital world possible began with a small course at Caltech in the early 1970s taught by Carver Mead (BS '56, MS '57, PhD '60), the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus. Mead received the 2022 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology in honor of his "leading contributions to the establishment of the guiding principles for VLSI systems design." VLSI, which stands for "very large-scale integration," is the process of combining millions of transistors onto a single chip that forms an integrated circuit and it is the cornerstone of the computers the world relies on today. [Caltech story

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