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.

Chemical engineer wins University’s most prestigious graduate student award

Princeton Engineering graduate student Ning Wu has been awarded the University's highest honor for graduate students, the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship. Each year, only four individuals whose work displays the highest scholarly excellence receive the Jacobus fellowship, which supports the final year of graduate study.

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.

New faculty of fall 2007

New faculty for the Fall of 2007.

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."

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.