Harvard engineers have created an artificial muscle that recreates the twisting motion of heart muscle.
Prof. Stephen Chong, an expert in information security, has been named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow!
The $50,000 award will support his research program, which develops tools and techniques that ensure computer applications handle sensitive information securely. Learn more.
A new study has uncovered a previously unseen phenomenon — that curved surfaces can dramatically alter the shape of crystals as they form. The finding could have applications ranging from applying coatings to nanoparticles used in industry to aiding in drug delivery, and may even help shed light on how viruses assemble. Learn more.
Multimaterial 3D printing can be achieved using four independent print-heads. These fluoresence images show how a 4-layer lattice can be printed by sequentially depositing four inks, each dyed with a different fluorophore.
This technique has now been adapted with “bio-inks” to allow engineers to print tissue constructs with blood vessels and living cells. The work represents a major step toward a longstanding goal of tissue engineers: creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test the safety and effectiveness of drugs. Learn more.
(Photos courtesy of Jennifer Lewis, Harvard University.)
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Undergraduate Madeline Zhu ’14 attended the WECode (Women Engineers Code) Conference at Harvard University on Feb. 8 and 9. Here’s what she learned.
Kimber Lockhart doesn’t want women pursing computer science careers to become product managers. Or at least, not automatically. Too many women, she says, default to product management because they think that’s the only way to work with people or because they perceive software engineering as too technical.
“As more and more women go into product management, the engineering ratio goes way down and this is a problem,” Lockhart told the more than 350 undergraduate women from forty universities assembled for the inaugural WECode conference. The Senior Director of Web Application Engineering at Box, Inc., an online file sharing and cloud content management company, urged the aspiring computer scientists not to shy away from highly technical engineering positions.
The WECode conference was the brainchild of JN Fang ’16 and other members of Harvard Women in Computer Science (WICS). The conference included keynote speakers and workshops on technical skills like building Google Apps and using Palantir as well as résumé reviews and mock interviews with corporate recruiters. Panels of academics and professionals discussed topics such as big data, social impact technology, and technology in education. A series of ten-minute “lightning talks” offered insight into everything from computational biology to mobile applications in finance. On Sunday, the conference morphed into a hackathon, where participants formed teams, received guidance from many conference presenters, and competed for prizes.
More than a dozen corporate sponsors and recruiters from prominent companies such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft were there, but the tone of the weekend was community, not recruitment. Participants were paired with mentors for lunch and encouraged to exchange ideas and experiences.
Alice Lee, a first-year electrical engineering and computer science student at Tufts University, found comfort and inspiration. “There are so many people, especially guys, who know exactly what they’re doing and it’s terrifying,” she said. “It’s really, really reassuring to hear these women say that ‘that’s okay’ if that’s you.”
This is exactly what Fang envisioned—focusing on connecting and empowering engineers and computer scientists. “My primary purpose for this conference is to create a community,” she said. “I want participants to be able to find a support system here.”
Photo courtesy of Harvard Women in Computer Science.
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Harvard researchers have created an autonomous robotic construction crew. The system needs no supervisor, no eye in the sky, and no communication: just simple robots—any number of robots—that cooperate by modifying their environment. Learn more about the TERMES robots.
“WECode allows women to sit down together and have important conversations that might never have happened organically,” said Amy Yin ‘14, cofounder of Harvard Women in Computer Science. Harvard WICS organized a huge, 2-day conference this past weekend, full of speakers, workshops, social events, and an 8-hour hackathon. Read how Harvard is closing the gender gap.
(Photos courtesy of Harvard Women in Computer Science.)