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Beyond start-ups: harnessing entrepreneurship for wide-ranging endeavors

Entrepreneurial thinking is not just for start-up companies and can be applied to all situations, business school professor Julian Lange told a Princeton audience Oct. 4 as he kicked off a five-workshop series on "Harnessing the Power of Entrepreneurship."

Withstanding Disasters: One bridge doesn't fit all

In the following essay, reprinted from The New York Times, David Billington '50 explores the important role that good design plays in the lifetime and safety of bridges. Billington is Princeton's Gordon Y. S. Wu Professor of Engineering and directs the Program in Architecture and Engineering.

Fan recognized for accomplishments in applied math, statistics

Jianqing Fan, professor of operations research and financial engineering, received the Morningside Gold Medal of Applied Mathematics at the Fourth International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians. The medals are presented every three years to outstanding mathematicians of Chinese descent under age 45.

New faculty of fall 2007

New faculty for the Fall of 2007.

Campaign kick-off

Princeton University launched a five-year, $1.75 billion fundraising campaign Nov. 9, including a goal of $325 million to support initiatives under the category of Engineering and a Sustainable Society. Among the day-long series of kick-off events, two panels of experts led vigorous discussions of major societal issues related to engineering: What is the future of the Internet and its role in society, and what are our prospects and responsibilities for dealing with global climate change?

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.

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