Volume III•Issue 1•Spring 2004
D ean’ sM e s sa g e
n this issue of the newsletter you willsee how members of the Divisionof Engineering and Applied Sciencesreach out to solve tough problems,collaborate with industry, enlightenstudents, and serve our society and theworld. I am proud not only of this work,but how we do it – without walls, with-out departments, and without limits.
The work we do …
Innovative research is one of the cor-nerstones of the Division. As you readabout Zhigang Suo’s molecular car, youmight imagine how his insights couldradically change manufacturing.
We connect with companies and theywith us to share knowledge and know-how. An award from IBM with supportfrom Intel will allow the Division todevelop the Crimson Grid, a computernetwork designed to solve a varietyof complex problems right from a re-searcher’s (and perhaps one day, your)desktop.
Education and mentoring
Teaching makes a profound connec-tion, as students take what they’velearned and apply it to everything theydo. The GK-
program, TECH-sup-ported courses in bioinnovation, and
Mahadevan nds the profound inthe mundane, Parkes negotiatesand navigates, Suo takes a drive,and Wofsy works in the wild.
Mitchell protects our past,Morrisett lands at EECS, Groszand Vadhan create a cluster,and Division members in the news.
An innovator returns home,researchers give the common tapa new angle, scientists pokeholes in the ozone debate, anda grid is born.
A Bioinnovation course offersan amusing assignment, aselection of recent awards,and ES 51 students go off-road.
Khaneja looks for the rightpath and Ehrenreich shares fourdecades of wit and wisdom.
The GK-12 program lights upteachers, Unilever providesfood for thought, a list of recentindustry collaborations, andfaculty-student patents.
Iansiti explains the physics of business, grads share memories,and a calendar of upcomingevents hosted by the Division.
Snapshots of collaborativescience in action, and how tokeep in touch.
faculty members like Henry Ehrenreichmay bring to mind those who inspiredyou to work (and play) hard at Harvard.Be sure to take a look at the quotes fromour graduates that appear in the alumnisection.
Our people and discoveries travel theglobe. Ralph Mitchell’s quest to preservethe U.S.S.
and Steve Wofsy’sefforts to understand our forests, boththroughout the Northeast as well as inplaces as far away as Bhutan, are onlytwo examples of the many ways weextend beyond Cambridge.
And how we do it …
As you know, what we do is not de-ned or constrained by independentdisciplines. We tackle tough problems,developing and using whatever knowl-edge and tools are needed to get the jobdone. That means an applied mathema-tician studying insects (p.
), a computerscientist inuencing economics (p.
),and an electrical engineer changingmedicine (p.
).I was struck at our recent faculty retreatby how important this open structureand culture is to the way we work.While we’ve expanded, we can all stillmeet in one place to discuss everythingfrom our academic program to theinterplay of technology and society.Such interaction is not possible at manyother institutions and highlights theimportance of our size and spirit.Ultimately, through the work we doand by the way we do it, our goal is touse what we discover, learn, and cre-ate to make the world a better place. Ihope you will let me know how yourexperiences here – in ways great andsmall – may have helped you reachout and connect with other people andsociety.
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