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  • Posted 5 hours and 20 minutes ago

    Team of researchers demonstrate strong optical nonlinearity in atomically thin semiconductors
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  • Posted 1 week and 2 days ago

    Stacey Finley has been promoted to Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Quantitative and Computational Biology, effective 11/13/2023.
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  • Posted 4 weeks and 1 day ago

    Wong receives AIChE's Lawrence K. Cecil Award, the most prestigious environmental award in the chemical engineering professional society.
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  • Posted 1 month ago

    Anna was promoted to Associate Professor at New York University Grossman School of Medicine and appointed to the NIH Study Section "Population and Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS." Her research interests are expanding into climate change, specifically health effects of extreme heat, and she is actively seeking collaborators in the fields of climate forecasting, thermal engineering, heat stress physiology, and refugees/migration.
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  • Posted 1 month and 4 days ago

    1. I am celebrating 10th year at Collins Aerospace, a division in RTX Corp, and have been promoted to Sr. Principal Engineer.
    2. I am RTX-internally nominated to 2024 Women of Color (Professional Award) for upcoming WOC STEM conference.
    3. 11th co-invented patent "Multi-panel multi-function AESA system" has been granted recently. (So I have 11 patents out of 23 filed)
    4. I am traveling to Ireland in May as part of Collins Tech Track Cohort 2 meeting (leadership and innovation training for the selected individuals to become future Tech Fellow.) Also Giving an antenna class for the Collin engineers (part of Tech Track training)
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  • Posted 1 month and 5 days ago

    Exciting opportunities arose during the past six months, and we were able to make important connections within Life Science ecosystem of Washington, including joining the Life Science Washington Institute and getting accepted into the founder Cohort 11 of Washington Technology Industry Association. Our team has worked hard to grow connections within biotech, biopharma and life sciences tools communities, including:  
     
    Attending the BioTools Innovator pitch event yesterday (attached one-pager)
    We are also pitching at the Life Science Innovation Northwest 2024 next week.
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  • Posted 1 month and 5 days ago

    Turning trash into treasure to help quench the world’s thirst sustainably

    With a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Professor Young-Shin Jun will develop a novel value-adding treatment method for water purification byproducts.
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  • Posted 1 month and 5 days ago

    Prof. Fan Zhang was awarded a $1M DOE project to develop a network architecture tool to improve cybersecurity for advanced nuclear reactors through secured network architecture design, physical risk-informed vulnerability discovery and management, as well as cyber-attack detections.

    Prof. Zhang's team also developed a nuclear power plant digital twin for developing robot navigation and interaction (recent publication in the link). Prof. Zhang envisions robots assist inspection and maintenance in power plants, which reduces human's presence in harsh environment and also improve the efficiency of the operation. Given the constraints inherent in NPP environments, where conducting physical experiments is impractical, the development of a seamless testbed mirroring reality becomes apparent. In response, her group have developed a digital twin within the Unreal Engine platform, a robust framework renowned for its fidelity to real-world simulations. The developed digital twin incorporates two advancements. First, our digital twin uses a high-fidelity full scope nuclear power plant simulator to provide a comprehensive virtual representation of the physical plant as well as realistic simulation under transients and accident scenario by transferring process data from simulator in real time. Secondly, the implementation of quadruped robots, a domain largely under exploration due to the complex nature of their control systems and dynamics, was achieved. In addition, a sophisticated navigation system was developed, incorporating lidar, RGBD camera, and point cloud camera functionalities. In this environment, when assigned a target, robots are able to autonomously navigate towards it, adeptly circumventing obstacles and optimizing their path for efficiency. This advanced tool will enable unlimited possibilities in research in improve nuclear energy efficiency to accelerate net zero process, such as exploration of machine learning and reinforcement learning algorithms, validate robotic applications, and integrate real-time monitoring and predictive maintenance.
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  • Posted 1 month and 5 days ago

    At the beginning of this calendar year, Dr. Nicolas (Nico) Luco was promoted to leadership of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Seismic Hazard Model (NSHM), which is applied in building codes and other earthquake risk mitigation mechanisms such as insurance. Dr. Luco is the fourth leader of the NSHM since its inception in 1976, and he aspires to advance NSHM collaborations between earthquake scientists and engineers. The next USGS NSHM for the fifty states is scheduled for delivery in 2029.
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  • Posted 1 month and 5 days ago

    Publication: Takayuki Suzuki, Srivathsan Kalyan, Cynthia Berlinicke, Samantha Yoseph, Donald Zack, and SJ Claire Hur, “Deciphering Viscoelastic Cell Manipulation in Rectangular Microchannels”, Physics of Fluids, 35, 10 (2023)

    Award: Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award
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  • Posted 1 month and 5 days ago

    We just completed the very successful coordination and public engagement of the Total Solar Eclipse Event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Presented by Purdue University. IMS, NASA, and Purdue partnered to host over 50,000 people for approximately 3 minutes, 45 seconds of totality, with global media coverage. As NASA Indiana Space Grant Director, I was involved with programming, STEM symposium engagement booths, Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) student projects with blind and visually impaired students, and other eclipse activities in multiple communities in Indiana within the path of totality.
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  • Posted 1 month and 5 days ago

    My company, Gaia Energy Research Institute (Gaia), is celebrating its 9th anniversary in August 2024. Gaia focuses on energy R&D, especially related to electrochemical systems (fuel cells, electrolyzers, electrochemical compressors / separators, batteries, etc.). In February 2024, Gaia completed a DOE SBIR phase I project, "Low-Cost High-Performance Regenerative Fuel Cells (RFCs) for Fossil-Integrated Hydrogen Energy Storage." Gaia also focuses more broadly on environmental impact and techno-economic modeling. For example, for our clients, we often build models of the combined physics and economics of a new technology to better identify more viable product development approaches, manufacturing paths, and/or niche markets.

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  • Posted 1 month and 6 days ago

    Ida (Xue) Chen, a Global R&D Fellow at Dow, Inc., was recently honored with the 2024 Process Development Practice Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, recognizing her significant contributions to alkoxylation and amination processes. Ida has successfully commercialized more than 20 innovative products across diverse sectors, including electronics, construction, energy, agriculture, pharmaceutical, and food processing. Notably, Ida led the development of a groundbreaking reductive amination catalyst, “UCAMTM-F”, for commercial launch in 2024. This catalyst is expected to produce millions of pounds of ethyleneamines, crucial for gas treatment and CO2 capture.

    Ida holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering, a ME in Pharmaceutical Engineering, a MA in Statistics from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor's degree from Tianjin University, China. Throughout her career, she has filed more than 90 U.S. patent applications, with 23 U.S. patents granted, alongside over 400 global patent applications yielding more than 100 granted patents worldwide. Ida’s pioneering work and patented technologies have earned her 7 global technology awards, including the R&D 100 Award, Edison Award, and Business Intelligence Group Award, among others.
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  • Posted 1 month and 6 days ago

    Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
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  • Posted 1 month and 6 days ago

    Alex Yezerets, who is leading Advanced Decarbonization Research and Technology Team at Cummins, a global power leader, is excited to share that he has received the 2024 Ciapetta Lectureship Award (formerly The National Lectureship) from the North American Catalysis Society. He is deeply grateful to share this honor with many colleagues at Cummins and with many academic and industrial collaborators! Over the last two decades, these collaborative projects have pushed the boundaries of the environmental catalysis and contributed to a cleaner environment across the globe, while also paving the way for to the on-going decarbonization transition.
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  • Posted 1 month and 6 days ago

    • Your research or technical work (current work, new findings, advancements, recent publications):
    I work on designing security solutions for the next generation mid-range storage products for Dell. The primary question I try to answer is how we can build a more secure storage system without compromising on the performance.
    • Employment-related information (job, position, promotions):
    I work as a senior software engineer at Dell
    • Professional involvements (conferences you want to publicize, elections, appointments, conference presentations, etc.)
    Two of our work is submitted to USPTO:
    1) Fabric-Independent In-Band Privacy for Security Commands on NVMe-oF, with J. Pocas and N. Chiu. Filed with United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    2) Mechanism for Supporting Dedupe, Compression, and Logical Volume Crypto-Erasure on a Storage Array with C. Kaufman, N. Chiu, J. Pocas, R. Perlman, J. McCoy and A. Tamilarasan. Filed with United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    • Honors and awards
    • Personal (marriages, births, hobbies, travel)
    We got married in India in Dec 2023 and that gave us an opportunity to meet our extended families. I love to travel and want to know what is west of Westeros :)
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  • Posted 1 month and 1 week ago

    Our recent publication on hyperspectral chemical bond imaging presents a novel approach to studying lipid biology during aging or disease progression. This technique, known as PRM-SRS, allows for the simultaneous visualization of various lipid subtypes using a single label-free hyperspectral imaging (HSI) dataset, diverging from conventional methods and expanding the scope of lipid research.

    Diagnostic potential: Initial investigations on human kidney biopsy tissue samples suggest the potential of PRM-SRS in diagnosing and predicting renal disorders, potentially providing non-invasive insights into conditions associated with lipid abnormalities.

    Insights into neurological function: By mapping lipid distributions in mouse and human brain tissues, PRM-SRS sheds light on the role of lipid metabolism in neurological disorders, paving the way for targeted therapeutic approaches.

    Future directions: With its versatility and ease of implementation, PRM-SRS holds promise across a spectrum of applications, from in-depth studies to imaging techniques enhanced by deep learning, signaling a new era of comprehensive cell and tissue imaging.
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  • Posted 1 month and 1 week ago

    Dr. Meredith Sellers has been promoted to the position of Principal Engineer at Exponent, Inc. 

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  • Posted 1 month, 1 week and 1 day ago

    Dr. Fan has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
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  • Posted 1 month, 1 week and 1 day ago

    Dr. Vlassakis received two noteworthy awards since attending the 2023 US FOE. First, she was named an NIH Director's New Innovator. Second, she was selected as a Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Rising Star.
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