Brown University School of Engineering

News from August, 2014

Controlling a NASA robot on the web

It shouldn’t be rocket science:

Computer scientists from Brown University and the University of Texas–Austin visited NASA’s Johnson Space Center for a week-long hackathon to provide computers and tablets with a simple web interface that can operate complex systems for the remote control of robots.


NSF funds research on bio-informed ‘smart lights’

Shut Eye:

A new collaboration between sleep researchers and engineers at Brown University, funded by the National Science Foundation, may be the first step toward “smart lighting” that tunes the interior environment — the wavelength, intensity, direction, and other factors of artificial light — to accommodate human biological rhythms of sleep and wakefulness.


SOE Ice Bucket Challenge

More than 40 School of Engineering faculty, staff, students, and friends participated in the ice bucket challenge. Proceeds benefited both the Speak Your Mind Foundation, which assists ALS patients, and Brown Gives Green charities.


Service Award

Tina Trahan Receives Dean's Service Award

Tina Trahan Receives Dean's Service Award:

Tina Trahan, financial coordinator in the School of Engineering, has received the 2013-14 Dean’s Service Award. The award, established during the 2012-13 academic year, was created to recognize a non-managing employee who has made a specific contribution or provided outstanding service in the School of Engineering. 


Microchip reveals how tumor cells transition to invasion

A cellular obstacle course:
A microscopic obstacle course of carefully spaced pillars enables researchers to observe cancer cells directly as they break away from a tumor mass and move more rapidly across the microchip. The device could be useful for testing cancer drugs and further research on the mechanics of metastasis.


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