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Volume 1, Issue 10
March 31, 1999

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College welcomes new director of Minority Programs

Josephine B. "Josie" Herrera has accepted the position of director of Engineering Minority Programs (EMPO) commencing June 1, 1999. She holds a B.S. degree in geology from Columbia University, an M.Ed. degree in earth science from Pennsylvania State University and has completed the coursework (ABD) towards a D.Ed. in earth science at Pennsylvania State University. For the last three years she has been the director of the diversity enhancement program at Pennsylvania State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Before working at Penn State, Herrera taught physical sciences at the Dewitt Clinton High School in New York City, coordinated a program to encourage disadvantaged students to stay in school, and taught an Outward-Bound program to build leadership skills in inner city high schools. She speaks fluent Spanish and has a working knowledge of French and Italian. She is an active member in many minority professional associations (AMIE, NACME, NAMEPA, SACNAS) and the Women in Engineering Program and Advocates Network. Please join Student Services in welcoming Herrera to EMPO, the College of Engineering, and Cornell University.

Kornegay selected for NSF CAREER award

Asst. Prof. Kevin Kornegay, EE, has received official notification that he is the recipient of a 1999 Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation for his project, "A Wireless Sensor Instrumentation System for Harsh Environments." NSF established the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards to emphasize the importance the foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating discovery process, in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning.

Ingraffea and Wawrzynek receive NASA award

Anthony Ingraffea, the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering, CEE, and Dr. Paul Wawrzynek, senior research associate in CEE, have received NASA's prestigious Turning Goals Into Reality Award for their work on NASA's Airframe Structural Integrity Program Team. The team helped to develop and implement innovative technologies that will extend the structural life of aging aircraft and significantly improve safety. The awards were presented March 12 at Langley Research Center.

Webb receives award from Case Western Reserve

Prof. Watt W. Webb, AEP, has been selected as the 1999 recipient of the Michelson-Morley Award given by Case Western Reserve University to recognize outstanding achievement in the sciences. This award will be presented on May 4, 1999.

Sass to deliver opening Killam Lecture at Dalhousie

Prof. Stephen Sass, MSE, has been invited to be the opening Killam Lecturer at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the fall. The series of three Killam Lectures will focus this year on "Spirits in the Material World." In the opening lecture, Sass will address the breadth and impact of materials science in the various ages of humanity. In addition to the public lecture, Sass will also give a more detailed research lecture to faculty.

First week in April is Graduate Student Appreciation Week

April 4 to 10, 1999, is national Graduate/Professional Student Appreciation Week, a celebration sponsored by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) and designed to help the nation recognize the contributions of graduate and professional students to universities, the government and our communities. According to Anthony Rosati, NAGPS Webmaster and co-founder of the GPSA Week concept, "Grad students often work behind the scenes, as assistants to professors or researchers, quietly doing much of the work on some of our country's greatest achievements. Whether it be medical or defense research, teaching up to 40% of the undergraduate courses on many campuses, proctoring and grading exams, or simply studying for the joy of education, graduate/professional students are the unsung heroes of our nation's academic institutions. Without them, tuition would be higher, research wouldn't be as successful, our society wouldn't solve as many problems, and our lives wouldn't be as rich." For more information on appreciation week, visit the NAGPS website at

Engineering Graduate Student Association meets tonight

There is an EGSA meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m. in 201 Thurston Hall. Grad students thinking of getting involved in EGSA or just wondering what EGSA has in the works are welcome. Contact: Lynette Millett, EGSA vice president

Savage speaks to students about engineering careers

Mark Savage, director of Engineering Career Services, spoke recently to two audiences of high school students to increase their awareness and excitement about careers in engineering. On March 4 he addressed 50 students in Ithaca in association with the Johns Hopkins Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth. On March 8 he spoke to 70 students in Syracuse as keynote luncheon speaker for "Operation Shadow," sponsored by the Greater Syracuse chapter of ASM International, the professional society for materials engineers. His presentation incorporated technology achievements predicted to occur through the year 2050 and was adapted from the information he presents to ENG 150 classes during the academic year.

New assistant joins Corporate and Foundation Relations

Jennifer Shea, director of Engineering Corporate and Foundation Relations, welcomes a new administrative assistant, Nancy W. Gehres. Gehres comes to the engineering college from the College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as office manager for the Office of Public Affairs. Previously, she worked in Cornell's Office of Special Gifts. Gehres lives in Candor; she enjoys cross country skiing, canoeing, and gardening, and is the mother of four sons. She can be reached at 256B Carpenter Hall, phone 5-2770, e-mail

Duffield Hall update: Costing out committee recommendations

The Duffield project's consulting architects are currently costing an expanded building program, as recommended by the Faculty Siting Advisory Committee. Some elements of this program are an expanded atrium, connections with Kimball-Thurston, renovated classrooms, and a redesigned quad. Once these features are costed, the university executive staff will determine the project budget and detailed planning work will begin. At this time the Exterior Design Advisory Committee and the User Advisory Committee will begin their work. Concurrently, a detailed chemical inventory of potential users of Duffield and CNF is being compiled preparatory to work by the faculty Safety and Management Advisory Committee. Contact: Mark K. Spiro, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives.

ECMR organizes college web workshop

As part of the initiative to revamp the college web site, Engineering Communications and Media Relations, in conjunction with the Engineering Library and Cornell Academic Technology Center, is organizing the College of Engineering's first-ever Web Week. Tentatively scheduled for June 14-18, Web Week '99 will be a series of hands-on web training workshops offered for engineering college faculty and staff on a first-come basis in the new engineering computing facility in the Engineering Library. A tentative course roster can be viewed at Contact: Carol Terrizzi, assistant director, Engineering Communications and Media Relations

Northwestern's Weiss will speak on cracking in concrete

W. Jason Weiss from the NSF Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials at Northwestern University will speak on Monday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. in 366 Hollister Hall on "Early-Age Shrinkage Cracking in Concrete: Experimental Techniques, Material Characterization, and Fracture Mechanics Modeling." Interested students and faculty are invited to attend; refreshments will be served at 4:15.

Golub lecture is open to the public

Members of the engineering community are invited to hear Harvey Golub, chairman and CEO of American Express, speak on "Recharging American Express" on Friday, April 23, 1999, at 4:30 p.m. in Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall, as part of the Park Leadership Series. Named to his position in 1993, Golub was challenged to turn the company into a "principles-driven organization," in which managers behaved according to principles and values rather than policies, rules, and procedures. His lecture will address his vision of leadership and the reengineering of American Express. A reception will be held immediately following in the Dyson Atrium in Sage Hall (business casual attire is appropriate). Contact: Clint Sidle

MIT discrimination report available online

Many newspapers reported last week on MIT's admission that it has been discriminating against women faculty members for years. Members of the engineering college community may be interested in reading the report in full. The text is available online at and a narrative description of the findings (as published in MIT's Technology Review) is available at

Students compete in concrete canoe/steel bridge contests on campus

The Cornell student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will host the regional Concrete Canoe Competion and the regional Steel Bridge Competition on campus on April 17. The canoe races and judging will be held at Beebe Lake and the steel bridge competition and judging will be held in Lynah Rink. This is a great opportunity to see engineering students in action and to support the Cornell teams!

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