An algorithm that can accurately gauge heart rate by measuring tiny head movements in video data could ultimately help diagnose cardiac disease.
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) has announced its student awards for 2001-02.
Awards for Outstanding Senior Thesis were presented to Robin Ivester of Charleston, S.C., for his thesis titled "The Fabrication and Magneto-Mechanical Characterization of Ni-Mn-Ga Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Composites for Energy Absorption and Damping"; and Tiffany Santos of Valdosta, Ga., for her thesis, "Ferromagnetic Europium Oxide as a Spin-Filter Material."
The award for Best 3B Internship Report went to Steven Tobias , a senior from Plainview, N.Y., for "Study of the Structure and Electrical Transport Properties of Near Stoichiometric Indium Monoselenide.
Lauren Frick , a junior from North Huntingdon, Penn., received the Award for Outstanding Service to the DMSE Community. A certificate was presented to Trisha Montalbo , a senior from State College, Penn.
The Outstanding Junior Award went to Afua Banful of Kia Accra, Ghana. The award for Outstanding Student in the Class of 2002 went to Montalbo .
Graduate student Nicole Zacharia of Boston won the John Wulff Award for Excellence in Teaching.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 12, 2002.