George Cybenko, Dorothy and Walter Gramm Professor of Engineering Sciences, recently received a new award honoring outstanding mentoring of graduate students by faculty advisors. Nominations for the award, presented by Dartmouth’s Graduate Student Council and Office of Graduate Studies, came from two of the highest authorities on mentoring — Cybenko’s students.
“He motivates via high expectations instead of pedantic correction or humiliation. He brings out the best in us and knows how to make us push ourselves as far as possible,” says doctoral candidate Glenn Nofsinger.
“He is much more than an advisor,” says doctoral candidate Annarita Giani. “He leads his students with a sincere interest in their success, not only professionally but in all of life.”
“This is a great honor,” says Cybenko, an expert on information systems, “because it comes from my students.”
— Annelise Hansen
The National Academy of Engineers (N.A.E.) “Frontiers of Engineering Symposium” annually exposes 100 of the country’s brightest young engineers to ideas outside their specialties. Professor Laura Ray presented one of those ideas — solar-powered robots for scientific exploration in Antarctica — at this year’s symposium, held in Irvine, California, in September. She illustrated the discussion with a prototype designed and built by a team of her ENGS 190: “Engineering Design and Methodology” students.
The Acoustical Society of America presented its Best Student Paper Award to M.S. candidate Alexander Streeter Th’04 at its annual meeting in New York City in May. The paper described a portable headset for the hearing impaired that uses an active-noise-reduction (ANR) algorithm to provide real-time attenuation over a broad spectrum of noise sources. Streeter modified an ANR headset by replacing the simple analog feeder control with a digital system combining feedforward and feedback elements. Streeter designed the feedback circuitry; David Cartes Th’01 designed the feedforward element. The project was part of ENGG 291 [now ENGS 290]: “Engineering Design and Methodology.”
G. Ayorkor Mills-Tetty ’01, Th’03 is one of 35 young engineers selected for a Tau Beta Pi graduate fellowship for 2004-2005. A doctoral student at Carnegie Melon University, she is studying sustainability and robotics technology. The Ghana native says her ultimate goal is to help developing countries “join the ranks of the producers and developers, not just consumers, of technology.”
ENGS 190/ENGG 290 students Jonathan den Hartog ’03, Spencer Boice, and Scott Wisniewski ’03 won the 2004 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Safety Design Contest with their paper, “Helicopter Blade Emergency Detachment System.” The system uses an explosive to detach the helicopter blades. The team will travel to this year’s ASME International Congress and Exposition in Anaheim, California to accept the award.
The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted Professor Edmond S. Cooley in a recent article about colleges switching to Internet-based telephones: “You don’t get a bunch of middle-aged IT directors to use it. You get a bunch of 17- to 18-year-olds.”
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