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EECS majors down for Class of 2006

Fewer members of the Class of 2006 chose to major in electrical engineering and computer science this spring than their predecessors in the Class of 2005--208 compared to 282. The 26.2 percent decrease more than triples the 7.8 percent decrease in the size of the classes (979 compared to 1,062). The percentage of students who chose management dropped from 10.1 last spring to 6.3 this year. Complete figures may be found at (click on new majors).

Pappalardo Fellows present research

The MIT Pappalardo Fellows in Physics presented highlights of their research to the community on May 2 as part of the second annual Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics Symposium in the Tang Center.
The Pappalardo Fellowships program is the physics department's most distinguished postdoctoral competition, designed to recruit and support talented young physicists early in their careers. Three to six fellows are selected each year from almost 200 applicants. The Fellows and their areas of research are David F. Kielpinski, atomic physics; J. Michael Niczyporuk, theoretical particle physics; Gabriella Sciolla; experimental high-energy physics; Ashvin Vishwanath and Marin Soljacic, condensed matter theory; Marija Drndic, experimental condensed matter; Arpita Upadhyaya, biophysics; and Carlos Nunez and David Tong, string theory.

CTL alumnus, lecturer appointed

Jane Garvey, former head of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Highway Administration, has been appointed a senior lecturer at the Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). She will join the faculty team that teaches "The Airline Industry" and assist senior lecturer Fred Salvucci in teaching "Urban Transportation Planning." She will also organize a seminar on transportation policy.

Meanwhile, CTL alumnus Christopher Caplice (Ph.D. 1996) has been appointed the new director of the Master of Engineering in Logistics Program. The program is a nine-month track for careers in logistics and supply chain management in manufacturing, distribution, retail, transportation and logistics organizations. Caplice succeeds Jim Masters, director since its founding in 1998, who is leaving MIT to become a senior management scientist at the RAND Corp. in Pittsburgh.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 7, 2003.

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