Adji Bousso Dieng on AI, breaking barriers, and computing as empowerment
Adji Bousso Dieng, who joins Princeton's computer science faculty in September 2021, wants to create artificial intelligence that can understand the mechanisms underlying complex systems and have a level of control over their behavior — work that could impact fields including science, health care and automated systems. She is the first Black woman faculty member in the engineering school’s 100-year history and the first Black faculty member in computer science.
Engineering in the Service of Humanity
At our 100-year anniversary, the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton is in a unique position to drive forward major initiatives in bioengineering, robotics, the future of cities, data science and quantum computing, and our continuing investments in high-impact work in energy and the environment.
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Throughout the year of Princeton Engineering’s 100-year anniversary, we are sharing 100 facts about our past, present, and plans for the future. We highlighting the amazing people who have brought us to where we are, and who are propelling us into the next century of harnessing science and creative thinking for society. Be sure to follow us on Instagram at @eprinceton so you won’t miss a single fact.
University to create neighborhood for engineering and environmental science
Building on its commitment to science in service to humanity, Princeton University will expand research and teaching facilities for engineering and environmental science in an arc along Ivy Lane that connects to new facilities for computer science at Washington Road. The expansion will create a new campus neighborhood that more closely connects engineering with the rest of campus, including the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and public policy. The proximity of key collaborators also amplifies connections between the growing fields of bioengineering, data science, and environmental research and creates a center of gravity for convening diverse experts and innovators across and beyond the University to address critical societal needs.
Alumni, government and industry are priorities for materials institute
After a year of nationwide lockdown, organizers of the annual symposium of the Princeton Institute of Materials looked to the future, focusing on strengthening engagement with alumni, government and industry.
Taishi Nakase, ORFE concentrator, selected as Princeton valedictorian
Taishi Nakase, an operations research and financial engineering concentrator from Melbourne, Australia, has been selected as valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2021. He is the second consecutive ORFE major to be named valedictorian.
Building technology opens door to increased ventilation, lower energy costs
Radiant cooling is an often-overlooked cooling technology that could enable more ventilation in buildings around the world while substantially decreasing energy costs, Princeton researchers found.
Study shows how some bacteria withstand antibiotic onslaught
In a study with implications for chronic infections, researchers describe multiple pathways that some bacteria use to tolerate normally lethal antibiotic treatments. The findings overturn common assumptions about antibiotics’ limited effectiveness against certain bacteria and could lead to better treatments.
Alumni win Turing Award, top honor in computer science
The Association for Computing Machinery named Princeton graduate alumni Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman recipients of the 2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award. The award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” carries a $1 million prize.
Water filter uses sunlight to remove lead and other contaminants
An invention that uses sunlight to drive water purification could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid.