Mario Garcia-Sanz, the inaugural Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor in Energy Innovation, is the winner of the 2012 John S. Diekhoff Award. Prof. Sanz is also the director of the Control and Energy Systems center. His research bridges the gap between fundamental and applied research in advanced control and systems engineering and he clearly has made a signficant and lasting impact on his students as evidenced by this award. This is a sincere tribute to Mario as this entire process, from nomination to interview to selection, is conducted by graduate students.
Keithley Instruments, Inc., a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, has named Tina He as the recipient of the first annual Keithley Graduate Fellowship Award. Ms. He, a Case Western Reserve University (Case) Ph.D. student, was chosen for this award for her graduate research work with Professor Philip Feng in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case, on developing novel nanoscale devices and circuits with potential applications to advanced test and measurement.
The research and experiments Ms. He and Dr. Feng are pursuing involves developing very high speed nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) devices and arrays, NEMS logic building blocks, and circuits. Their experimental research includes nanodevice fabrication and low-noise electronic measurement, and will be reinforced by novel designs and modeling.
Gmail creator and Case Western Reserve University alumnus Paul Buchheit (CWR ’98; GRS ’98, computer engineering) will speak to 1,750 students who grew up using the technology he created when he delivers the 2012 commencement address May 20 in Veale Convocation Center.
Buchheit, a partner at the venture capital firm Y Combinator, was one of the first engineers at Google, where he suggested the company’s famous “Don’t be evil” motto and created the first AdSense prototype.
After graduating from Case Western Reserve, Buchheit spent a year at Intel Corp. before becoming Google’s 23rd employee in 1999. His free email service Gmail launched in 2004 and now boasts more than 350 million registered users.
He retired from Google in 2006 and founded FriendFeed the following year. The service allows users to share information such as links, photos and messages online and was acquired by Facebook in 2009.
Buchheit joined Y Combinator in 2010. Founded in 2005, the firm provides funding, advice and networking opportunities to promising startups.