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December 1, 2008

Ziff Environmental Fellow Wins Prestigious Thesis Prize

HUCE Ziff Environmental Fellow Alexander Wissner-Gross, Ph.D. has been awarded the Hertz Foundation Doctoral Thesis Prize for 2008. Wissner-Gross, a 2003-2008 Hertz Fellow, received the Thesis Prize for his dissertation in Physics from Harvard University entitled “Physically Programmable Surfaces.”His thesis presented a suite of novel programmable surfaces that dramatically increased the computational versatility of a range of materials.

“My goal is to continue inventing and commercializing innovative technologies that will help our society to address the challenges we face today and tomorrow,” said Wissner-Gross.

The Hertz Foundation’s Thesis Prize Committee selected Wissner-Gross after examining the Ph.D. dissertations completed by Hertz Fellows during the preceding academic year. Theses are judged on their overall excellence and pertinence to high-impact applications for the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. Wissner-Gross received an award of $5,000.

Wissner-Gross is the co-founder and CTO of Enernetics, Inc., which operates the world's largest environmental certification service for websites ( and the world's largest green search engine ( 

More information on Dr. Wissner-Gross can be found at Also see more information about the Center’s Environmental Fellows program.

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