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Spotlight on Recent Breakthroughs and Publications

This is the inaugural edition of a quarterly bulletin highlighting recent research and publications by the School of Engineering faculty and students. To suggest items for future editions, please e-mail

Applied Physics

Small Protein, Big Discovery
Imagine detecting illness even before the symptoms. By using a nano-enhanced version of their patented microcavity biosensor, a team headed by Physics Professor Stephen Arnold was able to detect a single protein molecule smaller than all known markers.
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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Unraveling Genetic Underpinnings
The National Institutes of Health awarded the School of Engineering Associate Professor Jin Kim Montclare and NYU Associate Professor of Chemistry Yingkai Zhang a grant to study histones, scaffolding proteins that organize DNA. They are combining their expertise in computational chemistry and protein engineering to shed light on one of the key enzymes that modify histones. Their novel approach seeks to reveal the genetic underpinnings of diseases.
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Computer Science and Engineering

Privacy Law’s Unintended Consequence
This October, a paper by Professor Keith Ross and his fellow researchers will be presented to the Internet Measurement Conference revealing counter-intuitive findings: the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act directly puts the privacy of children under the age of 13 at risk on Facebook.
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

IEEE Honors the School of Engineering Professor for Research to Speed Mobile Data Transfer
Professor Elza Erkip has received the 2013 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication, given to an outstanding paper that appeared in any IEEE Communications Society publication in the previous 15 calendar years, a time frame that ensures that the winning piece has had a vital and long-lasting impact. Her paper explored cooperative communications.
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The Buffer Stops Here
Tired of inconsistent wireless streaming and ridiculously high data usage? Streamloading may be the answer. Professor Shivendra S. Panwar is the lead developer of this patent-pending technique which could significantly improve the speed and quality of streaming video—making it easier and less expensive to access content.
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Measuring Heart Rate from Within the Mouth
Industry Professor Michael Knox and researcher Gavin Vitale are developing a method to reliably monitor heart rate under difficult conditions such as natural disasters by detecting arterial wall movement through a mouth device using Radio Frequency (RF) electromagnetic waves.
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Developing a Small Wireless Electrophysiology System
Assistant Professor Jonathan Viventi and fellow researchers have designed a small-diameter and low-profile wireless electrophysiology system that may someday replace larger ones that are implanted in the brain to detect neurological disorders.
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Optimizing Web Traffic

Huawei Technologies recently awarded Professor and Department Head H. Jonathan Chao and Industry Associate Professor Kang Xi, an industry associate professor in the department, a two-year, $366,700 grant to support their research in the areas of routing, load balancing and resilience design—work that will help to ease Internet interruptions and slowdowns..
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National Chiao-Tung University Honors the School of Engineering's Spencer Szu-Pin Kuo
Professor Spencer Szu-pin Kuo, a professor of electrical engineering and noted researcher in microwave plasma interactions, has been named a distinguished alumnus of National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan, R.O.C.
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Millimeter Wave Paper Among Most Researched
Millimeter Wave Mobile Communications for 5G Cellular: It Will Work!, a recent journal paper co-authored by NYU WIRELESS Director Theodore (Ted) Rappaport and his students, was among the top 50 papers downloaded from the entire library of IEEE in the month of June.


Two Grants for NYU WIRELESS research
The National Science Foundation recently announced Associate Professor Sundeep Rangan, Professor Elza Erkip and Professor Theodore (Ted) Rappaport received a four year, $1.2 million research grant to fund research into millimeter-wave picocellular networks, capable of handling magnitudes more data transmission than today’s networks. And the Intel Corporation awarded Rappaport and a Princeton collaborator $250,000 over three years in its “Beyond 4G” award competition.
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Qualcomm Technologies Joins NYU WIRELESS Research Center
Qualcomm Technologies Inc. has joined the NYU WIRELESS research center as its fifth industrial affiliate sponsor and board member. NYU WIRELESS is a new research center at NYU and the School of Engineering that includes more than 20 faculty and 100 graduate students in engineering, computer science, and medicine.
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Finance and Risk Engineering

Transforming the Economic Model
The Keynes-Hayek debate shaped the politics of the world following World War Two. A controversial new article, authored by Assistant Professor, proposes a revolutionary change in the process of economic modeling. Maymin devised a set of algorithms that take into account the enormous number of complex, interwoven factors involved in predicting economic consequences.
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Scholars Honor Topfer Distinguished Professor Charles Tapiero
Notable contributors to Models and Methods in Economics and Management Science: Essays in Honor of Charles S. Tapiero explore some of the research directions and research interests pioneered by Charles S. Tapiero, founder and head of the School of Engineering's Finance and Risk Engineering Department.
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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Heavyweight Honor for Work on Lightweight Composites
Associate Professor Nikhil Gupta has been selected as the recipient of the ASM International Silver Medal, which recognizes a career of distinguished contributions in the field of materials science and engineering and service to the profession.
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Just Keep Swimming
The latest in a series of experiments testing the ability of robots to influence live animals shows that bio-inspired robots can not only elicit fear in zebrafish, but that this reaction can be modulated by alcohol. The findings by a team headed by Associate Professor Maurizio Porfiri may pave the way for new methodologies for understanding anxiety and other emotions, as well as substances that alter them.
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Go With the Flow
Doctoral candidate Flavia Tauro has been awarded an American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section Horton Research Grant to trace surface water flow using highly visible, eco-friendly tracer particles and remote digital acquisition devises for flow visualization. By utilizing this technique, Tauro will combine the efficiency and versatility of traditional tracing methods while improving their feasibility.
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Katepalli Sreenivasan Honored
the School of Engineering President Katepalli Sreenivasan, a distinguished experimental physicist whose research focuses on the behavior of fluids and turbulence, recently received two honors. He was elected to Accademia dei Lincei, the first academy of sciences established in what is now Italy. He was also appointed to the Eugene Kleiner Chair for Innovation in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering.
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Technology, Culture and Society

Researchers Honor the School of Engineering Environmental Psychologist for Work on Prison Design and More
Professor Rich Wener has been honored by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) with its 2013 Career Award, in recognition of substantial contributions to the discipline of environment and behavior research.
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“Sex, Lies, and Data Mining” at Aspen Ideas Festival
Among the carefully curated group of thinkers and leaders from around the world gathered for the Aspen Ideas Festival was R. Luke DuBois, an assistant professor of integrated digital. In addition to giving a lecture titled “Sex, Lies, and Data Mining” and participating in a panel discussion with other contemporary artists, DuBois took part in “The Art of Data,” a show mounted at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the Aspen campus until September 2.
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Technology Management and Innovation

Investigating On-Line Behavior
Associate Professor Oded Nov recently received two prestigious grants to further research into social online behavior. The National Academies’ Keck Futures Initiative provides seed funding for Nov and his collaborators to explore the patterns of building blocks through which individual human brains co-create society-scale “silicon brains” such as Wikipedia. A two-year Google Focus Research Award will enable his team to examine the factors that impact users’ interactions with and contributions to social media
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The Founding Conservatives: How a Group of Unsung Heroes Saved the American Revolution
David Lefer

In the first book to chronicle the critical role the Founding Fathers played in securing our freedom, Industry Professor David Lefer provides an insightful and gripping account of the birth of modern American conservatism and its impact on the earliest days of our nation.
Sentinel Books (Penguin Group) 2013



Nanophysics of Solar and Renewable Energy
Edward L. Wolf

Nanophysics of Solar and Renewable Energy by Applied Physics Professor Edward Wolf is an accessible textbook that provides an overview of solar to electric energy conversion, followed by a detailed look at one aspect, namely photovoltaics, including the underlying principles and fabrication methods.
Wiley-VCH 2012



Organic Chemistry Principles in Context: A Story Telling Historical Approach
Mark M. Green

This textbook by Mark Green, professor in the School of Engineering's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, takes a radical departure from the way all other textbooks of this subject are written. The principles of organic chemistry are discovered by investigation of the complex phenomena that arise from application of these principles, crossing the spectrum from the academic to the biological to the industrial.
ScienceFromAway (2012)

Polymer Products and Chemical Processes: Techniques, Analysis, and Applications
Eli M. Pearce, Richard A. Pethrick, and Gennady E. Zaikov

This new volume co-authored by Eli M. Pearce, a research professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, presents leading-edge research in the rapidly changing and evolving field of polymer science as well as on chemical processing. The topics in the book reflect the diversity of research advances in the production and application of modern polymeric materials and related areas, focusing on the preparation, characterization, and applications of polymers.
Apple Academic Press 2013


The Wheels That Drove New York: A History of the New York City Transit System
Roger P. Roess and Gene Sansone

The Wheels That Drove New York: A History of the New York City Transit System, co-authored by Civil and Urban Engineering Professor Roger P. Roess, tells the story of how a public transportation system helped transform a small trading community on the southern tip of Manhattan island to a world financial capital that is home to more than 8 million people.



Digital Image Forensics: There Is More to a Picture than Meets the Eye
Nasir Memon and Husrev Taha Sencar, editors

Digital Image Forensics: There Is More to a Picture than Meets the Eye, co-edited by Nasir Memon, professor and head of the School of Engineering's Computer Science and Engineering Department, analyzes the profound problems which have arisen alongside the ubiquitous digital image, issues of veracity and progeny.



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