https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Obituary-I--Norman-Katz,-senior-professor-of-electrical--systems-engineering,-86.aspx1008Obituary: I. Norman Katz, senior professor of electrical & systems engineering, 86<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Norman%20Katz.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>I. Norman Katz, longtime professor of electrical & systems engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 in New Jersey. He was 86.</p><p>Katz joined Washington University in St. Louis in 1967 as an associate professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. He was chair of the Department of Systems Science and Mathematics from 1987-2002 and was co-director of the B.S. program in Systems Science and Mathematics. Over the decades, he taught thousands of Engineering students to develop their reasoning and creative abilities and to think independently through dozens of courses, many of which he developed himself. He also published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals.</p><p>In 1983, he received a Distinguished Faculty Award from the university in recognition of his dedication to providing personal contact to students and creating a welcoming atmosphere while stimulating students to think. He also served as chair of the Affirmative Action Committee and of the Faculty Advisory Board and was Engineering School representative on the Senate Council.</p><p>Katz retired in 2015 after 48 years at Washington University and became <g class="gr_ gr_38 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="38" data-gr-id="38">senior</g> professor. He was honored in 2015 with several <g class="gr_ gr_39 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Grammar multiReplace" id="39" data-gr-id="39">other <g class="gr_ gr_40 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Grammar multiReplace" id="40" data-gr-id="40">faculty</g></g> who had served many decades in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering.</p><p>Prior to joining Washington University, Katz was at the AVCO Research and Advanced Development in Wilmington, Mass., starting in 1959 as a senior scientist, a section chief, and as manager of the mathematics department. He also served as a consultant to McDonnell Aircraft Co. from 1980-1990.</p><p>"For years, Dr. Katz would ride his bike to campus from west University City — it was a wondrous sight to see him biking back and forth, even as an older gentleman," said Rabbi Hershey Novack, co-director of the Chabad on Campus at Washington University. "He also chanted Torah with the precision of a scientist and the intonation of an artist. He must have done it for more than 70 years, and he was very talented."</p><p>Novack said Katz would often eat lunch with students in the sukkah during the holiday of Sukkot and remind them that he was a scholar of both the sciences and of Jewish law and literature. </p><p>Katz's research focused on the numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations, reliable algorithms, parallel computation <g class="gr_ gr_42 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="42" data-gr-id="42">and</g> finite element analysis. He helped to develop the p-version of the finite element method, which is now widely accepted as a reliable computational tool in the finite element analysis of elastic structures, heat transfer <g class="gr_ gr_43 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="43" data-gr-id="43">and</g> related fields, and is implemented in many commercial computer codes.</p><p>"The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University has a distinguished reputation in system science and analysis," said Aaron Bobick, James M. McKelvey Professor and Dean. "Professor Katz was critically important in developing that reputation and contributing to the rise of the School as both a research and education organization."</p><p>A New York native, Katz earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Yeshiva University in 1952 and 1954, respectively, and a doctorate in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959.</p><p>A memorial service was held for Katz Jan. 16 in Hackensack, NJ. He was buried Jan. 17 in Jerusalem, Israel. <br/></p>KatzBeth Miller 2019-01-17T06:00:00ZI. Norman Katz, longtime professor of electrical & systems engineering, died Jan. 15 at the age of 86.
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Top-WashU-Engineering-stories-of-2018.aspx984Top WashU Engineering stories of 2018<p>​WashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2018. Here are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2018:<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/top%2010%20stories%202018.jpg?RenditionID=12" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div class="newsauthor"><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Deans-Podcast-Engineering-the-Future.aspx" style="font-family: "libre baskerville", "times new roman", serif; font-size: 1.25em; background-color: #ffffff; color: #9e0918; outline: 0px;">1. Engineering the Future: The Future of Energy</a><br/></div><div><div data-queryruleid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"><div data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"><div>The first episode of Dean Aaron Bobick’s new podcast features Professors Vijay Ramani and Rich Axelbaum.</div><div><br/></div><div class="newsauthor"><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="/news/Pages/New-faculty-join-School-of-Engineering--Applied-Science-.aspx" style="background-color: #ffffff; font-family: "libre baskerville", "times new roman", serif; font-size: 1.25em;">2. New faculty join School of Engineering & Applied Science</a><br/></div><div><div data-queryruleid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"><div data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"><div><div class="newsauthor">A diverse group of new faculty joins the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, bringing the total number to 96.5 during the 2018-2019 academic year.<br/></div></div><div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Cancer-immunotherapy-target-of-WashU-mechanobiology-research.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">3. Cancer immunotherapy target of WashU mechanobiology research</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">One of the latest treatments for cancer is immunotherapy, which involves genetically modifying a patient’s own immune cells to fight tumor growth and spread. An engineer and an immunology researcher at Washington University in St. Louis are collaborating to find a better way to prepare and treat these immune cells to maximize their effectiveness in patients.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Sinopoli-named-chair-of-WashU-electrical-systems-engineering.aspx">4. Sinopoli named chair of WashU electrical & systems engineering</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Sinopoli represents 'a new generation of electrical engineers'<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> <h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"></h3><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/In-the-media-WashU-startup-SentiAR-Inc--awarded-$2-2M-NIH-grant.aspx">5. In the media: WashU startup SentiAR Inc. awarded $2.2M NIH grant</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">SentiAR Inc., a startup that spun out of Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Medicine and School of Engineering last year, has been getting a lot of media attention.<br/><br/></div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/New-imaging-technique-to-use-bioinspired-camera-to-study-tendon,-ligament-damage-.aspx">6. New imaging technique <g class="gr_ gr_46 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="46" data-gr-id="46">use</g> <g class="gr_ gr_44 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="44" data-gr-id="44">bioinspired</g> camera to study tendon, ligament damage</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor"><g class="gr_ gr_45 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="45" data-gr-id="45">Camera</g> uses polarized light to measure changes in ligament often injured by baseball pitchers<br/></div></div> <br/> </div></div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/A-first-look-at-McKelvey-Hall.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">7. A first look at McKelvey Hall</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">It’s the final piece of the East End Transformation at Washington University in St. Louis, and new renderings of James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall demonstrate how the building will incorporate seamlessly into the project.<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Bigger-proteins,-stronger-threads-Biosynthetic-spider-silk-Fuzhong-Zhang-Biomacromolecules.aspx">8. Bigger proteins, stronger threads: Synthetic spider silk</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Engineering scientists use bacteria to create biosynthetic silk threads stronger and tougher than before<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Making-sense-pictures-of-medical-data-Alvitta-Ottley.aspx">9. Making sense of pictures, medical data</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Improved visual communication with patients could lead to more informed health-care choices.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Hopeful-technology-could-change-detection-diagnosis-of-deadly-ovarian-cancer.aspx">10. 'Hopeful technology' could change detection, diagnosis of deadly ovarian cancer</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Ovarian cancer claims the lives of more than 14,000 women in the U.S. each year, ranking fifth among cancer deaths in women. A multidisciplinary team at Washington University in St. Louis <g class="gr_ gr_41 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="41" data-gr-id="41">has</g> found an innovative way to use sound and light, or photoacoustic, imaging to diagnose ovarian tumors, which may lead to a promising new diagnostic imaging technique to improve <g class="gr_ gr_40 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="40" data-gr-id="40">current</g> standard of care for patients with ovarian cancer. <br/></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>#washuengineers top social media posts of the year<br/></h3><div><strong></strong></div><div><p><strong>facebook:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/washuengineering/videos/10155903636723095/">Engineering alumnus Bob Behnken chosen as one of NASA's astronauts who will fly spacecraft to and from the International Space Station.</a><br/></p><p><strong>twitter:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="https://twitter.com/WashUengineers/status/973253695117971461">Who earned the first U.S. medal of the 2018 @Paralympics? A WashU engineer — Kendall Gretsch '14!</a><br/></p><p><strong>instagram: </strong><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhHtv6LBaP5/">Catch 'em if you can. More rain in #STL now... #WashU #cherryblossoms</a><br/></p></div></div><p><br/></p>2018-12-17T06:00:00ZWashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2018. These are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2018.
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/The-Discoverer-Lan-Yang.aspx979The Discoverer: Lan Yang<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Yang_Lan.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" contenteditable="false"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read da185ba3-2092-469b-94f0-2e37e84d06cc" id="div_da185ba3-2092-469b-94f0-2e37e84d06cc"></div><div id="vid_da185ba3-2092-469b-94f0-2e37e84d06cc" style="display: none;"></div></div><p>Being dedicated, curious and having a self-described persistence and “passion for science” has contributed to Yang’s already successful career. In 2010, she was honored by President Barack Obama with a <a href="/news/Pages/WUSTL-scientist-wins-prestigious-Presidential-Early-Career-Award.aspx" style="box-sizing: inherit;">Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers</a> (PECASE).</p><p>It was because of that curiosity that she once took a course in entrepreneurship. She filed her first patent as a graduate student. Now Yang, the Edwin H. and Florence G. Skinner Professor in the <a href="http://engineering.wustl.edu/" style="box-sizing: inherit;">School of Engineering & Applied Science</a> at Washington University in St. Louis, holds the most patents and disclosures of any female faculty member.<br/></p><p><a href="https://fuse.wustl.edu/the-discoverer-lan-yang/">>> Read the full article on FUSE</a><br/></p><span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>Lan Yang<br/></h3><div style="text-align: left;"><ul style="color: #343434; padding-left: 20px; caret-color: #343434;"><li>Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor</li><li>Expertise: Photonics, optical sensing, microresonators, lasers, non-Hermitian physics, parity-time symmetry in photonics<br/></li></ul></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Lan-Yang.aspx">>> ​View Bio</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <br/> </div><div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="https://ese.wustl.edu/Pages/default.aspx">>> Electrical & Systems Engineering</a>​<br/></div></div></span><span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>More research from Professor Lan Yang </h3><div><ul><li> <a href="/news/Pages/Breaking-the-laws-of-science.aspx"><span style="font-size: 1em;">Breaking the laws of science</span></a></li><li> <span style="font-size: 1em;"><a href="/news/Pages/Engineers-find-a-way-to-win-in-laser-performance-by-losing.aspx">Engineers find a way to win in laser performance by losing</a> </span></li><li> <span style="font-size: 1em;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Engineers-develop-new-sensor-to-detect-tiny-individual-nanoparticles.aspx">Engineers develop new sensor to detect tiny individual nanoparticles</a></span></li></ul></div></div></span>FUSEhttps://fuse.wustl.edu/the-discoverer-lan-yang/2018-12-04T06:00:00ZWashU Women Innovate: At 14, inspired by stories of world-changing science and new technologies, Lan Yang was so committed to becoming a scientist, she went on a hunger strike.<p>WashU Women Innovate: At 14, inspired by stories of world-changing science and new technologies, Lan Yang was so committed to becoming a scientist, she went on a hunger strike. <a href="https://fuse.wustl.edu/the-discoverer-lan-yang/">>> Read the full article on FUSE</a><br/></p>
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Yang-hosts-Nature-Communications-photonics-conference-at-WashU.aspx953Yang hosts Nature Communications photonics conference at WashU<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Yang_Lan.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>Nearly 100 of the world's leading experts in photonics, the technology involving the properties and transmission of photons, will converge on Washington University in St. Louis Nov. 11-13 to share the latest research and advances in topological photonics, from concepts to devices.</p><p>Lan Yang, the Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, is hosting the <a href="https://www.nature.com/natureconferences/tpcd18/index.html">global conference</a>, sponsored by <em>Nature Communications</em>, a high-impact, peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers the natural sciences, such as physics, chemistry, biology <g class="gr_ gr_27 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="27" data-gr-id="27">and</g> Earth sciences. In addition to photonics, the conference will include sessions on topological effects in 2D systems as well as lasers and devices.</p><p>Yang, a faculty member in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, is internationally renowned for her research in photonics and her Micro/Nano Photonics Research Group, which focuses on the silicon-chip-based, ultra-high-quality micro-resonators and their applications for sensing, lasing, nonlinear optics, environmental monitoring, biomedical research and communication.</p><p>Recently, Yang has published results of novel research in the loss-gain phenomenon. She and her team were able to provide new schemes and techniques to engineer a physical system by controlling loss. Further, she invented a new technique to control lasing emissions from an on-chip microlaser. In addition, her team demonstrated for the first time the transfer of chaos between two largely detuned optical fields mediated by <g class="gr_ gr_26 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="26" data-gr-id="26">opto-mechanical</g> effects in a high-quality micro-resonator. </p><p>Yang's team works on fabrication, characterization and fundamental understanding of advanced nano/micro-photonic devices with outstanding optical properties or novel features for unconventional control of light flow. Her group has demonstrated the first on-chip micro-resonator-based particle sensors that can achieve not only detection but also size measurement of single nanoparticles one by one.</p><p>Yang has received numerous honors, including recently being named editor-in-chief of <em>Photonics Research</em>, a journal published by The Optical Society (OSA). During her three-year term, which begins Jan. 1, 2019, she will provide editorial oversight of the journal, which publishes fundamental and applied research progress in optics and photonics. She also joins the OSA Board of Editors. Yang was elected a Fellow of OSA in 2016.</p><p>In 2011, she was honored by President Barack Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. In 2010, she earned a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. She joined the Washington University in St. Louis faculty in 2007.<br/></p><SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><p><br/></p><span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>Lan Yang<br/></h3><div style="text-align: left;"><ul style="padding-left: 20px; caret-color: #343434; color: #343434;"><li>Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor</li><li>Expertise: Photonics, optical sensing, microresonators, lasers, non-Hermitian physics, parity-time symmetry in photonics<br/></li></ul></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Lan-Yang.aspx">>> ​View Bio</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <br/> </div><div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="https://ese.wustl.edu/Pages/default.aspx">>> Electrical & Systems Engineering</a>​<br/></div></div></span> <span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>More research from Professor Lan Yang </h3><div><ul><li> <a href="/news/Pages/Breaking-the-laws-of-science.aspx"> <span style="font-size: 1em;">Breaking the laws of science</span></a></li><li> <span style="font-size: 1em;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Engineers-find-a-way-to-win-in-laser-performance-by-losing.aspx">Engineers find a way to win in laser performance by losing</a> </span></li><li> <span style="font-size: 1em;"><a href="/news/Pages/Engineers-develop-new-sensor-to-detect-tiny-individual-nanoparticles.aspx">Engineers develop new sensor to detect tiny individual nanoparticles</a></span></li></ul></div></div></span><br/>Beth Miller 2018-10-30T05:00:00ZLan Yang will host a global conference on photonics at WashU Nov. 11-13.<p>Named editor-in-chief of Photonics Research<br/></p>
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Checking-in-with-the-Class-of-2021.aspx947Checking in with the Class of 2021<div class="youtube-wrap"><div class="iframe-container"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ok-H6fFKums" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe> <br/> <br/> <br/></div></div><br/><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Tague.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><strong></strong><strong>What’s up with Tim Tague</strong><br/>Since we last met Tague, he has changed majors from mechanical engineering to systems engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and now plans to minor in the business of sports at Olin Business School. Tague is a member of both the football and baseball teams and hopes to work for a sports team or a technology company that works in the sports arena after graduation.<div><br/>“I had never heard of systems engineering, but then I took a freshman seminar and learned how systems engineering uses applied math and computer science to model and maximize various systems,” Tague explained. “In sports, that can mean anything from how to maximize ticket sales to where to place outfielders. A lot of people think data analytics in sports is excessive, but I find it fascinating.”</div><div><br/>Tague said his first year at Washington University reaffirmed his decision to play Division III ball. He is a quarterback for the football team and a pitcher for the baseball team.</div><div><br/>“Being able to play both sports that I love and attend a school with the academics of WashU was really the right choice for me,” Tague said. “And our athletic director, Anthony Azama, is a huge positive. He was new when I started, but I don’t think there is a better AD at any school or in any division.”<br/></div>TagueDiane Toroian Keaggyhttps://source.wustl.edu/2018/10/checking-in-with-the-class-of-2021/2018-10-18T05:00:00Z​A lot has changed for football player Tim Tague of Orinda, Calif., since he shot a second of video during their first 40 days at Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. Here, he shares his new goals and reflections on his first year.<p>​A lot has changed for football player Tim Tague of Orinda, Calif., since he shot a second of video during their first 40 days at Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. Here, he shares his new goals and reflections on his first year.<br/></p>