Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2003-03-03 08:00
In an advance that holds promise for integrating previously disparate functions on a chip, applied physicists at the California Institute of Technology have created a disk smaller than the diameter of a human hair that can store light energy at extremely high efficiency.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2003-01-27 08:00
Watson lecture about fuel cells
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2002-11-26 08:00
ME 72 machine design competition.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 2002-07-19 07:00
PASADENA, Calif. — The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has announced that Theodore Yaotsu Wu, professor, emeritus, of engineering science at the California Institute of Technology, was elected as a Foreign Member of the Academy.
Wu, 78, who earned degrees from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China, Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in aeronautics from Caltech in 1952, is being recognized for his work in fluid mechanics and for his international academic interaction and collaboration, especially with CAS.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2002-06-29 07:00
Erik Winfree, a computer expert who hopes someday to use DNA molecules to perform computations, has been named a 2002 winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The honor, announced June 27 by the White House, is made each year to young American scientists and engineers whose innovative work is expected to lead to future breakthroughs.
Winfree, 32, is an assistant professor of computer science and computation and neural systems at the California Institute of Technology. A Caltech graduate, he has been a member of the faculty since 1999.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2002-02-21 08:00
Wilfred Iwan, a professor of applied mechanics at the California Institute of Technology, has been named the 2002 recipient of the Alquist Medal by the California Earthquake Safety Foundation.
Iwan, who is also director of Caltech's Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory, was chosen for the award in honor of "his lifetime of service to the profession of structural engineering and its application to the safety of the people of California and the world," the foundation announced.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2001-12-01 08:00
Caltech mechanical engineering students are putting in quality tool time these days to prepare for the annual ME 72 engineering design contest, a celebrated campus event in which teams of robot rovers are pitted against each other in a test of engineering design acumen, strategy, teamwork, and sheer driving skill.
This year's contest, the 17th in the annual series, will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 6, in Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2001-11-29 08:00
Machinist John Van Deusen looks on approvingly as two Caltech undergraduates prepare to see how well their new robot climbs a curved wall.
The robot performs its task admirably—not necessarily a foregone conclusion in the Caltech machine shop, where dysfunctional robots have been known to come into creation. Van Deusen, ever the diplomat, passes by without commenting one way or the other.
"In ME 72 we bite our tongues a lot," Van Deusen says later. The robot the two undergrads have built is pretty much a set of felt-lined caterpillar treads linked by a single aluminum bar.
Submitted by debwms on Wed, 2001-05-02 07:00
California Institute of Technology researchers have received a $100,000 grant from the Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust to study the human impact on land and water in the San Gabriel Valley and San Gabriel River watershed. Ecosystems bordering major metropolitan areas are subject to intense pressures from pollutants produced by transportation, industrial activities, power generation, and recreational activities. This project will measure and document these environmental changes in order to predict future impacts.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2001-04-19 07:00
Gasoline averaging $3 per gallon? Oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife reserve? A need to relax air quality standards? It seems the long-term future of fossil fuels is bleak. One promising solution scientists have been studying is fuel cells, but they've had limitations too. Now, in the April 19 issue of the science journal Nature, the California Institute of Technology's Sossina M. Haile reports on a new type of fuel cell that may resolve these problems.