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February 10, 2021

Personal Mention

Peter Adams, head of Engineering and Public Policy and a professor in EPP and civil and environmental engineering, has been appointed a Thomas Lord Professor of Engineering. The chair honors an educator whose work has had a profound impact on the university, his or her academic field and society. Adams' research expertise lies in the development of air quality models, atmospheric particulate matter, climate change and the application of chemical transport modeling to policy questions. He has served on the EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Particulate Matter Review Panel and other advisory committees at the state and local levels. He has received awards from the Air and Waste Management Association as well as the American Association for Aerosol Research. Adams' research tackles some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the world today. Learn more about Adams.

portrait of Vivian LoftnessUniversity 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.

portrait of Xinjy WuXinyu 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.