Brown University School of Engineering

News from May, 2013

Clifton Honored

Clifton to Receive Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award

Professor Rod Clifton:

Rod Clifton, Rush C. Hawkins University Professor Emeritus and Professor (Research) at the School of Engineering at Brown University, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award. The award is given annually to an educator in engineering or science who has made “notable contributions to the motivations and encouragement of research through education.” Its purpose is to “recognize significant contributions to scientific research by an educator in engineering or science.”

Joslin Award winner

Engineering student Gladys A. Ndagire ’13 one of 12 recipients of Joslin Award

Gladys Ndagire ’13:

Gladys A. Ndagire ’13, an engineering and anthropology concentrator, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the prestigious Alfred H. Joslin Award. The other recipients of the award include seniors Benjamin Marcus, Rahel Dette, Sarah Forman, Emily Gonzalez, Lindsay Nickel, Andrew Kim, Gopika Krishna, Alexandra Linn, Evan Schwartz, Ryan McDuff, and Rebecca Rast. The Joslin Awards recognize a small group of seniors who have contributed in a very significant way to the quality of student life at Brown.

Communal detangling

A tangle of talents untangles neurons

The secrets of Schwann-like substrates:

Brown’s growing programs in brain science and engineering come together in the lab of Diane Hoffman-Kim. In a recent paper, her group employed techniques ranging from semiconductor-style circuit patterning to rat cell culture to optimize the growth of nerve cells for applications such as reconstructive surgery.

BBS Wind Turbine Raised

Brown Building Society Wind Turbine Raised

After two years of work and two days of onsite preparation, the Brown Building Society (BBS) raised and tested its wind turbine for the first time in Seekonk, Mass., on Saturday, May 5. Once raised, the turbine began turning in the light breeze, marking the successful conclusion of the first test.

Edible Car Competition

SOE to Hold Third Extreme Edible Car Competition

The Kentucky Derby is known as the “fastest two minutes in sports”, but on Derby weekend several Brown University engineering students will be racing cars instead of horses in the Extreme Edible Car Contest, sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The idea for the contest came from Kentucky native and engineering alumna Julie Sygiel ’09, who organized the first two contests in 2008 and 2009. The race has returned this year and will be contested on Manning Walkway on Friday, May 3.

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