Joint Medical and Electrical Engineering Track at Caltech
It is with excitement that the Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering at Caltech announce the establishment of a joint track to both departments as of Fall 2022. The track is named Medical and Electrical Engineering. Specifically, the degree requirements include (1) taking 21 units of required Medical Engineering courses, in addition to the 135 units of courses required for Electrical Engineering Ph.D. students, (2) passing the qualifying and candidacy exams of the home department, and (3) completing a dissertation related to both options. The dissertation committee must be composed of 2 members from each option. The single degree to be shown on the diploma is “Ph.D. in Medical and Electrical Engineering”. This track is available to both existing students to graduate after Fall 2022 and new students to be admitted.
Nano-Architected Material Resists Impact Better Than Kevlar
Julia R. Greer, Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Mechanics and Medical Engineering; Fletcher Jones Foundation Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute, has developed a nano-architected material made from tiny carbon struts that is, pound for pound, more effective at stopping a projectile than Kevlar, a material commonly used in personal protective gear. "The knowledge from this work could provide design principles for ultra-lightweight impact resistant materials for use in efficient armor materials, protective coatings, and blast-resistant shields desirable in defense and space applications," says Greer. [Caltech story]
2021 Three Minute Thesis Final
Third place went to Shane Shahrestani (Medical Engineering-YC Tai’s lab) for this presentation on the “Eddy Current Damping Stroke Sensor.” Congratulations Shane!
Recording Brain Activity with Laser Light
Lihong Wang, Bren Professor of Medical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, has demonstrated for the first time a new technology for imaging the human brain using laser light and ultrasonic sound waves. The technology, known as photoacoustic computerized tomography, or PACT, has been developed as a method for imaging tissues and organs. Now, Wang has made further improvements to the technology that make it so precise and sensitive that it can detect even minute changes in the amount of blood traveling through very tiny blood vessels as well as the oxygenation level of that blood. [Caltech story]
EAS New Horizons Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award
The Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences seeks nominations to recognize and honor individuals within the EAS community who have actively contributed to EAS’s goal to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive engineering community. The award is available to members of the EAS community, including current students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty. Nominations are due Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and are accepted from anyone in the EAS community, EAS alumni and members of the Caltech community. Click here for full description of how to make a nomination.