Week in Review: 3/8/15 – 3/14/15

March 13, 2015

Mildred Dresselhaus is the First Woman to Receive the IEEE Medal of Honor
IEEE Life Fellow Mildred Dresselhaus is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Medal of Honor “for leadership and contributions across many fields of science and engineering.” She is the first woman to receive IEEE’s highest award.
AFOSR PO: DR. Michael Berman

March 12, 2015

Young engineering faculty at ASU build track record of high performance
Paulo Shakarian, assistant professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering | Getting a communication to “go viral” on social media is the goal of many public information and marketing efforts. Yet large information cascades are rare, suggesting they are difficult to engineer in practice. The award will advance research aimed at identifying what “inhibitory characteristics” in a social network cause a message to stop spreading and eventually die out. Shakarian’s work could aid in helping public service announcements reach multitudes of people during a health crisis or natural disaster. AFOSR POs: Dr. Ken Goretta & Dr. Benjamin Knott https://asunews.asu.edu/20150312-young-engineering-faculty-awards

March 11, 2015

TPS students ‘stay classy’ during test management project
Students and professors from the USAF Test Pilot School and the University of Illinois are working together to test the L1 adaptive controller on Calspan’s variable stability Learjet. The HAVE CLASS controlled L1 adaptive stability study is being done as a Test Management Project, the equivalent of a master’s degree thesis.
AFOSR PO: Dr. Fariba Fahroo

Erdogan Madenci Named American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow Erdogan Madenci, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering in the UA College of Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The fellowship is the highest level of distinction given to members of the 135-year-old organization. Out of 140,000 total members, only 3,305 are currently fellows, and fellows must be nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to engineering. Madenci, who is leading a $7.5 million project for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to predict failure in electronic components of aircrafts and submarines, is the fourth American Society of Mechanical Engineers fellow at the UA.
AFOSR PO: Dr. David Stargel

March 9, 2015

CU-Boulder brain model learns to think like a gambler
New research that relies on a brain model created at the University of Colorado Boulder finds that when humans fall into the gambler’s fallacy, their brains may actually be acting with some logic after all. The new study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that the human brain may in fact be sensitive to a subtle pattern that shows up in otherwise random sequences—a pattern that may not be obvious to our conscious minds.