FOE Alumni News

  • Aydogan Ozcan
    Aydogan Ozcan (NAE FOE 2011 and NAE JAFOE 2014)
    Chancellor's Professor at UCLA, Los Angeles, California said:
    3 months and 3 weeks ago
    HHMI Professor
    I have been named an HHMI Professor by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
  • Stergios Roumeliotis
    Stergios Roumeliotis
    Professor at Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota said:
    3 months, 3 weeks and 4 days ago
    Google Project Tango
    Prof. Stergios Roumeliotis's group, Multiple Autonomous Robotics (MARS) Lab, is one of the academic partners in Google's Project Tango. Prof. Roumeliotis and MARS lab researchers appear in a promotional video released by Google today.
  • grant heffelfinger
    grant heffelfinger (2006 IAFOE, 2004 USFOE, 2003 USFOE)
    Senior Manager, Radiation Effects Sciences & Applications, Sandia National Laboratories at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico said:
    4 months, 1 week and 6 days ago
    Promoted to Director, Physical, Chemical, and Nano Sciences Center, Sandia National Laboratories
    Grant Heffelfinger earned his BS from Iowa State University and PhD from Cornell University following a thesis on computational molecular physics. Following his appointment to a research staff position at Sandia National Laboratories in 1988, he worked in the areas of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, materials and molecular science, and algorithms for massively parallel supercomputing. His research management career has ranged from materials science to applied bioscience and biofuels and radiation effects science, and has included developing partnerships with universities, private companies, non-profits, and other government laboratories for program sponsors such as the US Dept of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Alexis Abramson
    Alexis Abramson
    Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Faculty Director, Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio said:
    5 months, 2 weeks and 2 days ago
    Alexis Abramson appointed faculty director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University. Abramson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been with the Case School of Engineering since 2003, and has focused her research on novel techniques for thermal characterization of nanostructures; the design and synthesis of unique nanomaterials for use
    in alternative energy applications; and strategies to accelerate technology commercialization at universities and research institutions.
    Since 2011, Abramson has served as Chief Scientist of the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, which invests about $90 million per year in the creation of energy-efficient and cost-effective building technologies that are within five years of being market-ready. Abramson’s work there has developed strategies that focus on quality
    public engagement, peer-reviewed quantitative analysis and structured prioritization of federal investment projects.
    The Great Lakes Energy Institute connects Case Western Reserve faculty to create breakthrough research and technologies to transition into worldwide impact. Created in 2008, it has attracted nearly $10 million in energy gifts and has supported energy research collaborations that win major grant funding and educate students. Since the institute’s inception, Case Western Reserve had quadrupled its level of energy-related research.


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  • Thomas Epps
    Thomas Epps (2013 EU-US FOE, 2008 USFOE)
    Thomas & Kipp Gutshall Associate Professor at University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware said:
    5 months and 3 weeks ago
    Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award
    Thomas H. Epps, III, is the 2014 Young Investigator Award recipient because of his growing influence in the field of polymer physics.
  • Thomas Epps
    Thomas Epps (2013 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium)
    Thomas & Kipp Gutshall Associate Professor at University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware said:
    5 months and 3 weeks ago
    Nature Communications article on Processing of Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery
    A research team led by Prof. Thomas Epps demonstrated that processing can affect the size and stability of nanocarriers for targeted drug delivery. This behavior can have a significant influence on nanocarrier shelf-life and in vivo biodistribution. The research was reported in Nature Communcations and highlighted by NPR.
  • Claus Daniel
    Claus Daniel (2014 US FOE)
    Deputy Director, Sustainable Transportation Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee said:
    5 months, 3 weeks and 4 days ago
    ORNL helps design new 'SuperTruck', more fuel efficient tractor trailer
  • Alberto Valdes-Garcia
    Alberto Valdes-Garcia (2013 US FOE)
    Research Staff Member, Manager at IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, New York said:
    5 months and 4 weeks ago
    Progress in graphene-based electronics
    IBM has built on their previous graphene research and developed what is being reported as the best graphene-based integrated circuit (IC) built to date, with 10 000 times better performance than previously reported efforts.

    This graphene-based IC serves as a radio frequency receiver that performs signal amplification, filtering and mixing. In tests, the IBM team was able to use the circuit to send text messages (in this case, “IBM”) without any distortion.

    The breakthrough is a major milestone for the Graphene Open Manufacturing program funded by DARPA, and discussed in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, titled "Graphene Radio Frequency Receiver Integrated Circuit", by Shu-Jen Han, Alberto Valdes Garcia, Satoshi Oida, Keith A. Jenkins and Wilfried Haensch
  • Linda Griffith
    Linda Griffith
    Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts said:
    5 months and 4 weeks ago
    Linda Griffith and her collaborators at the Center for Gynepathology Research at MIT got recognition in the New Yorker magazine for research on endometriosis published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Endometriosis affects about 10% of women causing debilitating pain and infertility, and often has onset in teen years. Many patients are refractory to medical therapies. The study showed a new way to classify endometriosis patients and identified a possible new kinase drug target.


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  • Barrett Caldwell
    Barrett Caldwell (2008 USFOE, 2006 GAFOE, 2003 USFOE)
    Professor of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana said:
    5 months, 4 weeks and 1 day ago
    Finding Time for Updates
    Over the past few months, I have been sufficiently active with my research and administrative projects to have more frequent updates than I could find time to share updates. Here is a brief update of some recent news:

    * I have begun a role as the Purdue campus PI for two of the four FAA PEGASAS Center of Excellence (see link below) projects on Weather Technologic in the Cockpit. This effort began with a kickoff meeting with FAA in January; technology evaluations and pilot surveys are underway.

    * The NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute selected our research team for planetary analog research to study human-robot collaboration. My role is on examining information flow and expertise coordination in a "mission control" configuration for field study.

    * Also with NASA, I continue to serve as the Director of the Indiana Space Grant Consortium (a training grant from the NASA Office of Education focusing on STEM education and workforce development). Recently, I was invited to participate in an effort to examine and improve the process of recruiting and selecting summer interns to NASA Centers.

    * One of my graduate students, Michelle Jahn, won an NSF Grad Research Fellowship award. This is the second year in a row one of my students has been a GRFP awardee. More information about my lab is available at
  • Ken Goldberg
    Ken Goldberg (1995 USFOE)
    Professor at UC Berkeley, Mill Valley, California said:
    6 months ago
    African Robotics Network
    With a colleague in Ghana, I co-founded the African Robotics Network. It now has over 400 members. This year, with support from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, we held a second round of competitions to design software and curricula for an "Ultra Affordable Educational Robot" that can inspire young children worldwide about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The project engages interested students and engineers in Africa and worldwide in designing robots that are an order of magnitude less expensive than what exists today:

    I'm also pursuing several research projects in Cloud Robotics. Rather than viewing every robot as an isolated system with limited computation and memory, "Cloud Robotics" suggests a new approach where robots exchange information and resources via wireless networking. The Google self-driving car exemplifies this trend by indexing a vast online database of maps and images for precise spatial localization. The Cloud can also provide access to massively parallel grid computing for statistical optimization, learning from demonstrations, and motion planning. Future robots could exchange data and code for grasping, navigation, and manipulation.

    More information:
  • Todd Danko
    Todd Danko (2011 US FOE, 2012 JAFOE, 2014 JAFOE)
    Lead Research Scientist at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs, Cherry Hill, New Jersey said:
    6 months and 1 day ago
    Team TROOPER, led by Todd Danko, recently passed two major milestones while participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). The team successfully navigated the Virtual Robotics Challenge in the summer of 2013, securing follow-on funding and a position at the December 2013 DRC Trials. At the DRC Trials, Team TROOPER placed in the top eight contenders, receiving an invitation to continue to the final round. The DRC Trials required robots to perform tasks such as driving vehicles, climbing ladders, crossing uneven terrain, clearing debris, opening doors, turning valves and operating power tools all while under conditions of degraded communications.
    Team TROOPER consists of researchers and engineers form Lockheed Martin, The University of Pennsylvania and The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Satish Narayanan
    Satish Narayanan (FOE 2001)
    Program Manager at United Technologies Systems & Controls Engineering, East Hartford, Connecticut said:
    6 months and 1 day ago
    Dr. Narayanan was appointed as Program Manager for the Systems & Controls Engineering Initiative at United Technologies, to lead model-based systems engineering efforts at the United Technologies Aerospace Systems business unit.