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2017 News

Oct. 13-15
Group retreat @ Alpine Meadows
August 15
Welcome to Paolo Celli and Brian Ramirez, new post doctoral scholars in the group
August 3,4
Congratulations to Luca, Sebastian and Jan for succesfully defending their PhDs!
July 8
Congratulation to our very own soccer team for winning the Caltech indoor tournament!
May 15
Welcome to Sharan Sai Injeti, a new PhD student in the group (co-advised with Prof. Bhattacharya)
May 4
Spring group party!
May 1
Welcome to Behrooz Yousefzadeh, new post doctoral scholar in the group
April 23
Check out this video on how we and others at Caltech support diversity
April 1
Welcome to Linghui Wang and Connor McMahan, two new graduate students in the group
Mar 29
Congratulations to Marc Serra Garcia for defending his PhD today!
Jan 30
Chiara Daraio, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics, and colleagues have developed an artificial skin capable of detecting temperature changes using a mechanism similar to the one used by the organ that allows pit vipers to sense their prey. [Caltech story]
Jan 28
The group and labs have moved to Pasadena. We are excited to continue our work at Caltech!

2016 News

Dec 7
Group’s winter Holiday Party (thank you Luca and Wei-Hsun for hosting!)
Dec 2
Congratulations Neel for defending his doctoral dissertation
Oct 6
Congratulations to Dr. Neel Nadkarni, for receiving the Ernest E. Sechler award in Aeronautics at Caltech. The award is given to an aeronautics students who has made the most significant contribution to the teaching and research effort in Galcit. Well done Neel!
Aug 8
Chiara Daraio, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics, Professors Dennis M. Kochmann and colleagues from Harvard have designed and created mechanical chains made of soft matter that can transmit signals across long distances. [Caltech story]
Apr 18
Congratulations to Dr. Hayden Burgoyne for a brilliant PhD defense on Friday. Well done Hayden!
Apr 2
Congratulations to Anton “Toni” Bauhofer (www.tonibauhofer.de ) for making it into the final round of the show “Die grössten Schweizer Talente” (dgst.srf.ch) tonight. The final round will be on April 9th, 2016. “Go Toni”!
Mar 22
“Spark Award Finalists”. An invention by Marc Serra Garcia, Tom Reuter, Clara Beck and Prof. Chiara Daraio is among the finalists of the ETH Zurich Spark Award 2016.
Mar 21
Professor Daraio gives the inauguration speech for the academic year 2015/16 (LINK) at the Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Italy, her Alma Mater (in Italian).
Feb 15
Welcome to Tuja Batbajar, new PhD Student in our group!

2015 News

Dec 14
Congratulations to André Foehr for receiving the ETH Research Grant.
Nov 14
Congratulations to Dr. Osama R. Bilal for receiving the prestigious ETH postdoctoral fellowship!
Nov 6
Our latest artcile published on Physics Today!
Oct 1
Welcome back to Antonio Palermo, visiting PhD student from University of Bologna
Sep 29
Congratulations to Mr. Matthieu Ulrici, who did his research internship in our group for receiving the " Félicitations du jury" award from the panel of research internships at École polytechnique! The student will receive his prize during a ceremony to be held at École polytechnique on Thursday 22nd October 2015 at 10:30 am.
Aug 27
Looking forward to the Group Retreat in September 11-13!!
Aug 17
Welcome to Dr. Eleftheria Roumeli & Dr. Osama Bilal, new postdocs.
Aug 17
Welcome to Andrei Constantinescu, Guest Professor.
Aug 6
A unique 3D printing technique developed in collaboration with Disney Research is presented at SIGGRAPH 2015 in Los Angeles. Press Release!
Jul 6
Group summer party taking place on July 6th at the Zurich lake!!
Jun 25
The research on acoustic lenses in Prof. Daraio’s group has been featured in a new news article! Link!
Jun 22
Prof. Daraio is a member of the Scientific Committee of the 10th International Conference on Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials (MTDM 2016). The conference will be held from May 17th to May 20th at Arts et Métiers ParisTech in Paris, France Link!
Jun 15
Congratulations to Sebastian Krödel for his Invited Lectures on Phononics 2015!
Jun 15
Congratulations to Jan Rys for winning 2nd Prize Poster Award at the MaP Competence Center for Materials and Processes, Graduate Symposium 2015!
Jun 15
Congratulations to Wei-Hsun Lin for defending his PhD thesis!
Jun 15
Congratulations to the TapTools team for their second place in the "venture" start-up competition 2015!
Jun 1
Our research on plant nanobionic materials is highlighted on Physicstoday!
Jun 15
Welcome to Linus Haug. Intrern student.
Jun 1
Welcome to Patrizia Benzoni, visiting PhD student from the University of Brescia.
May 25
Welcome to Yvette Holguin, visiting PhD student.
May 15
Congratulations to Prof. Daraio for her Closing Plenary lecture @ Eurographics 2015, Conference of the European Association for Computer Graphics! Read paper
May 15
Congratulations to Marc Serra Garcia wining the 2015 ICU Award, RWB Stephens Honorable Mention Award !! Read paper
May 11
Welcome to Neel Nadkarni, visiting PhD student from Caltech!
May 4
Welcome to Francesca Grilli, visiting Master student from University of Milan.
May 4
Welcome to Maria Chiara Cavalli , PhD student.
May 1
Welcome to Anton Bauhofer, PhD student.
Apr 15
Congratulations to Raf and Prof. Daraio for publishing a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences!! Read paper
Mar 16
Welcome to Chenzhang Zhou & Matthieu Ulrici , visiting students.
Mar 2
Welcome to Arno Römmeler, PhD student.
Mar 1
Welcome to André Foehr, PhD student.
Feb 2
Welcome to Antonio Palermo, visiting PhD student from University of Bologna, ITALY.

2014 News

Dec 17
Congratulations to Joseph Lydon for defending his PhD thesis at Caltech!
Nov 28
Congratulations to Clara Beck and Tom Reuter for winning the "Pioneer Fellowship" 2014 with the Solitonik project!
Oct 15
Congratulations to Nicolas Thome for receiving the "Prix Chaire Andre Citroen" from Ecole Polytechnique, for the work done for his Bachelor Thesis at ETH Zurich, with the mentoring of Sebastian Krödel.
Oct 2
Oct. 2nd, 2014 Congratulations to Joseph Lydon, Marc Serra Garcia and Prof. Daraio for their paper "Local to extended transitions of resonant defect modes" published in PRL and selected as "PRL Editors' Suggestion".
Sep 26-28
Group retreat 2014 at Unterwasser, CH.
Sep 23
Congratulations to Thevamaran for defending his PhD thesis at Caltech!
Sep 20
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Mechmat FC wins the D-MAVT soccer championship! We are the champions!!!
Sep 19
Goodbye party for Thevamaran and Mythili, for their last day at ETH! Thank you for all your great work and best wishes for the new adventures!
Sep 12
Prof. Daraio gives a plenary talk at the IEEE on Analysis and Applications of Nonsmooth Systems
Aug 19
Group summer party! Pizza at the park!!
Aug 13
Prof. Daraio delivers a plenary lecture in Cambridge, UK, at the SIAM Conference On Nonlinear Waves And Coherent Structures, at Churchill College
Jul 11
Congratulations to Thevamaran Ramathasan, for receiving the 2nd prize at the BSSM Young Stress Analyst competition!
Jun 18
Congratulations to A. Leonard, F. Fraternali and Prof. Daraio for winning the 2015 M. Hetenyi Award for the having co-authored the Best Research Paper published in Experimental Mechanics in the year 2013 PDF
May 28
Truss Me! Competition at ETH. Read more about it on the iMechanica Blog
Apr 13
Congratulations to Solitonik for winning the Zurich Smart Start Award!
Apr 7
Welcome to Nicolas Thome, visiting us from Ecole Polytechnique
Mar 27
Congratulations to Dr. Ludovica Lattanzi for successfully defending her Ph.D!!!
Jan 17
Congratulations to Namiko and Terry for making it in Science Editor's Choice!
Jan 17
Our new nonlinear acoustic lens is on Phys.org!

2013 News

Dec 8
Prof. Daraio's talk at the SIAM Conference on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations link (Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA)
Dec 13
Traditional nonlinear holiday party at Prof. Daraio's place
Oct 7
Congratulations to Neel for passing his Candidacy exam!
Oct 12
Professor Daraio receives the Premio Gentile da Fabriano link (in italian)
Sep 23-25
Daraio Group 2013 retreat photo
Daraio group retreat @ Rigi Mountain
Jul 10
Paul Anzel received a Third Place (Honorable Mention) in the Phononics 2013 ONR Global Best Student Poster Presentation Award. Congratulations!
Jun 1
Welcome to Dominique Lorandt, our group's new administrative assistant
Apr 25
Congratulations Hayden Burgoyne for winning a NASA Graduate Research Fellowship! USA.gov
Jan 1
The Daraio Group has moved! We have relocated to the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zürich ETH Home page

2012 News

Dec 14
Nonlinear holiday party at Prof. Daraio's place
Dec 7
Congratulations to Joseph for passing his candidacy exam
Dec 4
Congratulations to Wei-Hsun for passing his candidacy exam
Sep 5-8
Daraio Group 2012 retreat photo
Daraio group retreat @ Pali Mountain
Jul 24
Professor Daraio receives a 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at the White House Caltech Press ReleaseWhite House Press Release
Jun 12
Congratulations to Jordan for winning the Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prize in Nanotechnology (for best thesis)
May 25
Our research has been featured in the NSF Highlights as "Crystals Made of Multiple Materials Have Revolutionary Behaviors" NSF Highlights
Mar 21
Ultimate frisbee game at the North Field: Daraio group vs. Astronomy
Mar 6
Congratulations to Andrea Leonard for being selected in the US representative to travel to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this summer
Mar 6
Congratulations to Dr. Jordan Robert Raney for successfully defending his Ph.D!!!
Jan 27
Solid Mechanics Research Symposium Symposium website

2011 News

Dec 6
Nonlinear holiday party at Prof. Daraio's place
Oct 12
Professor Daraio has been has been named the 2012 Journal of Strain Analysis (JSA) Young Investigator Lecturer by the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
Sep 30
BIG DAY! 
Congratulations to Terry for passing his qualifying exam, 
and Congratulations to Dr. Devvrath Khatri for successfully defending his Ph.D!!!
Sep 29
Prof. Daraio has been featured in the JFK 50 Legacy gallery of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Watch the recording at JFK 50 years
Sep 24
Prof. Daraio is on the Italian Radio. Listen to the podcast (in Italian) Radio 24
Sep 8
Welcome to Luca Bonanomi, a new visiting student in our lab
Sep 6
Congratulations to Deva for passing his qualifying exam!
Aug 8
Our Acoustic Diode is on TV! Watch Nick on KTLA
Aug 8
Welcome back Prof. Fraternali and Ludovica Lattanzi
Jul 26
Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas Boechler, Dr. Georgios Theocharis and Prof. Daraio for publishing a paper in Nature Materials
Read paper
Jul 26
Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas Boechler, Dr. Georgios Theocharis and Prof. Daraio for publishing a paper in Nature Materials
Read paper
Selected Media Coverage:
Caltech
Popular Science
Futurity
GizMag
EurekAlert!
R & D Magazine
CBS Interactive
Aug 1
Prof. Daraio is co-organizing a symposium on "Dynamics of Phononic Materials and Structures", ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), August 28-31, 2011, Washington, DC, USA
Jul 15
Thanks to Dr. Jinkyu Yang for his post doctoral tenure in the group. Dr. Yang is beginning as an assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina
Jun 18
Congratulations to Paul Anzel for being awarded a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship
Jun 6
Welcome to Namiko Yamamoto, a new post doctoral scholar in the group!
May 30
Prof. Daraio is co-organizing the "Phononics 2011" Conference in Santa Fe, NM
May 19
Congratulations to Ivan for passing his qualifying exam!
May 15
RAI 3 Persone. Watch the video!
May 1
Spring party at Prof. Daraio's place
Apr 27
Welcome to Denise Ruiz, our group's new administrative assistant
Apr 25
RAI International is shooting in our labs. Link coming soon!
Apr 22
Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas Boechler for successfully defending his Ph.D!!!
Apr 8
Welcome Maxime Verriere, visiting from Echole Polytechnique
Mar 29
Thanks to Stephane Griffiths for his post doctoral tenure in the group. Stephane is returning to France to continue his academic career
Mar 1
Welcome Wei Hsun Lin (physics) and Joseph Lydon (materials science), new graduate students joining the group
Feb 24-28
Daraio Group winter retreat photo
Daraio Group winter retreat @ Montecito Sequoia
Feb 15
Our new 3D Printer has arrived! If you are interested in using it, contact petros(at)caltech(dot)edu
Jan 19

2010 News

Dec 21
Sound Bullets are LIVE on CNN. Watch the video!
Dec 9
'Nonlinear' Holiday Group Party at Prof. Daraio's place
Nov 18
Sound Bullets are on TV! Watch Alex on Science360
Nov 1
Thanks to Lucia Senatore, for her work on tensegrity systems during the summer
Oct 30
Prof. Daraio has been selected by Popular Science among the Brilliant 10, 2010
29/10/10
Ultimate Frisbee Champions!
ULTIMATE CHAMPIONS!!!
Oct 29
The Ultimate Challenge #3 for the Daraio vs. Greer groups, which will be happening on October 29th from 4-6pm in Grant Park. Come join us!!!
Oct 8
Congratulations to Thevamaran and Terry for passing their qualifing exams!
Sep 26
Congratulations to post docs Abha Misra (IISc Bangalore) and Alessandro Spadoni (EPFL Lousanne) for their new faculty positions!
Sep 18
Thank you Yan Bin Man, Sachith Dunatunga and Lauren Montemayor for your hard work this summer!
Sep 17
Welcome back Vincenzo Ciancia, visiting from the University of Salerno, Italy
Aug 24
Congratulations to Andrea Leonard for successfully passing her candidacy exam!
Aug 16
Welcome Prof. Fraternali and Lucia Senatore, visiting from the University of Salerno, Italy
Aug 8
Prof. Daraio is co-organizing EMI (Engineering Mechanics Institute) 2010 Conference at USC
Jul 1
Welcome Yan Bin Man, SURF student from University of Oxford!
Jun 21
Welcome Jennifer Stevenson, a new administrative assistant!
Jun 16
Welcome Sachith Dunatunga, SURF student from ME in Caltech!
May 5
Prof. Daraio gives a Watson Lecture
Apr 30
Congratulations to Devvrath for successfully passing his candidacy exam!
Apr 9
Congratulations to Prof. Daraio for receiving a 2010 ONR (Office of Naval Research) Young Investigator Award
Apr 6
Congratulations to Alex and Prof. Daraio for publishing a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences
Read paper
Media Coverage:
PhysOrg.com
Discovery News
Popular Science
CBS News
MSNBC
ScienceDaily
National Geographic
The Telegraph
Gizmodo Australia
The Daily Caller
Scientific American
SmartPlanet
LiveScience
EurekAlert!
The Times of India
Apr 6
Congratulations to Andrea for winning the DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship
Apr 6
Congratulations to Robert for winning the NDSEG (National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate) Fellowship
Mar 29
Welcome to Francesco Restuccia, visiting student from the University of Edinburgh, UK
Mar 29
Welcome to Thevamaran (Deva) Ramathasan, 1st year graduate student in mechanical engineering joining the group
Jan 28
Welcome to Eleftherios Gdoutos, 1st year graduate student in aeronautics joining the group
Jan 21
Welcome to Vincenzo Ciancia, visiting student from the University of Salerno, Italy

2009 News

Dec 10
Ultimate Frisbee Challenge against the Greer's group
Dec 5
'Nonlinear' Holiday Group Party at Prof. Daraio's place
Nov 23
Welcome to Paul Anzel, 1st year graduate student in applied physics joining the group
Nov 9
Congratulations to Nick for successfully passing his candidacy exam!
Oct 9
Congratulations to Andrea and Ivan for successfully passing their quals!
Aug 30
Prof. Daraio is co-organizing a Symposium on Band Gap Materials
Aug 28
Welcome to Dr. Stephane Griffiths, new Post Doc joining the group
Aug 15
Welcome to Ludovica Lattanzi and Claudio Silvestri, visiting students from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Aug 4
Prof. Daraio has been selected to participate in the 2009 STS forum, Future Leaders Initiative, as one of 10 outstanding young scientists worldwide.
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Aug 1
Welcome to Dr. Duc Ngo, new Post Doc joining the group
Jul 26
Farewell/Welcome Group Party for the new, incoming and departing group members
Jul 6
Welcome to Dr. Jinkyu Yang, new Post Doc joining the group
Jun 30
Welcome back Ivan, second year graduate student in GALCIT
Jun 12
Welcome to this year SURF's students: Anna Craigs, Claudio Corallo and Yan Man
Jun 11
Congratulations to Nick Boechler for winning the Ernest E.Sechler Memorial Award in Aeronautics
Jun 1
Welcome to Robert Raney and Andrea Leonard, raising second year graduate students joining the group
May 6
Ultimate Frisbee Challenge against the Greer's group
Mar 30
Congratulations to Abha for making the cover page of the APS March bulletin with her work on e-beam nano-tools
Read PDF
Feb 26
Congratulations to Dev for winning the 2009 W. M. Keck Institute for Space Studies Graduate Student Fellowship
Feb 8
Farewell party for visiting Professor Fernando Fraternali, returning to the University of Salerno, Italy
Jan 1
Congratulations to Prof. Daraio for receiving an NSF Career Award