Category: "Faculty"

Endowed Chair Appointments Include New Stauffer Chair

October 16, 2014

Hal Van Ryswyk Harvey Mudd College has appointed Professor of Chemistry Hal Van Ryswyk to the inaugural John Stauffer Professorship in Chemistry, an endowed chair established in 2014 by the trustees of the John Stauffer Charitable Trust and with matching funds from the College. An important addition to the $150 million Campaign for Harvey Mudd […]

Steinberg Named Lewis Chair of Sustainability and Society

January 9, 2014

Paul Steinberg, professor of political science and environmental policy, has been named to the newly established Malcolm Lewis Chair of Sustainability and Society, created with a gift from Cindy Lewis, wife of the late Malcolm Lewis ’67. The endowed faculty chair honors Lewis’ legacy of socially aware, continuous innovation in energy and environmental sustainability. It […]

Film Offers Social Science Insights on How to Save the Planet

December 13, 2013

Screen grab of social rules project

During the last 20 years, social scientists have published a vast research literature exploring what it will take to shift society onto a more sustainable path. Determined to share these results with a broader public, Paul Steinberg has worked with more than 100 students to create entertaining multimedia educational tools. Now one of those tools—an […]

Alves Got Gamelan and, Maybe, a Grammy

November 1, 2013

Bill Alves plays Gamelan

Come January, Harvey Mudd College Gamelan founder and music Professor Bill Alves may be headed for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. His piece, “Concerto for Violin and Gamelan” has been nominated for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition.” “I’m not breaking out the tux yet, but I’m happy to be on the list,” said Alves, chair of […]

Inspiration at Grace Hopper Conference

October 21, 2013

For a small, liberal arts school, Harvey Mudd College enjoyed a big welcome this month at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Minneapolis. “It seemed like everyone was talking about Harvey Mudd and our success recruiting and supporting women,” said Colleen Lewis, assistant professor of computer science, who coordinated this year’s conference […]

Spur More, Better Computer Science Teachers

October 18, 2013

Tough problems await creative answers. So when Harvey Mudd College computer science Professor Colleen Lewis saw the challenge high school computer science teachers, especially beginners, face in making the subject comprehensible for their young audiences, she proposed an innovative solution. It’s one she hopes will inspire more instructors to teach the subject. Lewis recently received […]

Harvey Mudd Professor First American Awarded Colombian Math Prize

October 16, 2013

Nearly 500 people petitioned for rule changes that would allow his nomination. Among their reasons, they cited Harvey Mudd College mathematics Professor Alfonso Castro’s involvement with the Colombian mathematical community. He co-authored 14 of his published papers with Colombian mathematicians, advised six Colombian doctoral students, and organized four national Colombian mathematical meetings. He introduced specialists […]

Donnelly Gets NSF Grant to Answer Plasma Physics Energy Question

October 15, 2013

Utilizing some of the most powerful laser systems in the world, Harvey Mudd researchers will create and study some of the smallest specimens. Physics Professor Tom Donnelly specializes in high-intensity, laser-matter interactions. In short, he points lasers at sub-micron targets, blasts them into plasma and studies the resulting particle properties and deposited energy. In the […]

Four Faculty Members Hired

September 17, 2013

They are not the Avengers, yet the lineup sounds like a squad of science superheroes. One traps atomic ions. Another decodes how insect communication—such as the honeybee’s waggle dance—affects group behavior. The others explore topics such as graph theory and how the science of friction, wear and lubrication impacts everything from your morning shave to […]

NSF Grant to Fund New Alloy Development

May 30, 2013

Harvey Mudd College has received a National Science Foundation grant to support international undergraduate research toward the development of stronger metallic alloys. The three-year, $223,438 grant will fund a collaborative project between HMC and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Led by engineering Professor Lori Bassman, the project will engage students in […]