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121st Commencement Ceremony

06-12-15

Caltech’s 121st commencement ceremony was held on Friday June 12, 2015. The commencement speaker was cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell, an expert on the intersection of culture and technology. She reminded the graduates that it is the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law which she referred to as a bold statement of engineering and a promise about the state of the future. She asked the graduates to not only bring their technical skills to the table, but also their humanity and obligation to make the work a better place. [View Dr. Bell’s commencement address]

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2015 Bhansali Prize Award Winners

06-11-15

Bryan He, a senior student advised by Yisong Yue, and William Hoza, a junior student advised by Leonard Schulman, are the recipients of the 2015 Bhansali Prize. Nicholas Schiefer, a junior student advised by Erik Winfree, won an honorable mention for the Prize. The Bhansali Prize is typically awarded to one undergraduate student for outstanding research in Computer Science in the current academic year, but due to the number of particularly high-caliber candidates in 2015, the Bhansali Prize committee determined that multiple students deserved the award.

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Winners of the 2015 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes Announced

06-09-15

The student winners of the 2015 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special luncheon with the Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis family. Alborz Mahdavi received the prize in Biotechnology for his work with David Tirrell developed a set of important new tools for analyzing protein synthesis in complex biological systems. Srivatsan Hulikal was the recipient of the prize in Seismo-Engineering, Prediction, and Protection for his work with Nadia Lapusta on linking macroscopic frictional properties of interfaces to their micromechanics. Lingwen Gan working with Steven Low received the prize in Environmentally Benign Renewable Energy Sources for his work on sustainable power systems and specifically the control and optimization of distributed energy resources in future smart grids. The winner of the prize in Nanotechnology was Niranjan Srinivas  for designing and building a system of DNA machines that, in bulk, implement an oscillator. Niranjan's advisor was Eric Winfree.

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Professor Meiron Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

06-05-15

Dan Meiron, Fletcher Jones Professor of Aeronautics and Applied and Computational Mathematics, has received a 2014-2015 Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology (ASCIT) Teaching Award. [List of past recipients]

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CMS Undergraduate Wins Intercollegiate Conference & Sets Record in 5K

06-03-15

Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) undergraduate student, Aditya Bhagavathi, has claimed the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title in the 5,000 meter run. Previous to that he set a new program record in outdoor 5,000 meter run clocking at 14:46.66 to beat out the last record by nearly six seconds. [SCIAC title] [5K record] [NCAA qualifier]

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Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research

05-29-15

The Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) Department hosted its second annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research on Friday, May 29th, 2015. Twenty students/teams participated by presenting their research via a poster and/or demo, and prizes were awarded to the top three teams, as voted by event attendees: First Place (Tie): Distributed Control of Networked DER Visualization, presented by Kalyn Chang, Monica Lee, Ker Lee Yap, and Frank Zhou, and Spoons, presented by Donsuk Lee and Joon Sik Kim; Second Place: Grapevine, presented by Taokun (Xander) Zheng, Aditya Bhagavathi, and Aman Agarwal.

In addition, the following students were recognized for their outstanding academic excellence and/or services to CMS: Joseph Choi, Xiangyi Huang, Chiraag Nataraj, and Ellen Price.

Many members of the CMS community attended to learn more about the research projects, and a large number of undergrads came to support and celebrate their classmates' hard work.

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Professor Umans Named Simons Investigator in Computer Science

05-21-15

Christopher Umans, Professor of Computer Science, has been named a Simons Investigator in Computer Science by the Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences Division. The award honors and supports "outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists." Professor Umans’ research centers on algorithms and complexity. He has made contributions to the understanding of randomness in computation, and algorithms for fundamental algebraic problems which includes developing a group-theoretic approach for matrix multiplication. [List of awardees] [Caltech story]

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Taokun Zheng Receives 2015 Henry Ford II Scholar Award

05-14-15

Computing and Mathematical Sciences student Taokun (Xander) Zheng, mentored by Professors Alan Barr and Adam Wierman, is a recipient of the 2015 Henry Ford II Scholar Award. Xander is working on a network project utilizing photographic media. The Henry Ford II Scholar Award is funded under an endowment provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund. The award is made annually to the engineering student with the best academic record at the end of the third year of undergraduate study.

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Caltech Grads Increase Earnings by 49%

05-01-15

Graduates of Caltech increased their earnings by 49%, on average, just by attending the school, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution. The average alumni made $126,200 a year at mid-career, compared with a projected salary of $77,129 if they had gone to another comparable institution. [CNN Money]

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Professor Tropp Receives Pioneer Award

04-22-15

Joel A. Tropp, Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, will receive the Compressive Sampling Pioneer Award at this year’s International Society for Optics and Photonics - Defense Security and Sensing conference (SPIE. DSS). He is one of the first researchers to contribute to the field of sparse approximation, which is also known as compressive sampling. At the conference he will give a presentation on sampling theorems for structured signals, based on his paper entitled “Living on the Edge.”

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