Category: "Faculty"

Karukstis Receives ACS Award

September 13, 2019

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 […]

NSF Funds Evolutionary History Research

September 13, 2019

Ran Libeskind-Hadas

Ran Libeskind-Hadas, R. Michael Shanahan Professor of Computer Science, studies algorithmic issues in computational biology—in particular, the problem of phylogenetic tree reconciliation, a computational method used to reconstruct the evolutionary histories of related pairs of organisms by hypothesizing the evolutionary events that explain their incongruence. The reconciliation is a mapping of one tree onto the other […]

In Memoriam: Carl Baumgaertner, Clinical Professor of Engineering Emeritus

September 9, 2019

The College mourns the loss of Carl Baumgaertner, clinical professor of engineering emeritus, aerospace systems and electronics expert, and decorated military veteran, who died Aug. 16 at the age of 95. In January 1943, six months out of military high school, where he graduated as a United States Army second lieutenant, Baumgaertner was called to […]

NSF Supports Materials Science Research at Harvey Mudd

September 5, 2019

Hal Van Ryswyk

Three professors in three fields from two colleges are celebrating a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for the acquisition of a standardized integrated toolset for photovoltaics fabrication and characterization. Hal Van Ryswyk, John Stauffer Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College, and Pomona College physics professors Janice Hudgings and […]

NSF Supports Biology Research

August 13, 2019

coral reef

Like an undersea version of the canary in a coal mine analogy, soft corals are indicator species whose vibrancy and health act as a gauge for the overall habitat of a coral reef. Coral reefs provide food, livelihoods and coastal protection for more than 500 million people worldwide and are among the ecosystems most threatened […]

NSF Supports Computer Science Research

August 9, 2019

Computer science professor Geoff Kuenning

Researchers in many fields share a common problem: Searching giant parameter spaces is incredibly time consuming and inefficient. To help remedy this issue, the National Science Foundation has funded “CNS Core: III: Medium: Collaborative Research: Optimizing and Understanding Large Parameter Spaces in Storage Systems,” a project developed by computer science professor Geoff Kuenning and his […]

Faculty Members Receive Promotions

July 30, 2019

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Promotions and tenure appointments for HMC faculty were approved during the May meeting of the HMC Board of Trustees. Eliot Bush (biology) and Theresa Lynn (physics) have been promoted to the rank of full professor. Both serve as chair of their respective departments. Bush, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, uses computational methods […]

CS Students Publish Reading Skill Study

June 26, 2019

Julie Medero

Last summer, computer science professor Julie Medero, along with Alfredo Gomez ’21, Alicia Ngo ’20 and Ali Otondo ’20 (aka The A Team), embarked on a project to develop an iOS application that would help children improve their reading skills. The resulting research paper, “Reading KiTTY: Pitch Range as an Indicator of Reading Skill,” has […]

Harvey Mudd Welcomes New Faculty, 2019

June 17, 2019

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Beginning July 1, 2019, Harvey Mudd College will welcome four new faculty members, two of them alumni. Searches in engineering and computer science resulted in the hiring of these teacher/scholars to tenure-track appointments. Department of Engineering Joshua Brake, assistant professor, earned his PhD in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. His doctoral research […]

Krauss Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

June 11, 2019

Gordon Krauss

Gordon Krauss, Fletcher Jones Professor of Engineering Design, wishes he were a better skier. “That is to say, that I wish I could ski without hurting myself,” he says. Should he decide to, Krauss will have time during the next academic year to make his wish come true. As a recently named Fulbright Scholar, Krauss […]