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Crossing disciplines, student tracks winged enemy of public health

Rachel Sealfon spent her senior year as a detective hot on the trail of a major public enemy -- Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest malaria-causing parasite.

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

Princeton launches Program in Sustainable Energy to address global need.

With the energy crisis becoming ever more urgent, Princeton has established a new Program in Sustainable Energy to provide students with the quantitative skills and interdisciplinary perspective needed to develop innovative energy systems for the future.

At research crossroads, students explore beginning of life

Students in the laboratory of Stas Shvartsman *99 study the early development of embryos, learning how basic genetic instructions govern an organism's growth and determine what it becomes. The experience also shapes their own growth as they follow Shvartsman's lead in combining engineering, physics, math, biology and computer science to break new scientific ground. "They are interested in, and willing to try, anything," Shvartsman said. "They are like stem cells-capable of becoming so many

Business of life: High-tech entrepreneurship is about more than the next-big-thing

Ed Zschau wants people to know the truth: "High-Tech Entrepreneurship," the immensely popular upperlevel engineering course he teaches, isn't really about engineering. It's about life.

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