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Harvey Mudd Takes Novel Approach With New MOOCs

November 18, 2014

Students walk on the Harvey Mudd College campus near the Shanahan Center with Sprague Center in the background

Creating a massive open online course (MOOC) is not what one might expect from a small, residential liberal arts college with a focus on close faculty-student relationships and small class sizes. But that expertise in hands-on education is just what Harvey Mudd College faculty and students used to design three new MOOCs aimed at strengthening […]

Endowed Chair Appointments Include New Stauffer Chair

October 16, 2014

Hal Van Ryswyk

Harvey Mudd College has appointed Professor of Chemistry Hal Van Ryswyk to the inaugural John Stauffer Professorship in Chemistry, an endowed chair established in 2014 by the trustees of the John Stauffer Charitable Trust and with matching funds from the College. An important addition to the $150 million Campaign for Harvey Mudd College, the John […]

Senior Receives MAA Award

September 16, 2014

Ksenia Zakirova '15 and Michael Cork POM '16

Student researchers Ksenia Zakirova ’15 and Michael Cork POM ’16 recently received the Mathematical Association of America’s Outstanding Presentation Award at MathFest 2014, which took place Aug. 6–9 in Portland, Oregon. Every year the MAA recognizes a small number of students for “especially noteworthy presentations.” Their presentation, “Modeling and exploring chain fountain dynamics,” was based […]

NSF Awards Grant for Research on String Theory, Black Holes

June 13, 2014

Vatche Sahakian, associate professor of physics at Harvey Mudd College, was recently awarded a continuing three-year, $90,000 grant by the National Science Foundation for his research titled “Quantum Information in Matrix Black Holes and Black Hole Horizons in String Theory.” Sahakian’s ongoing project explores key ideas in string theory and quantum gravity, including the accounting […]

NSF Research Fellowships Awarded to Students, Alumni

April 4, 2014

Students walk on the Harvey Mudd College campus near the Shanahan Center with Sprague Center in the background

Four Harvey Mudd College seniors—Sam Gutekunst, Miranda Parker, Sheena Patel and Jeremy Usatine—are recipients of this year’s National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, which recognize outstanding students pursuing advanced degrees in the STEM disciplines. Seven recent Harvey Mudd graduates also received the prestigious fellowships. One current senior and 10 alumni received honorable mentions. The fellowship […]

Moody Lecture Explores the Mathematics Behind Biologically Inspired Design

March 24, 2014

Many natural systems have evolved to perform certain tasks—climbing, sensing, swimming—as perfectly as possible within the limits set by the laws of physics. This observation can be used both to guide engineering design and to gain insights into the form and function of biological systems. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Anette (Peko) Hosoi explores these themes […]

Donnelly Gets NSF Grant to Answer Plasma Physics Energy Question

October 15, 2013

Utilizing some of the most powerful laser systems in the world, Harvey Mudd researchers will create and study some of the smallest specimens. Physics Professor Tom Donnelly specializes in high-intensity, laser-matter interactions. In short, he points lasers at sub-micron targets, blasts them into plasma and studies the resulting particle properties and deposited energy. In the […]

Students Target N5800 Rocket Record

September 13, 2012

Physics major Chris Cotner ’13 and engineering major Carlo Vaccari ‘13 hope to break the N-class motor altitude record this weekend when they launch their custom-designed, supersonic rocket. Built over the summer at Harvey Mudd College, the rocket was created in response to the “Fly the N5800 to a Record Contest” announced last spring by […]

Cottrell Grant to Aid Materials Science Research

July 20, 2012

Assistant Professor of Physics Sharon Gerbode has received a Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement in support of materials science research. The two-year, $35,000 grant will fund efforts to solve a physics mystery, which may help point the way to the creation of more efficient solar cells. Pure crystalline materials […]