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Montañez Receives IEEE SMC Best Paper Honors

October 16, 2017

George Montañez, photo by Laszlo Bencze

George Montañez, a computer science faculty member at Harvey Mudd College, has won the IEEE SMC Award for best student paper at the 2017 IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society Conference. Montañez presented the paper “The Famine of Forte: Few Search Problems Greatly Favor Your Algorithm” to conference attendees this month in Banff, Canada. “In […]

Bingo Paradox

September 26, 2017

Arthur Benjamin, mathematics professor at Harvey Mudd College

In 29 years of teaching at Harvey Mudd College, Arthur Benjamin, the Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics, has seen almost every possible mathematical paradox, especially ones that involve probability and games of chance. That’s why he was astonished when a former student introduced him to the Bingo Paradox. The Bingo Paradox, as presented in the […]

It’s all Relative. Or is it?

September 21, 2017

Vatche Sahakian

Recent developments in physics seem to point to a foundational rethinking of our understanding of physics principles and the notion of space-time. Harvey Mudd College physics professor Vatche Sahakian has begun research aimed at the ultimate resolution of these puzzles with “RUI: Emergent Spacetime in Matrix Theory,” a project recently funded by the National Science Foundation […]

Access Granted to NSF Resources

September 20, 2017

Mike Erlinger

Professor Mike Erlinger’s early days at Harvey Mudd College were also the early days of computer networking. Joining the College faculty in 1981, he contributed to the development of the Computer Science Department and has since built a career working extensively in network security and management as well as K–12 computer science education. Now, two […]

Vosburg Book Seeks to Bridge Science and Religion

September 20, 2017

David Vosburg

Harvey Mudd chemistry professor David Vosburg and spouse, Kate Vosburg, have co-authored a new book, Jesus, Beginnings, and Science: a Guide for Group Conversation, which they hope will increase dialogue and understanding between scientific and religious communities. “Like efforts from the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, our book aims to […]

Biology Professor Receives NSF Funding

September 5, 2017

Dan Stoebel

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $112,226 to Harvey Mudd College Professor of Biology Daniel Stoebel for his project “RUI: The transcriptional response to quantitative variation in RpoS concentration in E. coli.” The award is expected to total $327,962 over three years. This proposal will expand opportunities for students in many ways, […]

Engineering by (Re)Design

August 9, 2017

E79 students

Engineers are known for taking things apart to determine how they work and then making improvements before putting them back together. That’s exactly what the Harvey Mudd College Department of Engineering did from 2014 to 2016 with the redesign of its Introduction to Engineering Systems course, and a recent paper on the experience has garnered […]

NSF Grant Supports Storage-System Research

August 8, 2017

Geoff Kuenning consults with two students during a class

To help enhance the quality of systems research, the National Science Foundation has awarded Harvey Mudd College computer science professor Geoff Kuenning a grant totaling $161,186. The project, “Collaborative Research: CI-SUSTAIN: National File System Trace Repository,” will help alleviate a longstanding problem in the study of computer systems: the difficulty of providing workloads to drive […]

NSF Grant Supports Inorganic Chemistry Education

July 26, 2017

Harvey Mudd chemistry professor Adam Johnson

Inorganic chemistry is a diverse field with research areas ranging from understanding biological systems to making new materials and is critical to solving many STEM-related societal issues. So, improving student learning and interest in inorganic chemistry is a national imperative. Encouraging faculty to adopt teaching strategies that engage and inspire students to continue in STEM […]