Professor Howard Brenner, the Willard Henry Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been honored by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) with the General Electric Senior Research Award. The award was established in 1979 by ASEE's Engineering Research Council under the sponsorship of the General Electric Co. to honor an administrator or a faculty member "who has made significant contributions to engineering research, whether by expanding the frontiers of knowledge, by perfecting and applying the latest scientific advances to engineering problems, or by providing administrative leadership."
The award recognizes Professor Brenner's pioneering work in applying low Reynolds number fluid-mechanical principles to study the engineering properties of fluid-particle systems, typified by problems of flow in porous media, suspension rheology and sedimentation phenomena. His early work culminated in the 1965 book, "Low Reynolds Number Hydrodynamics," which is still one of the most widely cited references in the field of hydrodynamics. ASEE cited Professor Brenner as ".one of the most versatile physicochemical hydrodynamicists practicing today."
For the second year in a row, Dr. Jagadeesh Moodera, a research scientist at the Francis Bitter Magnet Lab, has won an IBM Partnership Award. The award of $44,000 "recognizes the quality of your program and its importance to our industry," according to a letter to Dr. Moodera from IBM. It was given for Dr. Moodera's research in ferromagnetic tunneling and for a tunnel junction magnetoresistance (JMR) device he and colleagues recently developed. The JMR device could vastly increase computer data storage capabilities (see MIT Tech, Talk 5/1/96).
Marcia K. McNutt, the Griswold Professor of Geophysics in earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences and MIT director of the MIT/WHOI joint program in oceanography, will be honored by the Cambridge YWCA at its tenth annual Tribute to Wo-men Luncheon on September 27. The event honors several women each year for their "contributions to their community, families and professions" and "who represent a diversity of race, age, occupation and endeavor" and who are positive role models.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 2, 1996.