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2003 May Issue 3

RLE Pursues the Optical Clock
Erich P. Ippen at the New Limits of Precision

Multidisciplinary Initiative
the DoD MURI program and RLE

Rising Stars
Oxenham and Sugiyama

Students at the Forefront
The Helen Carr Peake Research Prize

Computational Prototyping
an interview with Jacob K. White

Introducing a New Professor
Luca Daniel joins RLE

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Andrew J. Oxenham and Linda E. Sugiyama
2003 May Issue 3

Scientific and technological inquiry in RLE is enriched by the efforts of a select group of world-class researchers who, while not on the MIT faculty, make extraordinary contributions to RLE programs. The Institute recently recognized the achievements of two of the members of the RLE research staff by promoting each to the rank of Principal Research Scientist. MIT reserves this position for those demonstrating unique scholarly accomplishments and who direct their own research programs.

Andrew J. Oxenham

Andrew J. Oxenham is a member of RLE's Sensory Communications Group. He received a BMus in music and sound recording with first class honors from the University of Surrey in 1992 and a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Oxenham was a Wellcome Trust International Prize research fellow at the Institute for Perception Research at Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He became a research scientist in the department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Northeastern University in 1997 before coming to MIT in 1999 when he joined RLE. In addition to his RLE position as Principal Research Scientist, Oxenham is a member of the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. His primary research interests revolve around auditory perception and cognition, or psychoacoustics, which involve the behavioral study of sound processing in the human auditory system. In 2001, Oxenham was honored with the R. Bruce Lindsay Award of the Acoustical Society of America, granted to young researchers making important contributions to the field of acoustics.

Linda E. Sugiyama

Linda E. Sugiyama is a member of RLE's High Energy Plasma Physics Group. She received a BS in applied mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1975 and a PhD in mathematics from MIT in 1980. She became a postdoctoral associate in RLE in 1980, joining the RLE research staff in 1983. Sugiyama's research has centered on a continuing interest in many-body interacting systems, with a focus on the physics of plasmas in magnetic fields and on the development of magnetically confined plasmas for thermonuclear fusion. Because of the complexity of these many-body systems, a great deal of Sugiyama's work has been directed toward advancing and using computational models for simulating their behavior. A major recent direction for her research has been efforts to simulate a confined plasma's time evolution of a two-fluid magnetohydrodynamic model, in which the electronics and ions are treated separately, rather than the more conventional single-fluid approach. Sugiyama, widely known and respected in the field of plasma physics, is also active in professional organizations, such as the American Physical Society for which she serves as a member of the Committee on Women in Physics.

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