February SuperHero: Betty Kutter, PhD
Dr. Betty Kutter received her Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Rochester, working on the transition from host to viral metabolism after bacteriophage infection of E. coli. In addition to teaching, she has conducted extensive research throughout her time here involving hundreds of Evergreen students and various Evergreen and visiting colleagues. The National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and The Evergreen State College Foundation have all provided funding to support this work.
Since a 1990 4-month US-USSR Academy of Sciences exchange visit, the Phage Lab's work has expanded to include therapeutic and food-safety applications of bacteriophage. It has also hosted 20 biennial Evergreen International Phage Biology meetings, now drawing about 170 people from 35 countries.
Betty established The Kutter Fund to help make it possible for Evergreen’s younger faculty and students to continue Evergreen's tradition of excellence in microbiology research. RAIN is proud to celebrate her as a SUPERHERO of SCIENCE!
January SuperHero is GUSTAVO PALACIOS
The Superheroes of Science Lecture Series
The Superheroes of Science lecture series takes place at RAIN's home base, "The Wedge". In this series, the speakers have interesting and sometimes unexpected backgrounds in the pursuit of cutting edge science. The storytellers unfold the work they've done and its importance, fantastic failures and lessons learned, their current work, the future of their field, and war stories from the lab. The series originated within the renowned UWT Global Honors Program in September of 2015. Now open to the public, it is a growing event that brings the local science community together, serves as a platform for networking and cross-pollination within the sciences and in the community, and empowers students with the lessons that they can leverage to be successful in their given career path.
The December SuperHero is:
Dr. Kristi Morgansen
Kristi Morgansen received a BS and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, respectively in 1993 and 1994, an S.M. in Applied Mathematics in 1996 from Harvard University and a PhD in Engineering Sciences in 1999 from Harvard University. Until joining the University of Washington, she was first a postdoctoral scholar then a senior research fellow in Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology. She joined the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the summer of 2002.
Professor Morgansen’s research interests focus on nonlinear systems where sensing and actuation are integrated, stability in switched systems with delay, and incorporation of operational constraints such as communication delays in control of multi-vehicle systems. Applications include both traditional autonomous vehicle systems such as fixed-wing aircraft and underwater gliders as well as novel systems such as bio-inspired underwater propulsion, bio-inspired agile flight, human decision making, and neural engineering. The results of this work have been demonstrated in estimation and path planning in unmanned aerial vehicles with limited sensing, vorticity sensing and sensor placement on fixed wing aircraft, landing maneuvers in fruit flies, joint optimization of control and sensing in dynamical systems, and deconfliction and obstacle avoidance in autonomous systems and in biological systems including fish, insects, birds, and bats.