Inventing the Future
Robert Ghrist Appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Robert Ghrist, Andrea Mitchell University Professor in Electrical and Systems Engineering and in Mathematics, has been appointed the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in Penn Engineering, effective July 1, 2023.
Ghrist is a pioneer in teaching calculus through electronic media, and his accolades as an educator include the Lindback Award, Penn’s highest cross-University honor for teaching, and Penn Engineering’s S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students in the School.
Announcing the Madison ‘Maddie’ Magee Award for Undergraduate Excellence
Penn Engineering is proud to announce the establishment of the Madison “Maddie” Magee Award for Undergraduate Excellence, named in honor of the memory of Madison “Maddie” N. Magee, who graduated with both a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) and a master’s degree in Bioengineering (BE) in 2021. Following her time at Penn, Maddie joined the Integrative Baseball Performance department of the Philadelphia Phillies, where she collaborated with a group in developing the next generation of baseball players by analyzing biomechanics data. Recipients will be Penn Engineering seniors who “exemplify the energy, enthusiasm, and excellence that was Maddie.”
Real or Fake Text? We Can Learn to Spot the Difference
A team of researchers led by Chris Callison-Burch, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS), along with Liam Dugan and Daphne Ippolito, Ph.D. students in CIS, demonstrate that people can learn to spot the difference between machine-generated and human-written text. Their peer-reviewed paper presented at the February 2023 meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
Play the “Real or Fake Text” Game
The Hidden Costs of AI: Impending Energy and Resource Strain
In a Q&A with Penn Today, Deep Jariwala and Benjamin C. Lee of the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering discuss how to better understand AI computing and its potential resource problems, including increasing energy and raw materials demands.
Future Leaders in Mechanobiology: Avilash Singh Yadav (Cornell)
ASSET Seminar: Automated Decision Making for Safety Critical Applications, Mykel Kochenderfer (Stanford University)
Spring 2023 GRASP SFI: Michael Chang, University of California, Berkeley, “Neural Software Abstractions: Learning Abstractions for Automatically Modeling and Manipulating Systems”
In Memoriam: Charles J. McMahon (1933-2022)
Charles J. McMahon, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, passed away on December 10, 2022, at the age of 89.
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