Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has been recognized as one of the top 10 pioneers of changing the world through the IoT (Internet of Things) by Connected World magazine for 2017. In past, Connected World has celebrated leading business leaders such as Glenn Lurie (AT&T), Eric Babolat (Babolat), and Elon Musk(Tesla) to name a few but this is the first year they have recognized the oustanding achievements of educators.
Professor Cumrun Vafa of Harvard University has been selected as one of the three recpients of Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics in 2016. Professor Vafa has been acknowledged for numerous deep and groundbreaking contributions to quantum field theory, quantum gravity, string theory and geometry, and statistical derivation of the Bekenstein-Hawking area-entropy relation that unified the laws of thermodynamics with the laws of black hole dynamics and revealed the holographic nature of quantum spacetime.
Professor Ali Hajimiri of Caltech has been named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). According to the NAI press release, “Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.”
Professor Hajimiri has 82 issued U.S. Patents and several dozen more pending. He has also been issued many International Patents for his inventions.
Maryam Mirzakhani, a Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University, was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. One of the highest honors for scientists in the United States, new members are elected by current members based on their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. These members serve as “advisors to the nation” on science, engineering, and medicine. Past honorees include renowned scientists Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell. Mirzakhani was one of the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected into the nonprofit organization this year. She will be formally inducted next April in Washington D.C.