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The Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes
The Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were endowed by a generous grant from Sterge Demetriades and his wife Anna Kokkalis Demetriades.

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2016 Prize Winners

The student winners of the 2016 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special dinner with the Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis family. Rachel P. Galimidi received the prize in Biotechnology for her work with Professor Pamela Bjorkman aimed to further understand the mechanism of HIV evasion of the humoral immune response. Junle Jiang was the recipient of the prize in Seismo-Engineering, Prediction, and Protection for his work with Nadia Lapusta which used probabilistic inversion tools to understand the deep-ocean trench generated tsunamis that occurred during the subduction-zone earthquakes in Japan and Chile. Yinglu Tang working with Dr. Jeff Snyder received the prize in Environmentally Benign Renewable Energy Sources for her work on thermoelectric skutterudites for mid-temperature applications such as automotive waste heat recovery. The second winner in this category was Changhong Zhao who worked with Professor Steven Low to study the control and optimization of modern electric power systems. The winner of the prize in Nanotechnology was Gustavo Rios whose research involves development of a modular, scalable, nanofabricated neural probe system for dense 3-D electrophysiology to study animal brains. Rio’s graduate advisor was Professor Thanos Siapas. The prize in Entrepreneurship was given to Anton A. Toutov who was advised by Professor Robert Grubbs. His research interests lie in using fundamental chemistry to development radically new, sustainable ways to make everyday chemical products and generate clean energy.

Demetriades family and winners
Winners with Mr. and Mrs. Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis


2015 Prize Winners

Demetriades family and winnersThe student winners of the 2015 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special luncheon with the Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis family. Alborz Mahdavi received the prize in Biotechnology for his work with David Tirrell developed a set of important new tools for analyzing protein synthesis in complex biological systems. Srivatsan Hulikal was the recipient of the prize in Seismo-Engineering, Prediction, and Protection for his work with Nadia Lapusta on linking macroscopic frictional properties of interfaces to their micromechanics. Lingwen Gan working with Steven Low received the prize in Environmentally Benign Renewable Energy Sources for his work on sustainable power systems and specifically the control and optimization of distributed energy resources in future smart grids. The winner of the prize in Nanotechnology was Niranjan Srinivas for designing and building a system of DNA machines that, in bulk, implement an oscillator. Niranjan's advisor was Eric Winfree. (View photos of the 2015 luncheon)


2014 Prize Winners

The student winners of the 2014 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special luncheon with the Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis family. Imran Malik received the prize in Biotechnology for his work with Axel Scherer on designing and demonstrating a sample-to-answer disease detection system based on a low-cost quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). Faisal Amlani was the recipient of the prize in Seismo-Engineering, Prediction, and Protection for his work with Oscar Bruno on the development of a new high-order methodology for seismic and elastic wave propagation with applications to earthquakes. This year there were two winners for the Demetriades-Tsafka-Kokkalis Prizes is in Nanotechnology. One winner was Bradley Lyon for his worked with Morteza Gharib on formulating the concept and fabricating the methods for creating carbon nanotube microneedles that delivered drugs painlessly to animals. The other winner of the Nanotechnology prize was Muhammad Mujeeb-U-Rahman who has worked with Axel Scherer on developing an inexpensive implantable and wireless continuous glucose monitor chip which is only 1mmx1mm size. (View photos of the 2014 luncheon)


2013 Prize Winners

2013 WinnersThe student winners of the 2013 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special luncheon with the Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis family. Pedro Coelho received the prize in Biotechnology for his work with Frances Arnold on biocatalyst engineering that has a myriad of applications in green chemistry. Michael Olson was the recipient of the prize in Seismo-Engineering, Prediction, and Protection for his work with Mani Chandy on developing the cloud based service that enables the community seismic network to function. James McKone working with Harry Gray received the prize in Environmentally Benign Renewable Energy Sources for his work on developing new catalysts for solar-driven water splitting to produce hydrogen fuel. The winner of the prize in Nanotechnology was Janna Nawroth for her wide range of experiments including the creation of a freely swimming artificial jellyfish. Janna's advisor was John Dabiri. This year there were two winners for the Demetriades-Tsafka-Kokkalis Prizes is in Entrepreneurship. One winner was Aditya Rajagopal for his worked on new pathogen detection approaches that are currently being commercialized. Aditya was advised by Axel Scherer The other winner of the Entrepreneurship prize was Guoan Zheng who has worked with Changhei Yang on a number of entrepreneur efforts including two Caltech startups that are currently commercializing two of his inventions - one is a self-imaging petri-dish platform that can stream microscopy images out of an incubator and the other is a highly novel digital pathology slide scanner. (View photos of the 2013 luncheon)


2012 Prize Winners

2012 WinnersThe student winners of the 2012 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special luncheon with the Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis family. Philip Romero received the prize in Biotechnology for his work on developing statistical models of proteins with Frances Arnold. Michael Mello was the recipient of the prize in Seismo-Engineering, Prediction, and Protection for his work with Ares Rosakis on developing a novel methodology for identifying the unique ground motion signatures of supershear earthquakes. Leslie O'Leary received the prize in Environmentally Benign Renewable Energy Sources for her pathbreaking work on the properties of semiconductor interfaces with Nate Lewis and Bob Grubbs. This year there were two winners for the prize in Nanotechnology. One winner was Andrew Jennings for his experimental and modeling work in nanomechanics with Julia Greer. The other winner of the Nanotechnology prize was Jordan Raney who has worked with Chiara Daraio to develop new chemical synthesis methods to control the properties of carbon nanotubes. (View photos of the 2012 luncheon)


2011 Prize Winners

2011 Winners

The student winners of the 2011 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special luncheon with the Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis family. Fiona Chandra received the prize in Biotechnology for her work on glycolytic oscillations with John Doyle. Shelby Hutchens received the prize in Nanotechnology for her work on carbon nanotube foams with Julia Greer. Vivian Ferry recieved the prize in Entrepreneurship for her work on plasmonic photovoltaics with Harry Atwater. William Chueh received the prize in Environmentally Benign Renewable Energy Sources for his work on solar-driven thermochemical fuel production with Sossina Haile. Matthew Faulkner was the recipient of the newest Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis prize in the area of Seismo-Engineering, Prediction, and Protection for his work with Andreas Krause on using accelerometers in cellphones for detecting shaking from earthquakes. (View photos of the 2011 luncheon)


2010 Prize Winners

The student winners of the 2010 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special luncheon with the Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis family. Xiquan Cui received the prize in Biotechnology for his work on biophotonics with Professor Changhuei Yang; Matt Eichenfield received the prize in Nanotechnology for his work in nanomechanics with Professor Oskar Painter; Morgan Putnam received the prize in Entrepreneurship for work on silicon solar cells with Professor Harry Atwater; and Andrew May received the prize in Environmentally Benign Renewable Energy Sources for his work on thermoelectric materials with Professor Sossina Haile and Dr. Jeff Snyder. (View photos of the 2010 luncheon)


2009 Prize Winners

Erik Rodriguez received the prize in Biotechnology; Ke Xu received the prize in Nanotechnology for his work with Professor Michael Roukes; Virgil Griffith received the prize in Entrepreneurship for his work with Professor Ken Pickar; Joshua Spurgeon received the prize in Renewable Energy for his work with Harry Atwater. (View photos of the 2009 luncheon)

 

 


2008 Prize Winners

Melissa Archer received the prize in Environmentally Benign Renewable Energy Sources for her work with Professor Harry Atwater; John Delacruz and Andrew Downard received the prize in Entrepreneurship for their work with Professor Ken Pickar; Rassul Karabalin received the prize in Nanotechnology for his work with Professor Michael Roukes; Sabastian Maerkl received the prize in Biotechnology. (View photos of the 2008 luncheon)

 


2007 Prize Winners

Ghyrn Loveness received the prize in Entrepreneurship for their work with Professor Ken Pickar; Jang Wook Choi received the prize in Nanotechnology for his work with Professor James R Heath; Robert Walters received the prize in Nanotechnology for his work with Professor Harry Atwater; Jesse Bloom received the prize in Biotechnology for his work with Professor Frances H. Arnold.


2006 Prize Winners

Allan Drummond received the prize in Bioengineering for his work with Professor Frances Arnold; John Howard received the prize in Entrepreneurship for his work with Professor Ken Pickar; Michael Hochberg received the prize in Nanotechnology for his work with Professor Axel Scherer.


2005 Prize Winner

Jeffrey Endelman received the prize in Bioengineering for his work with Professor Frances Arnold.


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