Awards

Dr. Lou Cattafesta elected as a Fellow of ASME

Dr. Cattafesta was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  A quotation from ASME reads

"Professor Cattafesta has contributed seminal contributions to the development and implementation of and education concerning active flow control systems, with particular emphasis on novel actuators and methods for closed-loop flow control experiments."

PIRE: Collaborations with France and Japan on Multiphase Fluid Science and Technologies

Professors Lou Cattafesta (IMG), Ranga Narayanan, and Jason Butler of the University of Florida have been selected to lead an NSF Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) project focusing on the research of multi-phase flows with technological applications. Two US universities (The University of Florida and Florida State University) will work in collaboration with five French and five Japanese institutions to carry out this research. More information about this new and exciting project partnership can be found here. Congratulations, Dr. Cattafesta!

Chris Meyer wins "Professional Excellence" Award

Chris Meyer has been selected by the UF College of Engineering as the 2010-2011 Ph.D. recipient of the Attributes of a Gator Engineer Recognition Award for Professional Excellence.  He was selected for "exemplifying the attribute of professional excellence with his strong record of character and performance."  Chris will be recognized by Dean Abernathy in an awards ceremony in August.

Dr. Xie's Company, WiOptix, Reaches "Final Four" of Cade Prize Competition

The Cade Prize for Innovation, a new competition designed to recognize Florida inventors, has promoted Dr. Xie's company, WiOptix, to its "Final Four."  The WiOptix entry, "In Vivo Noninvasive Optical Endoscopic Imaging for Early Cancer Diagnosis," will be pitched to a panel of nationally recognized judges on Friday, June 11th.  If selected, WiOptix will receive a $50,000 cash prize and one year of in-kind support. Best of luck to Dr. Xie and the other WiOptix representatives, Martin Wynkoop, Lei Wu, and Shuguang Gu!

Dr. Fan wins E.T.S. Walton Award

Professor Z. Hugh Fan won the E. T. S. Walton Award from Science Foundation Ireland in Aug. 2009. The award enables him to take a two-semester sabbatical, assuming Walton Visiting Professorship in the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at Dublin City University in Ireland. BDI is comprised of more than 100 scientists, developing diagnostic platforms through integration of clinical, industrial and academic expertise. Professor Fan’s work at BDI will focus on device design and testing for sorting and concentration of rare circulating tumor cells.

David Arnold Wins PECASE

Dr. David Arnold has been selected as a winner of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for research entitled "Development of Fully Integrated Micromagnetic Actuator Technologies." The PECASE is the "highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers." Congratulations, Dr. Arnold!

Jared Lee Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The National Science Foundation has just announced that IMG senior undergraduate researcher Jared Lee has been selected a winner of a Graduate Research Fellowship. As a winner of this prestigious award, Jared will receive funds for graduate study worth $44,500/yr for three years. Jared plans to begin his graduate work in the fall at Stanford University. Congratulations, Jared!

Congratulations to Vijay Chandrasekharan!

Congratulations are due to Vijay Chandrasekharan for the successful defense of his dissertation, entitled "A Microscale Differential Capacitive Direct Wall Shear Stress Sensor." Congratulations from all of IMG!

After graduation, Vijay plans to retrieve his shear stress sensors from the clutches of the evil Sith, who believe it is a transformative technology in their quest to rule the universe. (The force is strong in Vijay.)