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ROBERT KARLICEK JR. has been named
director of the $18.5 million multi-university Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC). Karlicek is the president and founder of SolidUV Inc., which develops highpower ultraviolet LED systems. From 2005 to 2008, he served as chief scientist and vice president for research at Luminus Devices. Prior to these ventures, Karlicek worked for more than 25 years in research, development, and manufacturing of opto-electronic devices with industry leaders including AT&T Bell Labs, EMCORE, General Electric, Gore Photonics, and Microsemi.
Das will use the five-year, $500,000 award to further his research into the dynamics of collective intelligence on the Web. The CAREER award is given to faculty members at the beginning of their academic careers and is one of the NSF’s most competitive awards. Das joined Rensselaer in 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard University and doctorate in computer science from MIT.
professor of biomedical engineering, has been named head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Vashishth is among the tissue engineering and regenerative medicine core faculty of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. His interdisciplinary research focus, propelled by more than $3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, includes biology and hard tissue mechanics, cellular control of tissue growth and development, mechanobiology of skeletal tissue regeneration, and fatigue fractures of long bones. Vashishth received his bachelor’s degree from the Malviya National Institute of Technology, his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at West Virginia University, and his doctorate in biomedical materials from the University of London. He joined Rensselaer’s School of Engineering in 1999.
SANMAY DAS, assistant professor of computer science, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation.
the Ann and John H. Broadbent Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Professor of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering, has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Linhardt is one of 531 newly selected fellows recognized for their efforts to advance science or its applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished, according to AAAS. In the announcement, AAAS cites Linhardt for “distinguished contributions to pharmaceutical chemistry, particularly for research on the structure, activity, and synthesis of the anticoagulant drug heparin and related polysaccharides.”
NIKHIL KORATKAR, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, has won the 2009 SES Young Investigator Award from the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Division of Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures. The annual award is reserved for “one outstanding young researcher” and aims to “encourage especially promising researchers to remain active in the field [of nanotechnology].” As part of the award, Koratkar will deliver a special presentation in April at the ECS annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
professor of computer science, has won a Humboldt Research Award. The award, which is given by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, recognizes Trinkle’s lifetime research achievements and helps support his future work. He has been recognized for his fundamental discoveries in the field of robotic algorithms and movement. The Humboldt Research Award recognizes researchers from around the world and fosters increased research collaboration with German research institutions.
his work in acoustics, vibrations, noise control, and sensors. He holds 17 patents, most of which are in the area of noise control and vibrations.
KURT ANDERSON, professor of
senior constellation professor of the Tetherless World Research Constellation and assistant dean for information technology, and JEFFREY TRINKLE, professor of computer science, have been selected as fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Fellowship is reserved for senior members of the IEEE who demonstrate extraordinary accomplishments in security, healthcare, space, smart grid/energy, or sustainable energy. IEEE cited Hendler “for contributions to artificial intelligence, and development of the Semantic Web.” Trinkle was cited “for contributions to analysis of robotic grasping and dexterous manipulation.”
HENRY SCARTON, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering and director of the Laboratory for Noise and Vibration Control Research, has been named a life fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The ASME recognized Scarton for his “significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.” Scarton, who joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1971, is best known for
mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, has been appointed associate dean for undergraduate studies in the School of Engineering, and LINDA SCHADLER, professor in materials science and engineering, has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs. Anderson’s research interests are in all aspects of computational multibody dynamics, with particular attention given to development of advanced algorithms. Schadler’s research has focused on the micromechanical behavior of two-phase systems, primarily polymer composites.
KENNETH WARRINER, professor of architecture, died on Nov. 4, 2009. Warriner taught architectural design and theory for more than 40 years. He was also an accomplished architectural scholar, focusing on urban design and theory. He was published on topics ranging from human subjectivities and their consequences for design to the influence of built environments on human social dynamics. He received a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Florida in 1953. Warriner attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s City Planning Program in 1955 and the Architectural Association’s History, Theory, Criticism Program in London in 1988-89. He practiced architecture in Florida and New Orleans until 1963. Before joining Rensselaer’s architecture faculty in 1968, he was for five years a project architect with Stonorov and Haws of Philadelphia, an internationally renowned architecture practice. The Rensselaer Board of Trustees presented Warriner with the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004.
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Making a Difference
A Decade of Transformation
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