Winners of the 2023 New Horizons Award Announced
The winners of the 2023 New Horizons Award were announced at the end of this academic year. Claire C. Ralph was recognized for many efforts, often on a volunteer basis, in faculty recruitment, outreach, curriculum design, mentoring, and teaching in CMS and the broader community, with a special focus on community efforts that bring in new members or that support individuals who come from underserved backgrounds. Angela Gao was recognized for efforts to improve the climate on campus through participation and leadership on the EAS and CMS DEI steering committees, organization of the Women in CMS group, and service to the CMS graduate student community. Jacqueline R. Tawney was recognized for sustained and positive impact to GALCIT and the broader aerospace community as a student leader, advocate, and author on topics involving history, ethics, and identity, and on improving equity in qualifying exams. Newton Nguyen was recognized for efforts to improve access to STEM fields for blind and disabled students at Caltech and the broader community and for serving as a role model and advocate for others. Prachi Thureja was recognized for leading Womxn in EAS by connecting women, including students, staff, postdocs, and faculty members, in the Caltech community and providing resources to support professional growth and development.
New Horizons Award
Winners of the 2023 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes Announced
The Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes are awarded annually to PhD candidates selected for the best thesis, publication, or discovery in select fields. Saransh Sharma, advised by Professor Azita Emami, has received the prize in Biotechnology or Related Fields for his research in developing ultra-low power and highly miniaturized medical electronics for in-vivo localization and tracking. Nathaniel Wei, advised by Professor John Dabiri, has received the prize in Environmentally Benign Renewable Energy Sources or Related Fields for his research that explores the ways in which unsteady flows in the atmosphere can be leveraged in wind-energy systems for enhanced performance, robustness, and operational longevity. Rebecca Gallivan, advised by Professor Julia Greer, has received the prize in Nanotechnology or Related Fields. Coupled with the development of novel materials processing, Gallivan's research focuses on uncovering fundamental insight into the relationship between length-scale and microstructural features on nanomechanical phenomena in order to lay the foundation for advanced engineering and complex design of materials in nanotechnologies.
Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes
Watson Lecture on May 10: Chiara Daraio on Developing Wearables That Can Help Us Monitor Our Health
On Wednesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. PDT in Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus, Chiara Daraio, the G. Bradford Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics and Heritage Medical Research Institute Investigator, will continue the 100th anniversary season of the Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series with "Making Wearable Materials Smarter."
Advances in materials science, manufacturing, and computer science have enabled transformative innovations in wearable materials, with designs that can monitor metabolic activity, change stiffness on command, and even interpret our mood. These new materials will allow garments and fashion to bring together the physical and digital worlds. In this lecture, Daraio will show examples of how these materials will help us stay healthy, how they will revolutionize the way we communicate, and how they will adaptively support our everyday needs. [Caltech story]