Pratt People

Assistant Professor Silvia Ferrari of MEMS won a prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. Silvia is just one of 26 outstanding young researchers across the nation to receive the award this year. Her $274,000, three-year grant will support research on sensor networks for surveillance systems tracking multiple targets.

MEMS Professor Adrian Bejan and Sylvie Lorente of the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse, France, have described the latest developments of a new principle of thermodynamics called Constructal Law in the July issue of the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. Bejan is the primary developer of Constructal Law. Their Constructal Law research was featured in the Italian chemical industry magazine ICP, and the Romanian magazine Descopera.

Chris Dwyer, one of ECE's newest assistant professors, was featured in an article titled "Tools Design DNA-nanotube Logic" in Technology Research News. [Read the article]

Gregg Trahey, the James L. and Elizabeth M. Vincent Professor of Biomedical Engineering and assistant professor of radiology, will serve as a member of the Biomedical Imaging Technology Study Center for the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health. Trahey's term began this month, and will continue until June 2008. He was chosen because of his competence and achievements as evidenced by his research accomplishments and publications. Trahey's research interests include medical ultrasound, breast imaging, adaptive imaging, medical imaging, flow imaging and radiation force.

Pratt's Master of Engineering Management program took center stage in a feature article in the July Mechanical Engineering magazine. MEM executive director Brad Fox was interviewed for the story.

The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) Board of Directors selected professor Jeff Glass’ paper "Managing the Ties Between Central R&D and Business Units," as the winner of the 2004 IRI Maurice Holland Award. The award is given to the best paper published in the research-technology management journal in 2003 that is pertinent to the field of research management, significant in the contribution to the field of research management, original in new management concepts of the research on which the paper is based, and clear in presentation. The award will be presented at the IRI 2004 Fall Meeting in October in Charlotte. IRI is the foremost business association of leaders in research and development.

Dean Kristina M. Johnson gave a keynote presentation June 23 at the American Society for Engineering Education annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. She discussed the changes we’ve seen over the past 20 years as a result of government policy such as authorization of the Bayh/Dole Act, the creation of National Science Foundation Engineering Centers, a recognition of the decrease of the number of students entering engineering, and the need to continue to foster inclusion in our profession.

Associate Dean Rob Clark has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 10th annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium. This program brings together some of the best young engineering talent in the country and includes discussions on some of the hottest topics in the field. Clark will join 85 other engineers between the ages of 30 and 45 who are performing cutting-edge engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines. The symposium will be held Sept. 9-11 at the National Academies' Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif., and will explore topics in multiscale modeling, designer materials, engineering for extreme environments, and engineering and
entertainment.

Sandra P. Connolly joined Pratt as the associate dean of finance and operations, effective Aug. 9. Connolly holds a M.S. in Management from N.C. State, a B.A. in Business Administration from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and is a certified public accountant. She will manage and coordinate finance, information technology, budget development, facilities planning, space utilization, grant administration and intellectual property.

NIBIB eAdvances, the electronic newsletter of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, reported in its Aug. 2 edition on the research of Professor Lori Setton in tissue-engineered scaffolding and how it may help the body repair weakened knees and joints. Her work was cited in an article by Knight-Ridder newspapers. The story was published Aug. 25 in the Kansas City Star, among other newspapers.

CEE Professor Henry Petroski was quoted by the News & Observer of Raleigh Aug. 12 in discussing the case of a Pakistani caught videotaping skyscrapers in Charlotte. "You can get a sense of the blueprint by looking at a facade,'' Petroski said. "You get a great insight into the structure for someone who knows what to look for."

Alumnus William "BJ" Lawson was featured in a Aug. 23 Herald Sun article featuring his work co-founding MercuryMD. His company creates personal digital assistants, the handheld computer devices such as the Palm Pilot that are becoming commonplace in hospitals, helping doctors access patient clinical reports and spend more time with patients.

Patrick Wolf and his graduate student Kityee Au-Yeung were featured in a BBC News article on Aug. 11. The Pratt team is developing a device that when implanted in the chest may help doctors treat heart rhythm problems without actually seeing the patient in person. [Read the article]