Note from the Chair
Welcome to the first issue of ENGenious, our semi-annual publication for EAS alumni and friends.
I've had the privilege of serving as the Division Chair for Engineering and Applied Science since June 2000 and in that time I've developed a renewed appreciation of the unique nature of Caltech as a research and educational institution. Caltech is truly a national treasure and an incredibly exciting place to be a part of.
The Division has a strong history of fundamental research advances and exceptional alumni that have given it a level of visibility and impact far out of proportion to its size. The environment for education and research at Caltech is extraordinary, and the traditions of multi-disciplinary, basic research—aimed at changing the world around us—remain alive and well. Coupled with the enormous economic and intellectual impact of technology, the coming years promise to be an exciting time for the Division.
In this issue of ENGenious we have assembled a variety of articles on current events and research activities, along with campus news and Progress Reports from faculty members. We'd like your input on the publication—let us know what you find exciting, what you would like us to cover more in depth, and what additional features you would like us to include in future issues.
I look forward to keeping in touch.
Richard M. Murray
Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science
CONTENTS OF ISSUE NO.1, 2001
First Note from the Chair
Welcome to the First Issue of the Divisions
by Richard M. Murray, Division Chair
Interconnect: A Fundamental Constraint
by Professor André DeHon
Fuel Cells: Powering Progress in the 21st Century
by Professor Sossina Haile
The Division gains new faculty members, Babak Hassibi, Oskar Painter, and Rob Phillips
Invention and Outreach: The Center for the Science and Engineering of Materials
Caltech Establishes IQI: Institute for Quantum Information
'Round About the Institute: The Red Door, Fall Gathering, Undergraduates are Publishing, and Coming Soon: The Broad Center
Voting Technology Project
Can We Build a Better Voting System?
A Joint Endeavor Between Caltech and MIT
Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program
Art Center College of Design joins Caltech in "Partnership for Innovation"
7th Annual Industry Day
Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering and Lee Center for Advanced Networking Present Their Research
Computer Science Turns 25:
A Child Prodigy is Growing Up
Computation and Neural Systems:
A Birthday Bash to Celebrate the First 15
Ann Dowling Makes a Caltech-Cambridge Connection
A Force of One G:
George Housner Turns 90
Termite Gut Microbes: An Environmental Force to Be Reckoned With
Applied and Computational Mathematics: Executive Officer Professor Thomas Yizhao Hou