Undergraduate Admission
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Scientists

 

Sidney Burrus '57
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Scientist 

Created signal-processing algorithms that have led to advances in cell phones, speech recognition, sonar and radar, digital audio and video, seismic data gathering, biomedical systems and many more digital tools

   
 

Louis Brus '65
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Scientist 

Professor at Columbia University, member of the National Academy of Sciences, pioneer in the field of semiconductor nanomaterials and recipient of the 2013 Welch Award in Chemistry

   
 

Robert F. Curl '54
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Scientist 

1996 Nobel Laureate for co-discovery of buckminsterfullerene or Carbon 60, which led to bold initiatives in nanoscale science and technology
 

   
 

Roxana Daneshjou '09
George R. Brown School of Engineering
Scientist 

An M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Stanford Medical School, Daneshjou received a 2014 Soros Fellowship, a $90,000 grant awarded annually to the most accomplished and promising immigrants and children of immigrants in American graduate education; has also won a Howard Hughes Medical Fellowship for her work on anticoagulant sensitivity in African-Americans

   
 

Sharon Roth Dent '86
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Scientist

1996 nobel deputy department chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

   
 

Barbara E. Murray '69
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Medical Research Scientist

Faculty member at the University of Texas Houston Medical School, and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases; also Director of the Center for the Study of Emerging and Re-Emerging Pathogens

   
 

Carmen Peralta '96
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Scientist/Physician

Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and in 2012, she was honored with a $40,000 prize by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "Young Leadership Award" for her research focused on finding a way to reliably detect early kidney disease 

   
 

Dennis Sullivan '63
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Mathematician

Winner of the Wolf Prize in Mathematics, one of the world's highest honors in the field, and the National Medal of Science; holds the Albert Einstein Chair at City University of New York Graduate Center and Stony Brook University; is best known for his work in topology, both algebraic and geometric, and on dynamical systems

   
 

Troy Van Voorhis '97
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Scientist

Professor at MIT, where his research focuses on the intersection of quantum mechanics and chemistry