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Trend Newsletter: Autumn 2011 Honors and Awards

Five Faculty Members Elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

Among 24 new members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievement, five have ties to the College of Engineering. Hank Levy, chairman and Wissner-Slivka Chair of CSE; Lee Huntsman, BioE professor and UW president emeritus; Alex K-Y Jen, chairman and Boeing/Johnson Chair of MSE; Shaoyi Jiang, Boeing-Roundhill Professor of ChemE; and Mary Lidstrom, UW vice provost for research, Frank Jungers Chair of Engineering and professor of ChemE.

Materials Scientist John W. Cahn to Receive 27th Annual Kyoto Prize for Lifetime Achievement in “Advanced Technology”

John W. Cahn, a UW affiliate professor of materials science and engineering, will receive the Kyoto Prize. The award recognizes Dr. Cahn’s outstanding contributions to alloy materials engineering through his theory of spinodal decomposition. The theory has found universal application in creating alloy materials with unique properties such as extreme strength or heat resistance.

Alex Jen and Buddy Ratner Elected Fellows of the American Chemical Society

Alex Jen, the Boeing/Johnson Chair of MSE, and Buddy Ratner, the Michael L. and Myrna Darland Endowed Chair in Technology Commercialization and professor of BioE, have been elected 2011 Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Fellows program recognizes members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the society.

Shwetak Patel Named Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow

Microsoft Research annually honors a small number of the world’s most innovative young faculty members as Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows. Shwetak Patel, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering and electrical engineering, was named a 2011 Fellow. His research focuses on the development of easy-to-deploy sensing technologies and approaches for activity recognition and energy monitoring applications.

David Allstot Receives the 2011 Mac Van Valkenburg Award

The IEEE Circuits and Systems Society recognized electrical engineering professor David Allstot with the 2011 Mac Van Valkenburg Award for his “contributions to mixed-signal and RF integrated systems.” This is the top award of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and is based on the quality and significance of contribution as well as continuity of technical leadership.

Human Centered Design & Engineering and Corporate Affiliate Team Shine in National Software Competition

Priority Contact™ was awarded honorable mention in the national SMART Health App Challenge intended to foster new health information applications built on a common platform of electronic patient records. Priority Contact,™ developed in HCDE, reduces non-productive physician time by managing contact with patients about their test results.

Nominate an Exceptional Engineer for a Diamond Award

The Diamond Awards honor outstanding alumni and friends who have made significant contributions to the field of engineering. If you know an engineer who deserves recognition, we want to hear from you!

Nominate an engineer to join the distinguished ranks of Diamond Award honorees. Deadline for nominations is Friday, October 14.

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