His may not be a household name, but the telecommunications world knows him well. Peter Delfyett, associate professor at the Center for Research and Education on Optics and Lasers (CREOL) at the University of Florida, invented the world's first commercially available modelocked semiconductor laser diode from a U.S. manufacturer. The laser releases the shortest and most powerful optical pulses ever generated from a semiconductor laser diode. He demonstrated a laser system using fast semiconductor laser and high power solid-state amplifiers as a medical imaging tool. This device can look inside the human body, non-invasively, without using ionizing radiation such as x-rays. He might be young, but his list of accomplishments is impressive. At 37, Delfyett won the Presidential Grant honoring young engineers. In 1993, he received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Most Promising Engineer. Delfyett currently holds six patents. He also helps bring science to students of all ages. One of his projects includes a program to foster science experiments in the schools of Harlem.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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