Krishna elected 2016 the Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow

Sanjay Krishna, director of the University of New Mexico’s Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM), was one of 77 members of the Optical Society of America (OSA) elected to the latest class of OSA Fellows who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics. Krishna’s citation is for contributions to the development of infrared detectors and focal plane arrays.

Fellows of The Optical Society are elected based on their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics and are selected based on several factors, including specific scientific, engineering, and technological contributions, a record of significant publications or patents related to optics, technical or industry leadership in the field as well as service to OSA and the global optics community.
“The 2016 Fellows are excellent examples of leaders and innovators in the field of optics and photonics,” said Philip Russell, president, The Optical Society. “Being named a Fellow of the Optical Society was one of the most unforgettable moments of my career and The Optical Society is honored to recognize the outstanding service and contributions of the 2016 class of Fellows.”

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Sandia National Labs, UNM receives R&D 100 award: UNM's Jeff Brinker, Ying-Bing Jiang recognized

Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico received the 2015 Gold Award in Green Technology for the development of the CO2 memzyme.

It was selected as one of the 100 most technologically significant new projects of the year in the Mechanical/Materials category by R&D magazine. The CO2 memzyme is an extremely thin membrane to separate and capture carbon. This meets one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s targets to help reduce the threat of climate change.

The principal developers of the technology, include C. Jeffrey Brinker, UNM distinguished and regent’s professor in the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and in Chemistry, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. He is also co-director of the Center for Micro-Engineered Materials at UNM and a fellow at Sandia National Labs.

UNM's Forbes Isais named one of 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016

Geraldine Forbes Isais, dean of the University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning, was listed among DesignIntelligence’s 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016.

Annually, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals in these fields – architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture. Those selected for 2016 were chosen by the magazine’s staff with input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students. Educators and administrators from the above mentioned disciplines are considered for inclusion.

Of Forbes Isais, they wrote, “Regarded for her outstanding leadership at the university and setting a high bar for quality education and design, Geraldine Forbes Isais has also focused on expanding financial resources for student and faculty programs by engaging alumni and industry professionals in the school’s goals and activities.”

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UNM, LANL researchers team up to beef up fuel cell performance

UNM, LANL researchers team up to beef up fuel cell performanceLos Alamos National Laboratory scientist Saumen Chakraborty (Left) sets up chemical reactions with a newly synthesized gold material. LANL and The University of New Mexico research teams are working together to make strides in developing alternative energy technologies. Photo courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Better batteries and more efficient fuel cells are two holy grails of energy development.

Fuel cells convert hydrogen or biogas into electricity while emitting only heat and water, making them the darlings of a new energy economy that seeks to reduce pollutants from petroleum-fed cars.

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NASA, AFRL, UNM collaborate on spectrum research for better communications

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Project explores complications of nature on specific bandwidths

A rainstorm passing through Albuquerque can frizz your home television satellite signal, and degrade signals relaying data from space or across long distances at the radio frequencies we all use now. But what happens when you use frequencies much farther up the spectrum?

There is a new effort underway to understand some of the problems weather turbulence can cause at those higher frequencies.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and the University of New Mexico are working together on a project that explore climate impact on unused radio frequencies in the 70 to 80 gigahertz range.

The first step is to understand the effects of atmospheric turbulence near ground level. So NASA sent a team of experts from the Glenn Research Center in Ohio to install a transmitter on Sandia Crest. That transmitter has begun transmitting a continuous beam to receivers atop a building near the Albuquerque Sunport.

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