Ted Hall '70 elected member of Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc. board of directors

Peet's Coffee & Tea, a California-based specialty tea and coffee retailer, announced in October that Ted Hall has joined its board of directors.

John Ochsendorf *98 awarded 2008 MacArthur 'Genius' prize

John Ochsendorf, a structural engineer and architectural historian, was named as a 2008 MacArthur Fellow, a prestigious prize often referred to as a "Genius Award."

Kevin J. Toner '74 named partner at Patton Boggs

Kevin Toner has joined Patton Boggs LLP, one of the nation's leading public policy law firms, as a partner and litigator in the firm's New York office.

President-elect Obama to appoint Lisa Perez Jackson *86 to head EPA

President-elect Barack Obama will appoint Lisa Perez Jackson, a Princeton Engineering alumna and the former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to press reports. Presidential transition team officials anonymously disclosed Obama's picks for his environmental and natural resources team on Wednesday, Dec. 11, naming Jackson and two others for key positions.

Jeff Bezos '86 named one of America's Best Leaders for 2008

Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of, joined cyclist Lance Armstrong, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and filmmaker Steven Spielberg on the 2008 list of America's Best Leaders.

From 'Eureka!' to marketplace: Experts offers advice

Princeton researchers devote years of meticulous work to producing scientific and engineering discoveries, but those eureka moments are just the beginning for technologies destined for the marketplace. To help University researchers and entrepreneurs navigate the process of turning discoveries into products, the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education hosted a panel discussion on Nov. 19 titled Commercialization of University Technology: Perspectives of Princeton Participants.

Faculty, grad students recognized for outstanding teaching

Princeton Engineering and Dean H. Vincent Poor are proud to recognize the following professors and graduate students for their outstanding teaching during the Spring 2008 semester.

Billington receives Distinguished Award of Merit for engineering achievements

David Billington, a Princeton professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received the 2008 Distinguished Award of Merit from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Board approves three new engineering professors

The Princeton Board of Trustees has named three new professors to the School of Engineering and Applied Science: Howard A. Stone, Sigrid Adriaenssens and Branko Glisic.

Supercomputer draws David Keyes '78 to new Saudi Arabian university

David Keyes has joined the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia as division chair of mathematical and computer sciences and engineering. Keyes was formerly professor of applied physics and math at Columbia University.