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.
Dr. Maryam Shanechi, Assistant Professor & Viterbi Early Career Chair in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has been awarded a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant to lead an interdisciplinary team that will develop brain-machine interfaces to enhance human decision making. The award totaling $11.25 M, provided by the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defense over a five-year period, aims to connect scholars at multiple universities to take on key research challenges.
Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis' new fabrication technology received NASA’s top award in the international competition for technologies that can build structures and objects on the Moon and Mars. Selective Separation Sintering (SSS), a new 3D-printing process developed by Dr. Khoshnevis to enable the construction of physical structures in space won first place in the NASA In-Situ Materials Challenge. The competition was held in collaboration with the Kennedy Space Center and Swamp Works to advance construction and human habitation in space. The NASA competition mandated that competitors identify novel concepts in advancing the technology and methodology of utilizing materials found on Moon and Mars regolith, crushed basalt rock or others to construct structures or fabricate objects needed for future planetary and space missions.