Caltech Faculty Named Top Innovators
PASADENA, Calif. — Two California Institute of Technology faculty members, Stephen Quake, associate professor of applied physics, and Michelle Effros, associate professor of electrical engineering, were named among the World's Top 100 Young Innovators in technology and business by Technology Review magazine, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Hailing from nine different countries, nominees were chosen for their contributions in transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biotechnology, computing, energy, medicine, manufacturing, nanotechnology, telecommunications, and transportation. This year's TR100 includes innovators from well-known companies and institutions, such as Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Lucent Technologies as well as emerging businesses such as Barcelona Design, MicroCHIPS, Scale Eight, and Seven Networks.
Effros, who is the director of the Caltech data compression laboratory, conducts research on information compression and communication. With the growth of network applications like the Internet and sensor networks comes an increased need for efficient compression techniques for systems with many information sources and receivers. Compression techniques developed for network systems can, for example, take advantage of the redundancy between separately generated sources. The results are savings in resources like time, bandwidth, and power.
Quake's work involves biophysics and microfluidic devices. He uses biological molecules as model systems for studying physics. For example, he manipulates molecules of DNA with optical tweezers in order to develop precision methods of measuring small forces. His work in microfluidics has led to the development of lab on a chip devices that will enable advances in biology and medicine.
"Whether for business growth and opportunity, or strides in the fields of health and medicine, innovation continues to be a key cornerstone in identifying the developments of tomorrow," said Robert Buderi, editor of Technology Review. "As a publication that brings emerging technologies to the forefront of technology discussion, we're pleased to announce this year's TR100. We're confident their work in transforming technology will have great impact on businesses and societies of today and tomorrow."
Judges for the TR100 nomination and selection process include
· Dr. David Baltimore, President, California Institute of Technology · Alfred Berkeley III, Vice Chairman, NASDAQ · Richard Demillo, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett-Packard · Dr. Philippe Janson, Vice President, IBM Academy of Technology · Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe, Venture Partner, Polaris Venture Partners · Dr. Cherry A. Murray, Senior Vice President of Physical Sciences Research, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies · Nicholas Negroponte, Director, MIT Media Laboratory · Dr. Judith Rodin, President, University of Pennsylvania
The TR100 will be publicly honored on May 23 during an all-day conference and symposium at MIT.
The complete TR100 list appears in the June 2002 issue of Technology Review, available online at http://www.technologyreview.com and on newsstands May 28, 2002.
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