Brown University School of Engineering

News from December, 2013

Brown Engineering After School Team

Crash Course: Engineering after school

“Crash Course” in engineering:
BEAST — Brown Engineering After School Team — is in its fourth semester of providing after-school instruction for Providence High School students. In “Crash Course,” its current offering, students from the Brown School of Engineering help high school students build small elastic-powered cars from readily available materials.  It's really all about engineering: friction, torque, power-to-weight ratios, and so forth.

Biomechanics research

Biomechanics: Taking a whack at research

The biomechanics of a good swing:
Kathryn Yates is a biology concentrator whose research interests are brushing up against engineering. Brown’s open curriculum is helping her pursue those interests — the comparative physical properties of various field hockey balls and the biomechanics of the women who whack them.

Alzheimer’s Risk

Brain imaging differences in infants at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s

Different areas, different rates of development:
Using a special MRI technique designed for studies of sleeping infants, researchers at Brown University and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute have found that infants who carry a gene associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease tend to have differences in brain development compared to infants who do not carry the gene. The findings are neither diagnostic nor predictive of Alzheimer’s, but they may be a step toward understanding how this gene confers risk much later in life.


Halpin Prize

Alisa Owens ’14 Wins Halpin Prize

Alisa Owens '14:

Thanks to the generosity of Doris M. and Norman T. Halpin, the School of Engineering will again award seed funding and prize money to support one innovative and interdisciplinary senior capstone design project. Projects are awarded based on how well they demonstrate the power of interdisciplinary thought in engineering science and design. This year's winner of the Halpin Prize for Interdisciplinary Senior Capstone Project is Alisa Owens ’14. She is advised by Professor Bob Hurt and has received guidance and input on her project from Yang Qiu, a graduate student in Professor Hurt’s lab.


Research Award

Postdoc James Rice Wins Donnelly Externship Award

James Rice Sc.M. ’08 Ph.D. ’11:

James Rice Sc.M. ’08 Ph.D. ’11, a postdoctoral research associate and engineering state agencies liaison with the Brown University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Research Translation Core and with Brown SRP Investigator Eric Suuberg, is one of five recipients of the 2013 K.C. Donnelly Externship award.


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