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Reconsidering the Global Thermostat

10-24-12

Doug MacMartin, Senior Research Associate in Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and colleagues have shown that the outcome of geoengineering can be tunable. Geoengineering is the concept of how the planet's climate could be manipulated to counteract the effects of global warming. Using computer modeling, they have shown that varying the amount of sunlight deflected away from the earth by season and by region can significantly improve the parity of the situation. [Caltech Release]

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Number One Engineering and Technology University

10-04-12

For the third year the Times Higher Education world university rankings has ranked Caltech as number one in engineering and technology. [View Rankings] [Caltech Feature]

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Caltech Welcomes Professor Chandrasekaran

09-19-12

Venkat Chandrasekaran, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, arrived at Caltech in early September 2012. His area of research is mathematical optimization. He describes, "Almost anything we wish to do in engineering design is about maximizing objectives subject to certain constraints—trading off different aspects of a system to optimize a few others. For instance, if you work in jet-engine design, you have certain constraints in the amount of material you can use, the weight of these materials, aerodynamic issues, etc. But then you want to be able to design your wings and so on in such a way that you maximize, for example, how fast you are able to go. My specific focus deals with trying to look at optimization problems that (a) are tractable to solve—not all optimization problems are ones that can be efficiently solved on a computer—and (b) arise in the information sciences." [Caltech Release]

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Professor Kitaev Receives $3M Fundamental Physics Prize

07-31-12

Alexei Y. Kitaev, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics, has received the $3 million Yuri Milner Fundamental Physics Prize. The prize citation recognizes Professor Kitaev's "theoretical idea of implementing robust quantum memories and fault-tolerant quantum computation using topological quantum phases with anyons and unpaired Majorana modes."  This new prize is the most lucrative academic prize in the world and Professor Kitaev is one of only nine scientists to receive it this year. [New York Times Article] [The Guardian Article] [Caltech Release]

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Put a Seismometer in Your Living Room

06-18-12

Back in the 1960s, Charlie Richter (PhD '28) installed a seismometer in his living room. It was bigger than his TV set, and it didn't go with the sofa, but it saved him a lot of late-night drives into the Seismo Lab and was a great conversation piece. Now, if you live in the Pasadena area, you can have one, too. Professor of geophysics Robert Clayton will send a wallet-sized seismometer to the first 1,000 volunteers with an Internet connection and a spare USB port. There is one small catch: you have to promise to leave your computer on 24/7. Read more

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Xin Hu and Stephane Lintner Receive Carey Prize in Applied Mathematics

06-18-12

Graduate students Xin Hu and Stephane Lintner have received the W. P. Carey Prize in Applied Mathematics, awarded by a faculty committee in Applied and Computational Mathematics for outstanding doctoral dissertations. Dr. Hu's theses is entitled "Multiscale Modeling and Computation of 3D Incompressible Turbulent Flows." and Dr. Lintner's theses is entitled "High-Order Integral Equation Methods for Diffraction Problems Involving Screens and Apertures." [CMS Recognitions]

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Judy Mou and Michael Hirshleifer Receive 2012 Henry Ford II Scholar Award

06-13-12

Judy Mou, an undergraduate student in Computing and Mathematical Sciences, with an interest in building smart systems that identify patterns in sensory data to perform autonomous actions, is one of the recipients of the 2012 Henry Ford II Scholar Award. The other recipient is undergrade student Michael Hirshleifer who is interested in algorithms, data mining, and the intersection of computer science with economics.

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Melissa Yeung Wins DOE Fellowship for Computational Science

06-11-12

Graduate student Melissa Yeung, working with Professor Mathieu Desbrun, is one of 21 students nationally to receive a Department of Energy (DOE) 2012 Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. Yeung studies an area of mathematics known as discrete differential geometry, which has diverse applications in such fields as engineering, computer animation, product design, and medicine. [Caltech Feature]

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Best Paper at Green Computing Conference

06-11-12

Professor Adam Wierman, along with students Zhenhua Liu and Minghong Lin have received the Best Paper award at the IEEE Green Computing Conference for their paper "Online algorithms for geographical load balancing". The paper provides near-optimal algorithms that can cloud services to implement "follow the renewables" routing, and to take advantage of solar and wind energy.

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Alumni Named Broadcom Distinguished Engineers

06-08-12

Alumni Tony (Tak) Lee (PhD '95, Computer Science ) and Paul Penzes (PhD '02, Computer Science) have been recognized by Broadcom as 2012 Distinguished Engineers. These former students of Professor Alain Martin, have joined a small group of exceptional Broadcom engineers who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty and are widely recognized by peers as experts in their field. Tony (Tak) Lee is Associate Technical Director of the Broadband Communications Group and was honored for his contributions to Advanced Forward Error Correction Technologies. Paul Penzes is Associate Technical Director of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and was honored for his contributions to Standard Cell Technology Development. [Broadcom Blog]

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