February 10, 2021
University Professor Vivian Loftness was awarded the 2021 ARCC James Haecker Award for Distinguished Leadership in Architectural Research by the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC). This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the growth of research in architecture and related fields. Named in honor of ARCC’s founding executive secretary, the recipient of this prestigious award demonstrates a record of sustained and significant research leadership at the national and international levels. Lotness is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with over 30 years of building science research for industry and government. She has authored books, research reports and chapters on climate and regionalism in architecture, environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, and design for performance in the workplace of the future to enhance productivity, health and the triple bottom line. Find out more about Loftness.
Xinyu Wu, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department who studies the theoretical foundations of quantum computing, is one of five recipients of a 2021 Ada Lovelace Fellowship, presented by Microsoft Research. The three-year fellowships are awarded to second-year Ph.D. students who are pursuing research aligned with Microsoft Research. Wu said support from the fellowship will enable her to continue her work exploring what's possible with quantum computers. Her current research in this area includes improved constructions of pseudorandom quantum states and channels, as well as analyzing the average-case algorithmic complexity of quantum problems.