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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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Engineering and Art

03-12-15

Students in Professor Hillary Mushkin’s media arts seminar (E/H/Art 89 New Media Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries) have once again put on a unique exhibition highlighting art and engineering. The course provides a platform for an expanded understanding of engineering and an active, project-based engagement with art history.

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SURF Honors Professor Murray

03-06-15

Richard M. Murray, Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering, has been honored by Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program for making an outstanding contribution to the program, students, and the Institute. Since 1992, Professor Murray has mentored 158 SURF and Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowships (MURF) students. He is known for being a hands-on mentor, as well as a strong advocate for undergraduate research. Each year the “SURF year” is dedicated to someone who has made an outstanding contribution and SURF 2015 was dedicated to Professor Murray.

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Professor Mead Elected to National Academy of Inventors

01-06-15

Carver Mead, Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, has been named fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He has significantly advanced the technology of integrated circuits by developing a method called very-large-scale integration (VSLI) that allows engineers to combine thousands of transistors onto a single microchip, thus exponentially expanding computer processing power. Election as an NAI fellow is an honor bestowed upon academic innovators and inventors who have "demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society." [Caltech story]

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Dr. Holzmann Receives Harlan D. Mills Award

12-17-14

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 2015 IEEE Computer Society Harlan D. Mills Award. He is being honored "for fundamental contributions to improving software quality, in particular through model-checking tools and coding standards, and for successfully transferring these contributions to practitioners developing mission-critical software."

The award recognize researchers and practitioners who have demonstrated long-standing, sustained, and meaningful contributions to the theory and practice of the information sciences, focusing on contributions to the practice of software engineering through the application of sound theory. [IEEE Computer Society Release] [ENGenious article]

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Quantum Code-Cracking

12-15-14

Thomas Vidick, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, researches quantum computing and specifically the computer science of quantum physics. He is trying to figure out how some of the principles of quantum computing can be applied right now, using today's technology. [Interview with Professor Vidick] [ENGenious article]

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