This has been a very eventful and exciting spring! We graduated our largest senior class ever. Aron Pinczuk and David Keyes received major School awards at Commencement Class Day. Gertrude Neumark received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree at Commencement and her patent on blue-green lasers led to the establishment of a new endowed chaired professorship in the department. Simon Billinge joined our faculty. Chris Wiggins was profiled in Scientific American. Latha Venkataraman won an NSF Career Award. One of our students, Lisa Chen, received a Fulbright Award.
In this issue, we report on these very exciting developments and much more! Our students report on their activities in aeronautics and astronautics on campus and also describe the NASA Glory Mission, including the interactions of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and APAM in this program. We also proudly profile the undergraduate and graduate students who won major departmental awards this year.
Thank you so much to our alumni and other friends of the department for keeping in touch and letting us know what you are doing!