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Serving community, students inspired by knowing 'work is real'

Princeton students are putting engineering into action as they help local homeowners maximize energy conservation, assist with the restoration of a factory in Trenton and educate members of the community about engineering.

Engineering expo entrances high school girls in New York

One hundred New York City high school girls screamed in unison as they watched a tower built out of spaghetti collapse into a heap. Gathered in New York University's Kimmel Center on May 5, the students -- a mix of ninth and tenth graders from public and private schools -- were participating in a towerbuilding competition as part of a day-long expo designed to introduce them to engineering.

A freshman with his own company? Make that two...

Sophomore engineering student Seth Priebatsch has a new way to spell success: SCVNGR. His latest entrepreneurial venture, SCVNGR garnered Priebatsch a first-place finish in this year's TigerLaunch Business Plan Competition for students. His winning idea is to create 21st-century scavenger hunts by sending clues to players and keeping tabs on their whereabouts using mobile phone text messaging systems. Judges at the University weren't the only ones impressed with the idea, which Priebatsch deve

From ice cream to vaccines, course teaches 'learning'

When students get their hands on Peter Frazier's research, they use it for everything from planning a more profitable ice cream business to designing space ships. But Frazier likes explain his work this way: Suppose you have just moved to Manhattan and are trying to figure out the fastest way to get from your new apartment to your new job. You search the Internet and find a number of different routes. Which path is best? Is it better to ride your bike or take a bus? How likely is it that you

Engineers without Borders changes lives -- here and abroad

Princeton University students traveled to Huamanzana, Peru, this summer to install wood-burning stoves in 35 homes. The stoves, developed by the students, will replace open-pit cooking fires, which fill the homes with smoke and cause respiratory illnesses.

Alternative curriculum integrates and enlivens freshman requirements

An experimental series of courses that integrates math, physics and hands-on engineering into a unified alternative freshman track has now become an established part of the curriculum. Freshman year is a critical time for engineers -- they gain the fundamental mathematical and physical foundations for their later studies, while making crucial decisions about the field in which they would like to concentrate. Yet the conventional freshman curriculum gives engineers only a glimpse of the exciting

Leonard delivers plenary lecture on robotics and automation

Naomi Ehrich Leonard, the Edwin S. Wilsey Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, delivered a plenary lecture at the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation held in Pasadena, California.

Poor and Pun awarded Best Paper at IEEE communications conference

H. Vincent Poor, dean of engineering and the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Simon Pun, postdoctoral research associate, received the Best Paper Award at the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Communications.

Student-made robot navigates its own way to the winner's circle

The Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE) team won "rookie of the year," third place overall out of 47 teams and first place in the design challenge portion of the 16th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, held May 30 to June 2 at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

Debenedetti wins two top teaching awards

Pablo Debenedetti, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, has won the top teaching awards for both the Engineering School and the overall University.

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