Archives—April 2010


Students, Organizations, Staff Members Honored at Awards Banquet

The 16th Annual Student Awards Banquet was held on Sunday, April 25, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Thirteen awards were presented. Nearly 200 faculty, staff, students and campus leaders attended. Among the award recipients is Engineering Physics graduate student Archana Pandey, who was honored for Exceptional Leadership in Residential Community. Former physics major Elissa Barris won the Provost’s Award for Scholarship. Physics major Gregory Lau was nominated for the Provost’s Award and physics major Viktor Bollen was nominated for the Exceptional Enthusiasm as a Student Leader Award.

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Lessons from the Brain: Toward an Intelligent Molecular Computer (Pati)

A team of researchers from Japan and Michigan Technological University has built a molecular computer using lessons learned from the human brain.

Physicist Ranjit Pati of Michigan Tech provided the theoretical underpinnings for this tiny computer composed not of silicon but of organic molecules on a gold substrate. “This molecular computer is the brainchild of my colleague Anirban Bandyopadhyay from the National Institute for Materials Science,” says Pati. Their work is detailed in “Massively Parallel Computing on an Organic Molecule Layer,” published April 25 online in Nature Physics.

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Presidential Council of Alumnae Annual Women of Promise Awards

This award recognizes current female students from each academic department who go above and beyond what is expected of them in terms of being a well-rounded student. The award goes to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, campus and community leadership, good citizenship, creativity and other characteristics of high-achieving individuals. Among the honorees is physics major Erin M. Scanlon.

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Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funds 27 Projects at Michigan Tech

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has awarded approximately $375,000 to nine Michigan universities with aerospace, engineering and space science related programs. Michigan Technological University submitted 40 proposals, and 27 received funding totaling $105,000.

Of that, $20,000 supports undergraduate fellowships, $30,000 is for graduate research fellowships; $30,000 provides seed grants for faculty, and $25,000 is designated for outreach, including K-12 and teacher training programs.

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