Thayer School of Engineering News

On May 9, 2011 by Grad Forum

thayer_students_feature_editedThis past spring, Thayer awarded fourteen MS and seven PhD degrees, and this fall Thayer accepted five new students into the PhD Innovation Program.

Thayer completed a $60 million fundraising campaign which will help to enhance our programs, and with professors Ian Baker and Keith Paulsen working as co-directors, Dartmouth was designated as a Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) with a $12.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Project leaders on the grant include engineering professors Gerngross, Pogue, and Griswold.

Professor Olfati-Saber received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Two Thayer-founded companies won GE’s Ecomagination Challenge, IceCode founded by Professor Petrenko, and SustainX founded by Professor Hutchinson and three PhD graduates, Dax Kepshire Th’06, Ben Bollinger Th’04, and Troy McBride Th’01. In addition, professors Sullivan and Levey were awarded green-technology grants from DoE.

Professor Hartov was appointed director of MS and PhD programs, filling the shoes of Ursula Gibson, who accepted a new position at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Meanwhile, we welcomed several new faculty members, including Margaret Ackerman, Eric Fossum, Michael Gerst, Venkat Krishnaswamy, Jifeng Liu, and Vicky May.

Currently, several PhD candidates are participating in Dartmouth’s new Polar Environmental Change program, offered through a grant by NSF’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. Thayer congratulates Kristen Louise Lurie D’08 Th’08 and Renee Nicole Cottle D’07 Th’09, who were both awarded 2010 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Finally, Broc Burke, MD/PhD candidate, was selected as a 2010-11 Schweitzer Fellow, and MS candidate Jonathan Guerrette, along with Devon Anderson and Nathan Niparko, won the 2nd Prize in the 2010 Collegiate Inventors Competition.

By Catharine Lamm

Photograph: Thayer Innovation Fellows; From left to right: Steven Reinitz, Alicia Petryk, Matthew Pallone, Geneva Trotter, Regina Salvat.

Photo: Kathryn LoConte

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