Category: "Experiential Learning"

Biologists Explore How Human Networks Can Be Made Ant-like

Image showing red wood ant nests (the mounds) with lines drawn in to represent pathways between the nests and to trees, where these ants harvest food from colonies of aphids living in the trees.

Ant behavior has been a source of inspiration since at least the time of Aesop, and 2,500 years later, it appears these insects still have a certain kind of wisdom to impart—perhaps to engineers building subways. “Each individual ant doesn’t know much about the world beyond her own antennae,” says Harvey Mudd College biology professor […]

Danae Schulz Receives NSF Early Career Grant

Danae Schulz

Danae Schulz, an assistant professor of biology at Harvey Mudd College, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation for her research “Characterizing molecular mechanisms that drive life cycle transitions in the African trypanosome.” The nearly $630,000 award covering a five-year period enables Schulz to pursue research questions […]

NSF Funds Interdisciplinary Engineering, CS and Biology Research

Chris Clark and a student researcher

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded Harvey Mudd College engineering professor Chris Clark’s project “Monitoring of Marine Life Coastal Habitats via Autonomous Robot Systems.” “The project builds from our previous shark-tracking projects as well as our cross-cultural International Computer Engineering eXperience (ICEX) program,” says Clark. Researchers are seeking to extend the development of AUV […]

Bassman and Students File Provisional Patent on Alloy Family

students pulling samples from a furnace

Professor of Engineering Lori Bassman, five Harvey Mudd College students, and two of her University of New South Wales colleagues, Kevin Laws and Patrick Conway, have filed a provisional patent on a family of novel compositionally complex metal alloys that were developed over two years during summer research. “The project goal was to develop alloys […]

Harvey Mudd Presents 2020 Clinic Milestone Awards

HMC seal

Six organizations are being honored by Harvey Mudd College for participating in its Clinic Program and for investing in its students and the future of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Honorees Meggitt Control Systems, Niagara Bottling LLC, Google Inc, MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MITLL), Steelcase Inc. and Webroot Inc. are sponsors of the Clinic Program, an […]

HMC Chemistry Joins Green Chemistry Commitment

Associate Professor of Chemistry David Vosburg

Faculty members in the Department of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College challenge students to apply chemical principles and sustainable practices to solve societal problems. The department recently formalized these efforts by joining a growing cadre of likeminded institutions who are members of the Green Chemistry Commitment (GCC). Launched in 2013 by the green chemistry outreach […]

Music Informatics Research Accepted to International Workshop

F.W. Olin Science Center at Harvey Mudd College.

Research on machine learning and music is a burgeoning interdisciplinary field that encompasses data-driven approaches to the production, analysis and retrieval of music. Joint major in computer science and mathematics Mazda Moayeri ’20 knew very little about music informatics and deep learning, but that didn’t stop him from taking on this challenging new area. The […]

Clinic Program Offers Social Justice Focus

students with solar panels

The 2018–2019 Clinic Program included three projects (two engineering and one mathematics) that allowed a team of Clinic students to work on a project related to social justice. Funded in part by an educational leadership grant that President Maria Klawe received from the Carnegie Corporation, the three projects supported non-profit organizations with technical expertise. “One […]

Three-day Showcase of Student Projects Begins May 6

Students stand in front of research poster

In celebration of experiential learning, an integral part of the Harvey Mudd College experience, the entire College community views students’ original projects in design or research each spring. This commemoration of student achievement includes Presentation Days (May 6 and 8), showcasing senior thesis research and class projects, and Projects Day (May 7), a showcase of […]

Harvey Mudd Clinic Team Designing First Nonprofit Solar Panel Factory

CLGP Clinic team 2019

The Clinic Program, a pioneering program of collaboration between industry and Harvey Mudd College, has been a hallmark of this institution for more than 50 years. Juniors and seniors are engaged in the solution of real-world, technical problems for clients, most of them in industry. Clinic teams also apply their academic experience to projects with […]