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East Asian studies aid research on pollution and rainfall in China

Raleigh Martin made sure nothing was lost in translation when he used his expertise in Chinese language and culture to further his technical research on air pollution and precipitation in Beijing.

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

Faculty Awards

Faculty award briefs for EQuad News Summer 2008

Junior faculty members honored for outstanding research and teaching

Young faculty members working in financial engineering, cryptography and machine learning won the three annual junior faculty awards given by the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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.

Engineering Education and the Liberal Arts

As I was reading a bold new report from the Millennium Project on the future of engineering, I was struck in particular by one of the report's far-reaching recommendations: that the academic discipline of engineering should be included in the liberal arts canon for all students in the 21st century.

New eyes on a career: Optics course exposed all students to research

The students in Claire Gmachl's introductory course on optics design sophisticated technology, including optical wireless instant messaging systems, but they're learning much more than engineering.

The Princeton synthesis: Art meets engineering in flagship courses

In a recent class of "Structures and the Urban Environment," Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering David Billington used the tale of one bridge to weave together information about the history of Switzerland, the legend of William Tell, the economic importance of a pass between Southern Germany and Milan, and the engineering principles behind it all.

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.

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

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