Friday, October 4, 2013

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Orientation

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Athenaeum

The 29th Annual INTERNATIONAL VON KÁRMÁN WINGS AWARD

Made-to-Order Materials

Caltech engineers have mimicked lightweight yet strong biological materials by creating nanostructured, hollow ceramic scaffolds, and have found that their small building blocks, or unit cells, display remarkable strength and resistance to failure despite being more than 85 percent air.

Meet DALE: Solar Decathlon 2013 Construction is Under Way

Caltech students and recent graduates take classroom knowledge to the construction site.

Yeh and Schwab Named Kavli Nanoscience Institute Codirectors

Caltech professors Nai-Chang Yeh and Keith Schwab have been named codirectors of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI), a center supporting multidisciplinary nanoscience research on campus and beyond. Yeh and Schwab have both served as KNI board members and are the first to hold the title Fletcher Jones Foundation Codirector of the KNI; the position was recently endowed by a gift from The Fletcher Jones Foundation.

Arnold Appointed New Director of Rosen Bioengineering Center

The Rosen Center supports bioengineering research through the funding of fellows and faculty from many disciplines, including applied physics, chemical engineering, synthetic biology, and computer science.

Caltech Team Produces Squeezed Light Using a Silicon Micromechanical System

One of the many counterintuitive and bizarre insights of quantum mechanics is that even in a vacuum—what many of us think of as an empty void—all is not completely still. Low levels of noise, known as quantum fluctuations, are always present. Always, that is, unless you can pull off a quantum trick. And that's just what a team led by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has done.

India Establishes Caltech Aerospace Fellowship

The Indian Department of Space / Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has established a fellowship at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the name of Satish Dhawan (1920–2002), a Caltech alumnus (Eng '49, PhD '51) and a pioneer of India's space program.

Figuring Out Flow Dynamics

Since 2006, Beverley McKeon, professor of aeronautics and associate director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and collaborator Ati Sharma, a senior lecturer in aerodynamics and flight mechanics at the University of Southampton in the U.K., have been working together to build models of turbulent flow. Recently, they developed a new and improved way of looking at the composition of turbulence near walls, the type of flow that dominates our everyday life. Their research could lead to significant fuel savings, as a large amount of energy is consumed by ships and planes, for example, to counteract turbulence-induced drag.

Pushing Microscopy Beyond Standard Limits

Engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have devised a method to convert a relatively inexpensive conventional microscope into a billion-pixel imaging system that significantly outperforms the best available standard microscope. Such a system could greatly improve the efficiency of digital pathology.

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