Engineering FYI, April 2015

Phys.org profiled new Internet security technology being developed by Nirwan Ansari, Ph.D. (NJ G ’82), related to “a new method for distinguishing humans from computers.” The Completely Automated Public Turing-test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHA) is presented in a video rather than through distorted letters. Dr. Ansari is a Distinguished Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and is working with two of his former students.

“Current static CAPTCHAs can be easily breached now and so the idea was to make the test more robust. Machines do not have our eyes – our complex visual intelligence – and we exploit that advantage,” Dr. Ansari said. According to the article, his CAPTCHA technology has earned him his 25th patent since 2000 and Dr. Ansari has become a noted expert in “green communications.”

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Two Tau Beta Pi collegiate members were recently named Gates Cambridge Scholars among the 40 successful U.S. Scholars named for 2015. Allison M. Kindig, IA B 2015, is an industrial engineering senior at the University of Iowa. She will pursue a MPhil in Engineerng for Sustainable Development at Cambridge. She is a 2014 Tau Beta Pi Scholar, vice president of the Iowa Beta Chapter of TBP, and plans to be a part of the process of developing cost-effective solutions to help communities achieve energy and food security.

Shruti Sharma, MA B 2015, is majoring in materials science & engineering at MIT, will pursue a Ph.D. in engineering at Cambridge, and conducts research on the use of three dimensional printing for prosthetic prototyping and production.

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Ohio State University has opened a new chemistry and biomolecular engineering complex, the CBEC building, with grand opening celebrations planned for this week. The new building is promotes collaborative research among scientists and students. The new building is the first LEED-certified laboratory complex on Ohio State’s campus. That means the U.S. Green Building Council certifies that the 225,000-square-foot building is eco-friendly. The building comprises a six-story tower for offices and theoretical research connected by bridges to a four-story lab wing with experimental research and teaching spaces. Learn more about the new academic laboratory in an article from The Columbus Dispatch.

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