Innovation for developing-world web access named a top emerging technology

A method invented at Princeton for dramatically improving web access in developing nations has been named one of "10 emerging technologies" for 2009 by Technology Review magazine.

Princeton researchers discover new type of laser

A Princeton-led team of researchers has discovered an entirely new mechanism for making common electronic materials emit laser beams. The finding could lead to lasers that operate more efficiently and at higher temperatures than existing devices, and find applications in environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics.

Students plan green makeover for old Trenton building

A group of Princeton engineering students is reimagining a 19th-century textile factory as a modern, energy-efficient headquarters for a Trenton nonprofit. Their goal: Save money; save the planet.

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.

Clay Williams '85 to serve on board of directors of Benchmark Electronics

Clay Williams was named in mid-October to the board of directors of Benchmark Electronics, Inc., a Texas-based company that provides high technology electronics and services to manufacturers of telecommunication equipment, computers, medical devices and other related products.

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.