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Caltech recognized 13 faculty members with the Institute's most distinguished award for individual faculty, a named professorship, and six faculty members with leadership chairs.
Over the last year, Caltech recognized 13 faculty members with the Institute's most distinguished award for individual faculty, a named professorship, and six faculty members with leadership chairs. These honors provide faculty with additional resources to pursue their ideas while they continue to mentor future generations. KNI Fletcher Jones Foundation director Julia R. Greer was one of the recipients.
Julia Greer is a pioneer of "nanoarchitected materials" that are created using additive manufacturing, geometrical design, and chemical synthesis. Such "meta-materials" do not exist in nature but rather are created through engineering multi-scale microstructural hierarchies. The applications of her research span chemical and biological devices; ultralightweight energy-storage systems like batteries; durable, damage-tolerant fabrics; additive manufacturing; and smart, multifunctional materials.
Each named professorship brings its own distinct legacy. Many professorships, for instance, have long-standing histories and pass a tradition of discovery and exploration from one academic generation to the next, from one colleague to another. A professorship may also provide a faculty member with an opportunity to forge meaningful connections with the philanthropists who made the award possible.
A leadership chair generates discretionary funds that enable academic leaders to support innovative research projects with potential for scientific and societal impact and to support Caltech's educational mission and outreach programs.
Article produced by Caltech's media relations team. Read the full text on Caltech's main website here.