Honors

John Keith Among RSC Emerging Investigators in 2017

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 14 June 2017

John Keith was among the Emerging Investigators in 2017 recommended by experts in the field of materials chemistry research in a themed issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. His article “Computational investigation of CO2 electroreduction on tin oxide and predictions of Ti, V, Nb and Zr dopants for improved catalysis” published in the issue outlines the work of Keith and his team on improving the performance of tin electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction.

Jennifer Laaser to be Among Participants of the 2017 CSC New Faculty Workshop

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 24 May 2017

Jennifer Laaser has been selected to participate in the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative (CSC) New Faculty Workshop that will take place in Washington, DC in the ACS National Offices on August 3- 5, 2017.

The CSC, in partnership with the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) and the American Chemical Society, is implementing a New Faculty Workshop program to improve the penetration of research-validated pedagogies in chemistry departments around the country.

This program is designed to aid newly-hired faculty in the Chemical and Physical Sciences at research intensive universities to develop strong research and teaching programs. The workshop will focus on effective time management, new teaching practices, and integrating teaching and research.

Sara Majetich Named IEEE Fellow

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 5 December 2016

Sara Majetich has been named an IEEE Fellow. Majetich is being recognized for her contributions to the understanding of magnetic nanoparticles. She studies the fundamental physics of magnetic nanoparticles that have very uniform sizes and applies her work to the design of functional materials that have applications in data storage media, high-speed electronics and biomedicine.

Fellowship is the highest grade of membership in IEEE, and is considered to be a prestigious honor among the technical community. Fellowship is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors on only one-tenth of one percent of the total voting membership of the organization each year. The distinction recognizes outstanding accomplishments in any of the IEEE’s fields of interest, which focus on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its more than 400,000  members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

Hrvoje Petek and David Waldeck named AAAS Fellows

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 22 November 2016

Hrvoje Petek and David Waldeck were recently elected AAAS Fellows in Physics and Chemistry, respectively.

In October 2016, the AAAS Council elected 391 members as Fellows of the association, in recognition of their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership. The tradition of electing AAAS Fellows began in 1874 to recognize members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. 

The 2016 AAAS fellows will be recognized at AAAS' 2017 annual meeting where they will be presented a rosette pin, its gold and blue colors signify science and engineering, respectively. 

View all the elected fellows here.

David Snoke Chosen as a 2016 APS Outstanding Referee

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 16 March 2016

The American Physical Society (APS) has named PQI faculty David Snoke one of the 146 Outstanding Referees of 2016 for exceptional help in assessing manuscripts for publication in the Physical Review journals.

Like Fellowship in the APS and other organizations, this is a lifetime award, and the Outstanding Referees are to be congratulated and thanked for their outstanding service to the physics community.

Peyman Givi Appointed Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 24 February 2016

Congratulations to the newest Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and PQI Professor Peyman Givi!

PQI Professor Peyman Givi received his award from the Provost Patricia Beeson during his inaugural lecture entitled "Exascale HPC, Big Data, and Quantum Computing in Rocket Science". This distinction was awarded to Peyman for his visionary mind, his outstanding research, as well as his incredible mentorship.

Linda Peteanu Named Acting Head of the Department of Chemistry at CMU

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 21 January 2016

PQI faculty Linda A. Peteanu has been named acting head of Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Chemistry, effective January 1, 2016.

A member of the Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1993, Peteanu is well known for her expertise in applying fluorescence-based methods, including microscopy and electric-field effects, to condensed-phase systems. A current research focus involves measuring the morphology and electronic properties of molecules used to make light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and photovoltaic cells. Peteanu also applies fluorescence-based methods to the study of nucleic acids as a member of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology.

Hrvoje Petek Receives Medal Following Alexander von Humboldt Lecture.

  • By Workstudy User
  • 16 December 2015

PQI faculty Hrvoje Petek receives a medal from Professor Hajo Freund following the Alexander von Humboldt lecture at the Ringberg Castle in Germany on September 21, 2015. Professor Petek was the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2000, which allowed him to spend eight months at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin.

This fall, he was invited to give the Alexander von Humboldt lecture, which was entitled “Chemisorption on 1D surfaces”, to his host institution. In his talk, Professor Petek described the ongoing collaborative research with Hajo Freund and his department at the Fritz Haber Institute.

Ken Jordan Featured in the Journal of Physical Chemistry

  • By Workstudy User
  • 11 September 2014

PQI faculty Ken Jordan was featured in the September 4th, 2014 issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 

This issue was dedicated to Ken Jordan on the occasion of his 66th birthday. The preface “From Quantum Mechanics to Molecular Mechanics: A Tribute to Kenneth D. Jordan” was written by his friend and fellow scientist Jack Simmons, former graduate student Feng Wang, and his longtime collaborator Mark Johnson. This special issue “The Kenneth D. Jordan Estschrift" includes his autobiography, a list of his colleagues and publications, and his Curriculum Vitae.

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