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.
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
Clean diesel continues to be the fuel of choice for transportation authorities in major U S cities, in spite of competitive options aimed at reducing emissions, according to a nonprofit agency that represents diesel engine and equipment manufacturers.
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
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