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Solving the 'Curses of Dimensionality'

John Wiley & Sons recently published Approximate Dynamic Programming: Solving the Curses of Dimensionality by Warren Powell, professor of operations research and financial engineering.

Smits named chair of APS division

Alexander Smits, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was named the chair of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society at the society's annual meeting in November. The appointment is for a one-year term.

Engineering professors participate in Nobel Prize-winning panel

Princeton Engineering professors Michael Celia *83 and Robert Socolow were involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 12.

Graduate students awarded competitive fellowships

Fifteen graduate students were recognized at a dinner Oct. 4 as the first recipients of the newly established Gordon Wu Prizes for Excellence. Made possible by the generous support of Sir Gordon Y.S. Wu, who earned his B.S.E. from Princeton Engineering in 1958, the awards support the final year of study for graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and research during their time at Princeton.

Dean's Message - Engineering Security

The theme of this issue of EQuad News is engineering and security -- but new tools and technology, such as those for securing the Internet and for bringing stability to financial markets, are only part of the story. Like all major problems facing society, the subject of security has many dimensions. The work described here exemplifies how engineering connects to other disciplines and how these combined efforts yield dramatic benefits for both society and students.

Socolow member of panel that identifies greatest technological challenges of the future

A new report should spur public debate about how science and technology can best sustain the earth while furthering the goals of humanity, according to Robert Socolow, one of 18 maverick thinkers convened by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to map the greatest technological challenges of this century.

Verdu honored for contributions to information theory

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Board of Directors has honored Sergio Verdu with the 2008 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal "for fundamental contributions to information theory and the development of multiuser detection."

Dixon '69 leads campaign to invest in engineering

From a boyhood captivated by the potential of space travel to a career as a venture capitalist who shepherds new technologies to the marketplace, Don Dixon understands the power of engineering to change the world.

Kornhauser wins ASCE award, joins NJ Commission on Science and Technology

Operations research and financial engineering professor Alain Kornhauser has been recognized for his contributions to transportation engineering at the state and national levels.

Massey to discuss the Black Scientific Renaissance at Bell Labs

"The Legacy of the Black Scientific Renaissance at Bell Laboratories in the '70s, '80s and '90s," will be the subject of a talk Wednesday, Feb. 13, by William Massey, the Edwin S. Wilsey Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering. The talk will begin at 5 p.m. in the Friend Center Convocation Room.

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