Brown University School of Engineering

News from March, 2013

Professor Wins Young Investigator Grant

Shreyas Mandre wins HFSP grant

Shreyas Mandre:

Shreyas Mandre, assistant professor of engineering, is part of an international research team awarded a Young Investigator Grant by the Human Frontier Science Program. The team will receive $350,000 in each of three years to study the mechanics of the human foot. 


Could lubricin stop OA in damaged joints?

Gregory Jay:
Researchers from Brown and Rhode Island Hospital have shown that joint fluid lacking in a protein called lubricin fails to adequately lubricate joints. That lack of lubrication leads to increased friction in the joint and eventually to the death of cartilage cells. The work also shows that lubricin protects cartilage and could serve as a means to reduce the risk or even prevent osteoarthritis.

Engineer Now a Missionary Doctor

Man on a Mission

Tom Catena '86:

The bombs didn’t stop, not even on Christmas night, when they fell less than two miles away. At Mother of Mercy Hospital in the village of Gidel in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, Christian missionary Tom Catena ’86 kept working. As the only medical doctor at the only hospital in the entire region, he had little choice.

Wei Yang Ph.D.’85

Wei Yang to lead China’s National Natural Sciences Foundation

Reaching Out:

Wei Yang Ph.D.’85 Sc.D.’12 hon., an internationally celebrated engineer and materials science researcher, educator, and administrator, has been named president of China’s National Natural Sciences Foundation, the nation’s top science agency. He takes the helm of an organization that last year allocated $2.8 billion to fund scientific activity. In a recent interview with Science magazine, Yang said he hopes to increase the agency’s funding substantially.


New technique could improve optical devices

The orientation of light emission:

Understanding the source and orientation of light in light-emitting thin films — now possible with energy-momentum spectroscopy — could lead to better LEDs, solar cells, and other devices that use layered nanomaterials.

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