Category: "Faculty"

CS Researchers Present Findings on Machine Learning, Algorithms

Jon Hayase and Julia Vendemiatti

Harvey Mudd College computer science professor George Montañez and his students have turned their research of theoretical machine learning, probability, statistics and search into multiple publications and presentations. In early December 2019, Montañez, Jon Hayase ’20 and Julia Vendemiatti ’21 attended the 32nd Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Australia to present their research. […]

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 […]

Physicists Publish Evidence of Spin Memory Effect

Nicholas Breznay

A paper co-authored by physics professor Nicholas Breznay ’02 has been published in npj Quantum Materials. “Persistence of spin memory in a crystalline, insulating phase-change material” reports a new way to measure a key quantum-mechanical property of electrons in disordered solid materials: their spin. “Specifically, says Breznay, “we investigated a really cool class of compounds […]

Su Publishes Math Book for Wide Audience

Mathematics for human flourishing Francis Su

Francis Su wants you to live life more fully, and one key, he says, is more math. “The practice of mathematics cultivates virtues that help people flourish,” says Su, Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics. “These virtues serve you well no matter what profession you choose. And the movement towards virtue happens through basic human desires.” This […]

Castro Named to McAlister Professorship

Alfonso Castro

Alfonso Castro has been named McAlister Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. Established in 2018 by longtime supporters Robert and Barbara McAlister to recognize and support the work of an outstanding faculty member within the Department of Mathematics, the appointment includes an annual discretionary fund to support travel, research or teaching. Endowed faculty chairs […]

Hamilton’s Book Chosen as Outstanding Academic Title

Inevitably Toxic book cover

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will include Inevitably Toxic: Historical Perspectives on Contamination, Exposure, and Expertise—co-authored by Harvey Mudd College Professor Vivien Hamilton—on its list of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2019. Each January, the ACRL publishes its prestigious list, which reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed in Choice, a publishing unit […]

Math for America at HMC

Math for America participants at HMC

In 2018, mathematics professor Darryl Yong ’96, computer science professors Colleen Lewis and Zachary Dodds and Karen Gallagher (USC) launched their National Science Foundation funded project, “Math for America Los Angeles: Elevating Mathematics and Computer Science Instruction through Teacher Leadership.” A collaborative effort between USC, Harvey Mudd College, school districts in the greater Los Angeles […]

Uncovering New Signals of Long-Lived Particles

Brian Shuve, physics professor, Harvey Mudd College

When Harvey Mudd College physics professor Brian Shuve began studying long-lived particles (LLPs) five or six years ago, the concept was somewhat of a fringe idea. Was it possible that particle collisions within the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) were throwing off new particles that slipped unnoticed past LHC detectors and that those particles could hold […]

Students Win Global Case Competition

students and professor

For three years, Kash Gokli, professor of manufacturing practice and Engineering Clinic director, has advised a team of students competing in the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) student case competition. Each team advanced a little farther than the team before. This September in Las Vegas, Bohan Gao ’19, Charles Dawson ’19, Ryan Haughton ’19 […]

Karukstis Receives ACS Award

Kerry Karukstis, Harvey Mudd College chemistry professor and chemistry department chair

The American Chemical Society has awarded Kerry Karukstis, Ray and Mary Ingwersen Professor of Chemistry, with the 2020 ACS Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution. Sponsored by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the award recognizes the importance of research with undergraduates and honors a chemistry faculty member whose research in an undergraduate setting […]