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Our grads do it all, from circuit to dessert design. Joanne Chang ’91 (Applied Math-ematics), owner of Flour Bakery, bested celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a sticky bunthrow-down. For those who are not Food Network junkies, a “throw-down” is ahead-to-head cooking challenge centered around a single item. With about 90 hun-gry Harvard students bussed in for the taping, the judges included Dan Andelman ofBoston’s “Phantom Gourmet” and Larry Kessel, Executive Chef for Residential Din-ing, Harvard University Dining Services. If you want to make some sticky goodness ofyour own, Chang’s famous (and amazing) recipe is available at the Food Network site:www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_37125,00.html
The original Harvard Engineering Society debuted in 1893 and lasted until 1967. Takenfrom the
archives: “About sixty men interested in the new engineering societymet last night in L.S.S.1. Professor Hollis presided. It is not intended to displace theElectric Club, but hopes to encourage it and to be the cause of the growth of other clubsin different departments of engineering. The new society is to be more general and isintended: 1. To promote general knowledge and discussion of engineering subjects, and2. To promote intercourse and acquaintance between members of the society and profes-sional men.” The society was reinvigorated in 2004 and is now called the Harvard CollegeEngineering Society.
Upon being asked about the potential for engineering and applied sciences to make an impact,Harvard University President Drew Faust remarked, “To study technology in an environmentwhere you reach beyond the simple implications or complicated implications of the technologyitself into the even more complex social, political, and ethical questions is, I think, essentialto our advance as a human race and to our advance as learners, and retrievers, and dissemi-nators of information.”
NINE for Nano
Harvard is among the participantsof the National Institute for Nano-En-gineering (NINE), a partnership amongindustry, the federal government, andU.S. universities, spearheaded by SandiaNational Laboratories. The partnershipis driven by concerns over the health of America’s science and engineering edu-cation and innovation engine, as high-lighted in the 2005 report
Rising Above the Gathering Storm
from the NationalAcademies.In addition to Harvard, the initial NINEmembers include Intel Corp., Exxon Mo-bil Corp., IBM, Lockheed Martin Corp.,Corning Inc., Goodyear Tire and Rubber,Proctor and Gamble, University of Wis-consin, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,University of California at Davis, Univer-sity of Florida, Yale University, Universityof Texas at Austin, University of Illinois,Rice, Notre Dame, University of NewMexico, and Harvey Mudd College.
Gordon McKay Librarysees the light
The light streaming in through the Gor-don McKay Library’s skylights (coveredover in the 1970s) tells only half thestory. Glancing down from the beauti-fully restored support girders, visitorsare greeted with a granite-topped circu-lation area, soft yellow bamboo oors,new shelving units, and retro-modernchairs and tables. The hallway leadingto the library also underwent a dra-matic makeover during the past year.In addition to new faculty ofces and aconference room, a student lounge withcozy couches and chairs is now tuckedinto a sweeping corner.
role as the Interim Dean of the RadcliffeInstitute. The t was a natural one; Gro-sz has long been connected with Radc-liffe, serving as its rst dean of science.Former Radcliffe Dean and now HarvardPresident Faust commented, “Barbarahas played a critical role in almost everyaspect of the evolution of the RadcliffeInstitute. She has been enormously ef-fective as the architect of the scienceprograms, building a highly successfulmodel for science fellowships that in-corporates laboratory research, fostersengagement with the broader scienticcommunities at Harvard and in Bos-ton, and encompasses a wide range of scientic elds.”Finally, kudos to NASA astronaut Steph-anie Wilson ’88 (S.B., Engineering Sci-ences) who was elected to the HarvardBoard of Overseers.
(above and left) Joanna Chang ’91once a nancial analyst, tradedher life in the nancial district forone in the kitchen. (below) Whiletoday’s Engineering Society hasits roots in the 19th century, ac-tivities (such as building robots)have kept up with the times.
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