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Ray Feeney Joins Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Tech Council

11-20-12

Ray E. Feeney (BS 1975 EAS, Page House) has recently joined the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is the past recipient of several Academy Awards, including one for designing the first motion control camera system. Earlier this year, Feeney received a 2012 Engineering Emmy on behalf of The Academy for the ACES project which he co-chaired. He was named a Caltech Distinguished Alumnus in 2008, and now serves on the Board of Directors of the Caltech Alumni Association. [Learn more]

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Alumnus Receives 2012 Simons Graduate Fellowships in Theoretical Computer Science

11-06-12

Christopher Beck (BS '09 Computer Science and Mathematics) is a recipient of a 2012 Simons Graduate Fellowship. The fellowships are given to graduate students in theoretical computer science with outstanding track records of research accomplishments. Beck’s work seeks to establish the limits of how efficiently we can solve computational problems. One of his papers studies a popular class of algorithms known as SAT solvers and shows that if their memory is restricted, then they can require exponential running time. Another result concerns how well we can approximately sample from certain distributions when our computation must be small depth, that is, highly parallelizable. Beck and his co-authors showed that even exponentially large bounded depth circuits cannot sample with even exponentially small success from a certain simple distribution.

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Dr. Holzmann Receives NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal

10-25-12

Gerard J. Holzmann, Faculty Associate and Lecturer in Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Lead Scientist of the Laboratory for Reliable Software at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal "for exceptional and sustained achievement in developing and infusing advanced engineering practices for the verification of mission-critical software." [Learn more]

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Dr. Vanier Named October Professor of the Month

10-24-12

Michael C. Vanier, Lecturer in Computing and Mathematical Sciences, has been chosen as "Professor of the Month" by the Caltech Academics and Research Committee (ARC).  ARC serves as an objective liaison between students and faculty, to facilitate effective communication, and improve the quality of learning at Caltech. The students nominated Dr. Vanier as "a lecturer that is an outstanding teacher and someone who cares for the well-being of their students".

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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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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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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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Professor Mead Receives Frontiers of Knowledge Award

01-17-12

Carver Mead, Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, has been awarded the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of Information and Communication Technologies. He was recognized for being "the most influential thinker and pioneer" of the silicon age and for enabling "the development of the billion-transistor processors that drive the electronic devices—for example, in laptops, tablets, smartphones, DVD players—ubiquitous in our daily lives." [BBVA Release]

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