For a half century, women have played leading roles in research, teaching and innovation at Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Today, engineering faculty also include women who completed their graduate or undergraduate degrees at Princeton. Spanning different disciplines and generations, each of them has made outstanding contributions in her respective field, and each exemplifies Princeton’s traditions of fundamental research and engineering in the service of humanity.
- Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021
- Thursday, Mar 25, 2021
It turns out there is such a thing as a “karma” machine, and it lives on the ground floor of Frick Laboratory.
The high-pressure, high-temperature furnace weighs 12,000 pounds, exerting as much pressure in a corner of the lab as three cars stacked on their noses. It’s the same age as some of the researchers working with it. It occasionally stops working for no discernible reason. And it requires fine motor skills and a surfeit of good cheer to keep it running.
- Tuesday, Mar 9, 2021
Four hundred years ago, no less a sailor than Sir Walter Raleigh set mathematicians the challenge of packing cannonballs onto the deck of a ship for maximum quantity. The astronomer Johannes Kepler offered a solution, later known as Kepler’s Conjecture – a mathematical equation we see today in supermarkets that stack oranges into pyramids.
- Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
Researchers in the Muir Lab have completed the first comprehensive analysis of cancer-associated histone mutations in the human genome, featuring both biochemical and cellular characterizations of these substrates. Their study reports that histone mutations that perturb nucleosome remodeling may contribute to the development or progression of a wide range of human cancers.
- Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021
In coming decades as coastal communities around the world are expected to encounter sea-level rise, the general expectation has been that people’s migration toward the coast will slow or reverse in many places.
However, new research co-authored by Princeton University scholars shows that migration to the coast could actually accelerate in some places despite sea-level change, contradicting current assumptions.
- Monday, Feb 15, 2021
How do you flatten a sphere?
For centuries, mapmakers have agonized over how to accurately display our round planet on anything other than a globe.
- Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021
Using that mission to help synthetic chemists at the bench, researchers have developed an open-source software tool that provides them with a state-of-the-art optimization algorithm for everyday work, folding what’s been learned in the machine learning optimization field into synthetic chemistry.
- Friday, Jan 29, 2021
As any cook knows, some liquids mix well with each other, but others do not.
- Friday, Jan 29, 2021
On April 1, 2020, as the pandemic threatened to overwhelm area hospitals, Andrew Leifer was looking for a way to help. The Princeton University physicist connected with doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia who were working to prevent a looming shortage in machines used to keep patients breathing.
- Monday, Jan 25, 2021
As the planet’s burden of rubber and plastic rises unabated, scientists look to the promise of closed-loop recycling to reduce trash. Researchers from Princeton University's Department of Chemistry have discovered a potentially game-changing new molecule with vast implications for fulfilling that promise.