Science by the Seat of the Pants

Sliding down a sand dune on your derriere might at first take seem a bit undignified for a professor from the California Institute of Technology. But for mechanical engineering professor Melany Hunt, it's all in the name of science.

Jennings Named Caltech Provost

Paul Jennings, professor emeritus in civil engineering and applied mechanics at the California Institute of Technology, has been named provost of the Institute. He takes the post on August 1.

Inaugural Wouk Lecture on Advanced Technology for Space Exploration

Erik Antonsson, the chief technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor of mechanical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, will give the inaugural Victor Wouk Lecture at 4 p.m. May 19 in Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall, 101 Guggenheim Laboratory of Aeronautics and Applied Science on the Caltech campus. Antonsson will discuss "Advanced Technology for Space Exploration" and will provide an overview of the JPL Strategic Technology Plan, along with highlights of recent successes and future missions. A wine and cheese reception will follow. The program is free and open to the public.

White House Names Three from Caltech Faculty as Presidential Early Career Award Winners

Three members of the faculty at the California Institute of Technology have been named among the most recent winners of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The honor was announced today by the White House.

Researchers demonstrate existenceof earthquake supershear phenomenon

As if folks living in earthquake country didn't already have enough to worry about, scientists have now identified another rupture phenomenon that can occur during certain types of large earthquakes. The only question now is whether the phenomenon is good, bad, or neutral in terms of human impact.

(Nearly) Autonomous Bob (Almost) Ready to Race

PASADENA, Calif. -- It's do-or-die time for Bob. Next week marks the final test for the Chevrolet truck with the human nickname, the California Institute of Technology's entry in the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous ground vehicle race scheduled for March 13.

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is offering a $1 million prize to a team whose vehicle can complete an off-road course of more than 200 miles that will start somewhere near Barstow, CA, and end somewhere near Las Vegas (the exact course won't be revealed until race day).

Caltech Engineers Design a Revolutionary Radar Chip

PASADENA, Calif. -- Imagine driving down a twisty mountain road on a dark foggy night. Visibility is near-zero, yet you still can see clearly. Not through your windshield, but via an image on a screen in front of you.

Such a built-in radar system in our cars has long been in the domain of science fiction, as well as wishful thinking on the part of commuters. But such gadgets could become available in the very near future, thanks to the High Speed Integrated Circuits group at the California Institute of Technology.

Caltech engineers announce new, more promising type of electrolyte for fuel cells

The quest for a cheap and robust fuel cell for future cars may be a bit closer this week to the "grail" moment. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have announced that they're getting promising results with a new material that solves various limitations of previously tested fuel cells.

The Future of Really Big Computers

Tom Sterling's Watson Lecture

National Medal of Technology awardedby President Bush to Caltech's Carver Mead

Carver Mead, a renowned inventor and longtime faculty member of the California Institute of Technology, has been named by President George W. Bush as a recipient of the National Medal of Technology. The announcement was made by the White House today.

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