FOE Alumni News

  • Amanda Randles
    Amanda Randles
    Assistant Professor at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina said:
    1 month, 1 week and 5 days ago
    ACM named Amanda Randles recipient of the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for developing HARVEY, a massively parallel fluid dynamics simulation capable of modeling the full human arterial system at subcellular resolution and fostering discoveries that will serve as a basis for improving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of human diseases. The ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award is given to the outstanding young computer professional of the year, selected on the basis of a single recent major technical or service contribution.


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  • Tyrone Grandison
    Tyrone Grandison
    Founder at The Data-Driven Institute, Seattle, Washington said:
    2 months and 3 days ago
    Dr Grandison has been selected as a Zhi-Xing Eisenhower Fellow
  • Heather Maynard
    Heather Maynard (2005 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium)
    Professor at UCLA, Los Angeles, California said:
    2 months and 5 days ago
    Heather Maynard becomes the Dr. Myung Ki Hong Endowed Chair in Polymer Science at UCLA and wins the Arthur Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society.
  • Greg LeFevre
    Greg LeFevre (Japan-America 2018)
    Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa said:
    2 months and 5 days ago
    A paper from work in our lab ("Occurrence of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Finished Drinking Water and Fate during Drinking Water Treatment") was selected as a "2017 Best Paper" in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

    This work was also featured in the Washington Post and BBC.
  • Young-Shin Jun
    Young-Shin Jun (2016 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium)
    Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri said:
    2 months and 5 days ago
    New molecular Insights in Bone Development
    The Jun group published a new article in Nature Communication that introduces a new experimental and theoretical interpretation of nucleation of calcium phosphate in nano-confined collagen structures.

    Engineering website information

    Open access paper
  • Sudipta Seal
    Sudipta Seal (2006 USFOE)
    Chair and Professor at University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida said:
    2 months and 5 days ago
    Sharing my recent election to Florida Hall of Fame Inventors.
  • Shriram  Ramanathan
    Shriram Ramanathan (2010 USFOE)
    Recent collaborative paper at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana said:
    2 months and 1 week ago
    Just FYI, I wanted to share with you our recent collaborative paper demonstrating a quantum material that behaves like the ampullae of Lorenzini in Sharks in sensing oceanic environments.
  • Gordon  Wetzstein
    Gordon Wetzstein (2016 USFOE)
    Imaging Scientist of the Year 2017 Award at Stanford University, Stanford, California said:
    2 months and 1 week ago
    I received a Sloan Fellowship (2018) and the IS&T Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year 2017 Award, got married last year, the work I presented at FOE was published as a PNAS paper ( and my lab just published a Nature paper (
  • Mona  Jarrahi
    Mona Jarrahi (2012 US FOE)
    Professor at University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California said:
    2 months, 1 week and 2 days ago
    Prof. Mona Jarrahi has received a UCLA Biomedical Innovation Award for her work on terahertz imaging systems for nondestructive quality control of medical implants.
  • Mona  Jarrahi
    Mona Jarrahi (2012 US FOE)
    Professor at University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California said:
    2 months, 1 week and 2 days ago
    Prof. Mona Jarrahi has been elected Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) for her achievements in terahertz optoelectronics and microwave photonics.
  • Hussam Mahmoud
    Hussam Mahmoud (2015 US FOE, 2017 CAFOE)
    Associate Professor at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado said:
    2 months, 1 week and 2 days ago
    Article in Science Daily
    Our recent work on the newly developed hazard-agnostic model has been featured in Science Daily.

    Batman's Gotham City provides test case for community resilience model: A new approach to defining resilience that could help communities better prepare for hazards
  • Hussam Mahmoud
    Hussam Mahmoud (2015 US FOE, 2017 CAFOE)
    Associate Professor at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado said:
    2 months, 1 week and 2 days ago
    Interview on CBC Egypt
    Our group recently published on:
    Spatial and Temporal Variations in Resilience to Tropical Cyclones along the United States Coastline as Determined by the Multi-Hazard Hurricane Impact Level Model
  • Hussam Mahmoud
    Hussam Mahmoud (2015 US FOE, 2017 CAFOE)
    Associate Professor at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado said:
    2 months, 1 week and 2 days ago
    Interview on CBC Egypt
    The video is an interview Prof. Hussam Mahmoud gave recently on CBC Egypt with renowned T.V. host Lamis Elhadidy. The show is called "Here is the Capital". The discussion pertained to the importance of infrastructure as well as the importance of social and economic fabrics of communities in aiding in recovery of Egypt and other Arab countries from the social disruptions resulting from the Arab Spring.
  • Christopher Wilcox
    Christopher Wilcox (2014 US FOE, 2016 EU-US FOE)
    Electrical Engineer at US Naval Research Laboratory, ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico said:
    2 months, 1 week and 2 days ago
    Submitting my news
    Hello. I have two exciting pieces of news to share.
    Firstly, a project I have worked with called the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer, an astronomical instrument located in the mountains in Arizona, capable of very high-resolution imaging of astronomical objects is being upgraded with 3 meter-class telescopes with adaptive optics to increase its sensitivity dramatically. Observations of extra-solar sunspots, sunspots on other stellar objects, is going to be capable and we are going to be able to learn very much about the behavior and activity of other stars in our galaxy. It is a very exciting time for this field of astronomy.
    Second, on a more personal note, I am going to be changing area of study. For the last 15 years, I have worked in the field of adaptive optics for astronomy and telescope design. I am going to be changing from the Naval Research Laboratory to the Air Force Research Laboratory to work with high energy laser systems and imaging systems with different aircraft. I am going to be leading a venture for the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to better improve these systems and this is an ever-growing field of engineering in our current era. I am very excited.

    Thank you,
  • Jeffrey M. Karp
    Jeffrey M. Karp
    PhD at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard University, boston, Massachusetts said:
    2 months, 1 week and 2 days ago
    Flare-Responsive Hydrogel Developed to Treat Arthritis
    BWH bioengineers and physicians team up to develop a better delivery system for getting anti-inflammatory therapies to the sites where they are needed most.
  • Miroslaw Skibniewski
    Miroslaw Skibniewski
    Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland said:
    2 months, 1 week and 3 days ago
    Distinguished lecture at Tianjin University
    On March 19, 2018 Prof. Skibniewski delivered an invited Peiyang Lecture at Tianjin University, the oldest academic institution in modern China. Past Peiyang Lecture invitees included Nobel Prizer winners, prominent public figures , renowned writers and thinkers. The topic of Prof. Skibniewski's lecture was "Effective communication of engineering research results through scholarly journal papers." The content of the presentation was based on Prof. Skibniewski's 20+ years of experience as Editor-in-Chief of Automation in Construction, an international research journal published by Elsevier.


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  • Eduardo Torres-Jara
    Eduardo Torres-Jara (2011 JAFOE)
    Principal Scientists at Arevo Labs, Santa Clara, California said:
    2 months, 1 week and 3 days ago
    Paper published.
    A paper that describes Sensitive Manipulation has been published in the IJHR. Sensitive Manipulation is part of my approach to robotics (Sensitive Robotics) that uses Embodied Artificial Intelligence. The paper shows that using the information provided by the body through tactile perception difficult task in robotic manipulation can be performed robustly and reliably.
    The implementation of such approach requires changes at the hardware and the software. These changes are also analyzed in the paper.

  • Johney  Green
    Johney Green
    Communications Manager at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado said:
    2 months, 1 week and 6 days ago
    Johney Green Joins Inaugural Board of Trustees for the UK’s Faraday Institution

    Imagine driving an electric car from Denver to Santa Fe on a single charge. A European equivalent of that is London to Glasgow, and the Faraday Institution—an independent battery research organization based in England—wants to make it a reality by supporting and advancing electrochemical energy storage research and development activities and programs throughout the UK.

    That National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Johney Green, Jr. has been chosen to join Faraday's inaugural board of trustees to help set the agenda and support programs for emerging electrochemical energy storage technologies. Green is the associate lab director for the Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences directorate at NREL where he oversees buildings, manufacturing, transportation, wind power, water power, and geothermal research programs, including NREL's energy storage work.

    "The move toward cleaner, more efficient transportation is an exciting validation of decades of research in this area," said Green. "As nations around the world establish policies shifting from the production of gasoline-powered vehicles to electrified vehicles over the next few decades, maximizing battery performance and reliability, while decreasing their cost will become even more important."

    Green joins nine other distinguished board members from U.S. Department of Energy national labs, as well as academia, private industry, and public service. Board members serve as ambassadors and advisers in support of Faraday's mission to position the UK as a world leader in energy storage, accelerate commercialization, and take advantage of future economic opportunities as electrification takes off in the automotive industry and other sectors.

    Green's background in driving technological innovations in sustainable transportation traces back to his position as director of the Energy and Transportation Science Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he also oversaw the development of the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project, a model of innovative vehicle-to-grid integration technologies and next-generation manufacturing processes.

    He has served on numerous advisory boards for organizations including the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Memphis. He is a fellow of SAE International and has participated in several National Academy of Engineering programs. Additionally, he holds two U.S. patents in combustion science and is the lead or co-author of several technical publications.

    Green's prestigious post further reinforces NREL's role as not only a national trailblazer—but as a global leader in energy storage outreach and impact. Last year, NREL's collaboration across the pond with University College London resulted in a prestigious Engineer Collaborate to Innovate Award. And recently, NREL's Vehicle Electrification Group Manager Matt Keyser moderated a webinar on "Overcoming the Impacts of Fast Charging on Hybrid/Electric Vehicles, Batteries, and Charging Systems," hosted by The Battery Show as part of the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe 2018.

    As the country's recognized leader in battery thermal management research, NREL conducts evaluation, modeling, and simulation activities to assess energy storage components at the materials, cell, pack, and systems levels. This scientific innovation has been recognized with two R&D 100 Awards in the last five years.
  • Eric Ruggiero
    Eric Ruggiero (2017 EU-US FOE)
    Engineering Leader at GE Aviation, Evendale, Ohio said:
    2 months, 1 week and 6 days ago
    Dr. Eric J. Ruggiero was promoted to Engineering Leader of Aero & Thermal Technologies at GE Aviation supporting military engine product development in November 2017.

    Dr. Ruggiero also was invited to speak at University of Cincinnati on February 9, 2018. His seminar detailed the emerging intersection between Big Data analytics and commercial aircraft engines.

  • Alice Alipour
    Alice Alipour (US-Japan FOE)
    Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Alipour wins the NSF Early CAREER Award
    Iowa State structural engineering researcher earns prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) funding to increase resiliency of electric power networks under windstorm and aging effects.

    Alipour's project is “Resiliency of Electric Power Networks under Wind Loads and Aging Effects through Risk-Informed Design and Assessment Strategies.”

    During this five-year, $500,000 project, Alipour and her team will be taking both a component and system-level approach towards assessment and design of transmission line systems. Their goal is to create more resilient electric power networks (or EPNs) that can hold up under extreme weather conditions.
  • Elza Erkip
    Elza Erkip (1997 USFOE)
    Institute Professor at NYU, New York, New York said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    I am the President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2018. More details are in the article in the link below.

  • Kevin Fu
    Kevin Fu (2010 USFOE, 2015 GAFOE)
    Associate Professor at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Sonic attacks against diplomats in Cuba
    At least 24 employees of the U.S. embassy in Cuba heard high-pitched sounds between December 2016 and August 2017, and suffered injuries thought to be related to the noise. Researchers say bad engineering, not a deliberate attack, may be to blame.
  • Debora R
    Debora R
    Associate Professor at University of Houston, Houston, Texas said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Bacteria-fungi interaction may lead to improvements in crop production, sustainable energy
    Researchers traditionally have studied individual microorganisms independently of how those organisms interact with their surroundings. Now an international team of researchers is looking at how bacteria and fungi interact in soil, fundamental scientific research that could lead to advances in plant productivity and bioenergy.

    “Historically, we study organisms separately. Fungi only or bacteria only,” said Debora Rodrigues, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston and a co-principle investigator on the project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. “People are starting to realize they are all part of a community.”

    The work is led by Patrick Chain, lab research manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and includes researchers from the national lab’s Bioscience Division and the Center for Integrated NanoTechnologies; Vanderbilt University; and the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland, in addition to Rodrigues.

    Bacteria and fungi play key roles in soil microbiomes, affecting carbon flux, nutrient cycling and plant productivity. The researchers say they are studying fundamental principles underlying interactions between the two organisms in order to learn to manage ecosystem functions to improve crop production for sustainable energy generation, as well as potentially improving carbon sequestration in soils.

    “We will apply recent advances in functional genomics, bioinformatics, bioimaging, microbiome and computer science toward discovering the fundamental nature of how bacterial and fungi interact in soils under changing climactic conditions,” Chain said. “We then hope to use this knowledge to inform predictive models of ecosystem behavior and to ultimately provide targets for manipulating microbial communities toward beneficial outcomes.”

    Total funding for the three-year grant is expected to be $7.5 million. Rodrigues work will involve helping to investigate different fungal-bacterial interactions. These interactions will include the responses of fungus to bacteria living inside the fungus or the responses to bacteria that are close to but outside the fungus. The study will improve understanding of the communication between the two microorganisms and their antagonistic and synergistic interactions.

    The work is a new field for Rodrigues, who also continues to work in the use of nanotechnology to improve water filtration. Other co-PIs on the project are Jamey Young of Vanderbilt University and Pilar Junier of the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

    Scientists already know that bacteria use fungi to move around in soil, and interaction between the two organisms can have both beneficial and negative impacts for soil and plants, Rodrigues noted.

    While there has been research on how plants and fungi interact, as well as how plants and bacteria interact, bacteria-fungal interactions largely remain a mystery. “There are so many unknowns,” Rodrigues said.
  • Debora Rodrigues
    Debora Rodrigues
    Associate Professor at University of Houston, Houston, Texas said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Nano Nugget Series for the Water day
    World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22nd. The day focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in developing countries. The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is celebrating this year’s World Water Day by releasing a series of videos and podcasts, and by highlighting the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI) on Water Sustainability—and the role of nanotechnology in providing clean and affordable water solutions.

    Nano Nuggets: A number of new videos on nanotechnology and water were released in honor of World Water Day. Debora Rodrigues from the University of Houston was feature in one of these videos. Visit the Nano Videos and Podcasts page to watch her and other related videos to water and nanotechnology.


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  • Christopher M. Stafford
    Christopher M. Stafford (2016 US FOE)
    Research Chemist at National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Christopher M. Stafford, Research Chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was recently selected as a Fellow of the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of the American Chemical Society. He was recognized for "for the development of techniques for measuring the mechanical and transport properties of thin polymer films and membranes”. Dr. Stafford presented some of his work on polymer membranes at the 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering symposium.
  • Christopher M. Stafford
    Christopher M. Stafford (2016 US FOE)
    Research Chemist at National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Christopher M. Stafford, Research Chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He was recognized for “developing innovative techniques to enhance physical understanding of polymer thin films, including combinatorial arrays with controlled gradients, buckling methods to quantify modulus, and layer-by-layer methods to deduce structure-property relationships in polymer membranes.” Dr. Stafford spoke about his work on advanced characterization methods for water purification membranes at the 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering symposium.
  • Julian Marshall
    Julian Marshall (2007 JAFOE)
    Professor at University of Washington, Seattle, Washington said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    I'm writing to share minor but good news:

    The journal Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) picked the following paper as Best Environmental Technology Paper 2017:

    ​High-Resolution Air Pollution Mapping with Google Street View Cars: Exploiting Big Data

    Joshua S. Apte, Kyle P. Messier, Shahzad Gani, Michael Brauer, Thomas W. Kirchstetter, Melissa M. Lunden, Julian D. Marshall, Christopher J. Portier, Roel C.H. Vermeulen, Steven P. Hamburg​.
    list of recipients for 2017 awards:
    I'm honored to be a part of this research; I thought I'd share the good news!
  • Duncan Coffey
    Duncan Coffey (2015 US FOE)
    Engineering and Supply Chain Rotational Program Leader at DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Job Change
    Duncan is now the Engineering and Supply Chain Rotational Program Leader at DuPont. The Engineering and Supply Chain Rotational Program is an early-career rotational program focuses on the development of Engineering and Supply Chain talent. The Rotational Program is business-focused and is designed to meet the needs of the individual businesses and the Rotational Program participants. In doing so, we deliver results to the business and continue to provide development opportunities and early career paths for the participants.
  • Andreas Malikopoulos
    Andreas Malikopoulos (2010 GAFOE, 2016 US FOE)
    Associart Professor at University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Andreas Malikopoulos, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
    While ASME has more than 130,000 members worldwide, there are fewer than 3,500 Fellows.
    This distinction is only available to scholars with 10 years of ASME membership who have sustained significant engineering achievements.

    Malikopoulos was also promoted to Senior Member of IEEE.
  • David Bader
    David Bader
    Chair and Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    David A. Bader continues to serve as chair of the School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) at Georgia Institute of Technology. In his role as school chair, he focuses on providing leadership to a group of approximately a dozen tenure-track faculty, seven staff members, several research scientists, and approximately 150 MS and 115 PhD programs in Computational Science and Engineering, as well as students in the Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Bioengineering, and MS Analytics programs. In 2015, Bader successfully launched his school’s Strategic Partnership Program, whose partners include Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cray, IBM, Keysight Technologies, LexisNexis, Northrop Grumman, NVIDIA, and Yahoo; as well as the National Security Agency, Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    The school’s research mission is growing in leaps and bounds. The faculty in CSE are performing extremely well with approximately $40M of active awards, and $6.6M of research expenditures in FY17. With 12 faculty members in FY17, this is approximately $550K per faculty member per year in research expenditures (and makes CSE the top ranked school at Georgia Tech)!

    Prof. Bader, an IEEE Fellow and AAAS Fellow, is recognized by the international community as an expert in high performance computing and large-scale data analysis. His recent national leadership highlights include active roles on NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, Council on Competitiveness High Performance Computing Advisory Committee, CRA Board, and IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. Bader has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), ranked #1 by Thomson Reuters and by Google Scholar as the leading journal in computer systems. 2017 marked his fourth (and concluding) year as EIC.

    Georgia Tech is a vibrant university for high-performance computing research. Bader continues to lead a vibrant research group with highly competitive awards as a PI / coPI such as two National Science Foundation awards in the Strategic Technologies for Cyberinfrastructure Program ($250K) and Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation Program ($1.9M). He serves as a PI/coPI of several multi-million dollar awards from DARPA in the Power Efficiency Revolution for Embedded Computing Technologies (PERFECT) Program ($2.9M), the Hierarchical Identify Verify Exploit (HIVE) Program ($6.8M), and High Performance Data Analysis ($2.1M).


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  • Alex Huang
    Alex Huang
    Dula D. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering at University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    2018 Austin Power Electronics Symposium
    I am organizing the 2018 Austin Power Electronics Symposium on May 30, 2018. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.


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  • Scott Painter
    Scott Painter (2002 USFOE)
    Distinguished R&D Staff Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory , Oak Ridge , Tennessee said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    R&D100 Award
    Scott Painter was part of a project team that received an R&D100 Award for the product dfnWorks, a parallelized computational suite for flow and transport in three-dimensional networks of rock fractures. Developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, dfnWorks allows scientists and engineers to perform detailed numerical experiments on flow and transport through fractured rock in support of environmental and energy applications.
  • Christopher H. Frey
    Christopher H. Frey (1999 USFOE, 2005 GAFOE)
    Futrell Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Dr. Chris Frey of North Carolina State University will give the 48th Annual Critical Review at the Annual Meeting of the Air & Waste Management Association on June 26, 2018 in Hartford, CT. He will speak about "Trends in Onroad Transportation Energy and Emissions." Globally, 1.3 billion onroad vehicles consume 79 quadrillion BTU of energy, mostly gasoline and diesel fuels, emit 5.7 gigatonnes of CO2, and emit other pollutants to which approximately 200,000 annual premature deaths are attributed. His talk will focus on historic trends in vehicle activity, energy use, and emissions, effectiveness of fuel economy and emission standards, vehicle technology and emissions prevention and control, and related topics. His review paper of the same title will be published in the June issue of the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association.
  • Xiaohu Gao
    Xiaohu Gao (2008 USFOE)
    Professor at University of Washington, Seattle, Washington said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    New publications
    Dramatic enhancement of the detection limits of bioassays via ultrafast deposition of polydopamine, J Li, MA Baird, MA Davis, W Tai, LS Zweifel, KM Adams Waldorf, M Gale Jr, L Rajagopal, RH Pierce and XH Gao, Nature Biomedical Engineering 2017, doi:10.1038/s41551-017-0082.

    A ribonucleoprotein octamer for targeted siRNA delivery, W Tai, J Li, E Corey and XH Gao, Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2018, doi:10.1038/s41551-018-0214-1.
  • Christina Bloebaum
    Christina Bloebaum (1998 GAFOE)
    Dennis and Rebecca Muilenburg Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Interim Department Chair at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    As of August 1, I will be the new Dean of College of Aeronautics and Engineering at Kent State University.

    Past history: At University at Buffalo, served in a variety of administrative positions including Department Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Eng as well as Executive Director of the NYS Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation. Held the UB Chair of Competitive Product and Processes. Went to NSF to be Program Director from 2009-2012. Launched new programs while at NSF including the ODISSEI (Origami Design for Integration of Self-Assembling Systems for Engineering Innovation) program and the System Science program. Was named AIAA Fellow in 2012 and received the AIAA MDO (Multidisciplinary Design Optimization) Award in 2012. Came to Iowa State University as the Dennis and Rebecca Muilenburg Professor of Aerospace Engineering. Created a successful systems program within the department, served as Director of Graduate Education and Associate Chair for Research. Now serving as Interim Department Chair. Am also the Director of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium funded by NASA.
  • Christopher Bowman
    Christopher Bowman
    Distinguished Professor and James and Catherine Patten Endowed Chair at University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Tess Award
    Message From the POLY-L Discussion List
    March 27, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Christopher Bowman Named Winner of 2018
    Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings

    Dr. Christopher N. Bowman of the University of Colorado, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering will receive the Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2018. The announcement was made by the Officers and the Award Committee of the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

    Prof. Bowman obtained his B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. He began his academic career at the University of Colorado as an Assistant Professor in 1992 and is currently the James and Catherine Endowed Chair and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
    Prof. Bowman has made significant contributions to the field of polymer science and engineering with applications in coatings. Prof .Bowman is internationally recognized for his contributions to our fundamental understanding of photopolymerization systems and reaction engineering of crosslinked polymer systems. Prof. .Bowman has made important contributions to both the fundamental understanding of the kinetics, mechanisms, structure and properties of photo-polymer systems, and the creative development of new coating applications for these polymeric materials. Professor Bowman has published more than 350 articles related to polymeric materials and he has been awarded 25 patents including seven that have been licensed or optioned to eight different industrial companies. He has received numerous prestigious awards including the AIChE Materials Science Division C.M.A. Stine award in 2009, the ACS PMSE Division Cooperative Research Award in 2007, the AICHE R.H. Wilhelm award in 2001 and the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator award in 1997.

    Prof. Bowman has performed ground-breaking fundamental research that will continue to have applications in polymer coatings. Recent examples include his work in highly reactive acrylate monomers, his fundamental characterization of thiol-ene reactions, his experimental and theoretical analysis of both degradable network structures and those containing dynamic, exchangeable covalent bonds, and his groundbreaking research in biopolymer-base microfluidic systems. In the area of polymerization reaction modeling, Professor Bowman has published seminal work that addresses the complex relationships among the polymerization kinetics, the monomer chemistry, the polymerization conditions and the resulting polymer structure. His work on bottom up design of polymer network structures, starting from the basic monomer unit has established new directions for controlling the polymer network structure and more importantly the resulting properties of the polymer films and coatings. Professor Bowman uniquely focused on the design of new monomers and photopolymerization reactions that enable the formation of polymer structures with unique combinations of toughness, modulus, and stress.

    In another major contribution to polymerization reaction engineering, Professor Bowman was
    the first to exploit living radical photopolymerizations (LRPs) as a tool to better characterize network material properties, and the use of LRPs to create materials with unique properties not achievable by other polymerization techniques. Professor Bowman has also performed definitive studies on thiol-ene photopolymerization reactions. These reactions represent the only known step growth radical-mediated polymerization process, and he has successfully engineered these reactions to utilize this advantage in applications as diverse as dental materials, microdevices, polymer derived ceramics, coatings, and photolithographic materials.
    By combining the thiol-ene reaction with novel chemistries that he developed, Professor Bowman has most recently demonstrated, new approaches to produce crosslinked polymers with photoreaction-induced plasticity, photoreaction induced actuation, and the ability to completely eliminate stress from these systems.

    Dr. Bowman will receive the Tess Award from Dr. Melissa A. Grunlan, Chair of the PMSE Division, in August, 2018 during the 256th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, DC. An evening reception in honor of the Tess award recipient and other PMSE and POLY award winners also will be held.

    The Tess Award is presented annually by the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering in recognition of outstanding contributions to coatings science, engineering and technology. It is funded by a grant to the Division from Dr. and Mrs. Roy W. Tess. The purpose of the award is to encourage interest and progress in coatings science technology and engineering and to recognize significant contributions to the field. The Award consists of a plaque and a $3000 cash prize.

    Distinguished past recipients of the Tess Award include:

    William D. Emmons (1986) Mitchell A. Winnik (1999)
    Marco Wismer (1987) David R. Bauer (2000)
    Zeno W. Wicks, Jr. (1988) Frank N. Jones (2001)
    Theodore Provder (1989) Mohamed El-Aasser (2002)
    Walter K. Asbeck (1990) Rose A. Ryntz (2003)
    Kenneth L. Hoy (1991) Omkaram Nalamasu (2004)
    Ray A. Dickie (1992) J. Edward Glass (2005)
    Larry F. Thompson (1993) Jonathan W. Martin (2006)
    Werner Funke (1994) L.E. (Skip) Scriven (2007)
    John L. Gardon (1995) Clifford K. Schoff (2008)
    John K. Gilham (1996) Christian Decker (2009)
    Werner J. Blank (1997) Charles R. Hegedus (2010)
    Loren W. Hill (1998) Dean C. Webster (2011)
    Benny D. Freeman (2012) Gordon P. Bierwagen (2013)
    James V. Crivello (2014) Jamil Baghdachi (2015)
    Mark Soucek (2016) Stuart Croll (2017)

    For further information, please contact Dr. Theodore Provder, Chairman, Tess Award Committee, tel 440-914-0611, e-mail:

    Chair of ACS Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings
    Polymer & Coatings Consultants, LLC
    Theodore Provder, Ph.D., ACSF
    5645A Emerald Ridge Pkwy
    Solon, OH 44139
    Phone: 440914-0611
    Cell: 440-610-4809

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  • Zhuo Li
    Zhuo Li (2015 US FOE)
    Software Engineering Director at Cadence Design Systems, Austin, Texas said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Received Cadence Achievement Award (highest award in the company)
    I received Cadence Achievement Award in 2018 for my contribution to improve clock tree synthesis tool used in Cadence flagship digital design synthesis suite.

    Cadence Achievement Award is the highest level of company recognition for individual employees. The Cadence Achievement Award recognizes and rewards employees whose accomplishments have had substantial impact on the company’s success.
  • Zhuo Li
    Zhuo Li (2015 US FOE)
    Software Engineering Director at Cadence Design Systems, Austin, Texas said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    IEEE Fellow
    I was elevated to IEEE Fellow in January 2018. This is the letter from IEEE

    Dear Dr. Zhuo Li:

    Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.

    It is my great pleasure to inform you that the IEEE Board of Directors, at its November 2017 meeting, elevated you to IEEE Fellow, effective 1 January 2018, with the following citation:

    for contributions to physical synthesis and modeling of integrated circuits
  • Michele Marcolongo
    Michele Marcolongo (FAE)
    Department Head and Professor at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Dr. Marcolongo was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors this spring. She also published a book, Academic Entrepreneurship: How to Bring Your Scientific Discovery to a Successful Commercial Product, Wiley, 2017.
  • Ronald Azuma
    Ronald Azuma (9th Annual Frontiers of Engineering)
    Principal Engineer at Intel Labs, Santa Clara, California said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Electronic Imaging plenary talk
    Ron Azuma gave a plenary talk at Electronic Imaging 2018, discussing how to make future Augmented Reality systems as ubiquitous as smartphones are today. The video is posted at the provided link.


    Posted on: Alumni News

  • Manuel Garcia-Leiner
    Manuel Garcia-Leiner (2009 USFOE)
    Senior Manager at Exponent, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Moved back to Philadelphia
    After 5 years in Exponent's Bowie, MD office, I recently transferred to our Philadelphia office where I am a Senior Manager at the Polymer Science and Materials Chemistry Practice.
  • Christine Schmidt
    Christine Schmidt (FOE 1999)
    J. Crayton Pruitt Family Endowed Chair and Department Chair at J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Additional Commercialization Success and Professional Society President
    Dr. Schmidt continues in her role as Chair of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. She remains active in research and clinical translation, and is proud that research from her lab has resulted in another successful clinical product used in patients - VersaWrap Tendon Protector from her affiliated start-up company, Alafair Biosciences in Austin. First patient implants occurred in December 2017. VersaWrap is in addition to earlier research that helped lead to the successful Avance Nerve Graft product from AxoGen.

    Furthermore, Dr. Schmidt will assume the role of President for the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) effective April 10, 2018 for two years. AIMBE Fellows represent the top 2% of those in the field of medical and biological engineering.
  • Bryan Boudouris
    Bryan Boudouris (2013 US FOE)
    Weist Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Research Highlight
    Our team established that non-conjugated radical polymers are able to act as transparent conducting glasses. This discovery runs contrary to the commonly-implemented paradigm that large degrees of conjugation are required for macromolecular conductors to operate well. Instead, we were able to utilize pendant open-shell groups on non-conjugated macromolecules to conduct charge at relatively high rates. This work appeared recently in "Science" (Joo et al., "Science", 2018, 359, 1391-1395), and has been covered heavily in the popular press (the link to the original Purdue release is below).
  • Nikolay Dokholyan
    Nikolay Dokholyan
    Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, , said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago


    Posted on: Alumni News

  • Baratunde Cola
    Baratunde Cola (Several)
    Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    AAAS Fellow
    Bara was elected to the 2017 Class of AAAS Fellows.

  • John McCloy
    John McCloy (2013 US FOE, 2015 GAFOE)
    Professor at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Dr. McCloy was promoted to Full Professor in the School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at Washington State University. He was also named Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and received the Richard M. Fulrath award from the society to foster US-Japan collaboration.
  • Sudipta Seal
    Sudipta Seal (FOE)
    Professor and chair at University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    Been elected to World Academy of Ceramics, Italy
  • Grace O'Connell
    Grace O'Connell (2015 US FOE)
    Assistant Professor at University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California said:
    2 months and 2 weeks ago
    ME Assistant Professor Grace O'Connell has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a part of the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The CAREER Program is a foundation-wide program that offers the NSF's "most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization." This award will help to further support Professor O'Connell's research on "Modeling the Intervertebral Disc Using Quantitative MR Imaging."
  • Hamid Jafarkhani
    Hamid Jafarkhani (2008 USFOE)
    Chancellor's Professor at University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California said:
    3 months and 2 weeks ago
    The 2017 Innovation Hall of Fame Inductee at School of Engineering, University of Maryland
    Hamid Jafarkhani was inducted to the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame "for outstanding contributions to the development of space-time methods and algorithms for multi-antenna wireless communication systems and networks." The hall features innovations that have had a positive impact on society. Every year, University of Maryland recognizes the achievements of one selected innovator whose work is described in a special panel mounted in the hall. The hall is located on the first floor of the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building. During the 2017 Innovation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Prof. Jafarkhani was presented with a medallion by the President of the University of Maryland at College Park, President Wallace Loh. The ceremony was followed by the Charles and Helen White Symposium on Engineering Innovation. In the honor of the inductee, the title of the 2017 symposium was "Paradigm Shifts in Wireless Communications."