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Year-end Accolades for Resnick Fellows - June 12, 2016

Jackson Cahn and Michael Webb

Resnick Fellows Jackson Cahn and Michael Webb Named McCoy Award Winners.

Resnick Fellows Jackson Cahn (Arnold Group) and Michael Webb (Miller Group) have both been named recipients of the Herbert Newby McCoy Award given in recognition of outstanding achievement in research by Chemistry graduate students.

Cahn's thesis is titled "Engineering, Predicting, and Understanding Nicotinamide Cofactor Specificity". His research maps a general solution to a recurring protein engineering challenge that significantly accelerates the process of optimizing the function of newly designed biosynthetic pathways. It also provides a model for the development of further semi-rational protein engineering approaches to drive industrial biocatalysis forward. Learn More.

Michael Webb’s thesis is titled "Ion Transport in Polymer Electrolytes: Principles for Design". His research aims to improve rechargeable lithium-ion batteries via rational molecular design of enhanced and safer polymer electrolyte systems. Learn More.

Subrahmanyan Duvvuri

GALCIT Glory for Duvvuri

Resnick Fellow Subrahmanyam Duvvuri was awarded the 2016 Donald Coles Prize honoring the graduating Ph.D. student in Aeronautics whose thesis displays the best design of an experiment or the best design for a piece of experimental equipment.

Duvvuri won for his thesis work exploring the dynamics of non-linear scale interactions in a turbulent boundary layer. His experiment allows one to artificially force or excite multiple scales of velocity fluctuations simultaneously in a turbulent flow and study the resulting interactions between scales in a unique manner. The ideas advanced in his thesis are aimed towards a better scientific understanding of turbulence dynamics, which in turn aids in the development of robust turbulence models for engineering and scientific applications.

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Anton Toutov

Dow-Resnick Fellow Anton Toutov Awarded Demetriades-Tsafka-Kokkalis Prize in Entrepreneurship

Dow-Resnick fellow Anton Toutov was awarded the 2016 Demetriades-Tsafka-Kokkalis Prize in Entrepreneurship for discovering a new form of catalysis which has significant commercialization potential: one which employs Earth-abundant metals rather than precious metals to drive valuable chemical processes. This Nature-inspired catalysis is a substantially less expensive and more sustainable alternative to state-of-the-art methods, and also enables powerful processes that were previously unknown.

Anton has already identified a number of exciting applications including drug discovery, diagnostic medicine, and automobile emission control; demonstrating key precedents in all of these fields. His vision is to assemble a talented team of entrepreneurs, scientists, investors, industrial partners, and advisors in order to further develop this platform technology and subsequently bring it to market.

Endowed by Sterge Demetriades and his wife Anna Kokkalis Demetriades, the prestigious Demetriades-Tsafka-Kokkalis Prizes are announced annually at graduation and awarded to PhD candidates for the best thesis, publication, or discovery in several fields. The Entrepreneurship prize is awarded to a graduating student for the best business plan, proposal, start-up, or related efforts at Caltech.

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