Controls Engineer, Woman of the Year Honoree, & New Academic Leader (September 2016)

From September 26 thru 28, the Smart Industry 2016 conference will take place in Chicago, Illinois. At the conference, there will be a panel to explore “Bridging the Industrial IoT Skills Gap” and Andrew C. Young, VA E ’05, will be a panelist. Young is a process control manager at Pioneer Energy, Inc.

Read the article from Smart Industry with a Q&A with Young about the role of young professional working with the IIoT. “The technology underlying the internet of things (IoT) movement is synonymous with the future of controls engineering. The best feature of this field is the sense of infinite possibility,” said Young.


Margaret G. Guo, MA B ’16, has been named as a Top 30 honoree for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The selection committee whittled down from a record 517 nominees to 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions. According to the announcement, “the top 30 honorees have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership.”

Later this month, the committee will name nine finalists for the award. Guo is currently a joint MD-Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. She graduated with dual degrees in electrical engineering & computer science and bioengineering from MIT earlier this spring. She was was a member of the women’s swimming and diving program where she was a six-time All-Conference honoree in multiple events, a two-time NCAA All-American, and three-time NCAA All-America Honorable Mention recipient. Guo also holds three NEWMAC swimming records. Click here to read a press release from MIT.


The Chronicle of Higher Education profiled computer scientist and artificial intelligence authority figure Ron J. Brachman, Ph.D. (NJ D ’71) as he will begin his new role as the Director of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute this October. He will serve a five-year term as director of the Jacobs Institute, which embodies the academic partnership between Cornell University and the Technion Israel-Institute of Technology at Cornell Tech.

“It’s not just pushing the state of the art in AI or machine learning, but how does technology fit into the broader world,” said Dr. Brachman. Previously, he served as Yahoo’s chief scientist and head of Yahoo Labs. He was also one of the founders of Yahoo Research and served as the Director of the Information Processing Technology Office at DARPA. Dr. Brachman established the Cognitive Systems initiative, which developed the technology that led to the creation of Siri. Dr. Brachman will also become a member of the computer science faculty at Cornell University. Read more


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