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Volume 1, Issue 11
April 14, 1999

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Shoemaker receives Julian Hinds award from ASCE

Prof. Christine A. Shoemaker, CEE, has been selected by the Water Resources Planning and Management Division of the American Society of Civil Engineer as the recipient of the 1999 Julian Hinds Award. Her award citation reads, "for her leadership and research in ecosystems management, water resource systems analysis, and groundwater modeling and protection." This award is the most prestigious honor tendered by the division. It will be presented to Shoemaker during the awards luncheon of the annual Water Resources Planning and Management Conference in Tempe, Arizona, June 6-9.

Sass to lecture in humanities course

Prof. Steve Sass, MS&E, will participate in a cross-disciplinary course, Mind and Memory: Explorations of Creativity in the Arts and Sciences (S HUM 301), in which lecturers from a wide range of disciplines will address the issue of creativity in their research or artistic work. Sass will speak on April 19 (2:55-4:10 p.m., Uris Hall Auditorium); his lecture and slide show will be based on his 1998 book, The Substance of Civilization. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Huttenlocher to speak at EGSA lecture/dinner

The EGSA (Engineering Graduate Student Association) invites all graduate students, faculty members, and researchers to attend their April lecture/dinner event. Prof. Dan Huttenlocher from CS will give a talk entitled "Preparing Students for the Information Age: Beyond Science and Engineering" on Wednesday, April 14, in Upson B-17 at 6 p.m. EGSA will provide a dinner of Indian food for attendees following the lecture. For more information, e-mail or check out the EGSA web page at

Kaplan receives Hertz Foundation Fellowship

David Kaplan '99 EP was the only Cornell student this year to win the prestigious Hertz Foundation Fellowship. A merit-based award for graduate work leading to a PhD in an applied physical science, the Hertz Fellowship provides $25,000 per year for five years. The Hertz Foundation holds a highly selective competition; of qualified applicants, only about one in 15 wins a fellowship. Only about 25 fellowships were awarded this year.

James selected for Corning Graduate Fellowship

Applied physics graduate student Conrad James has been selected as the 1999-2000 recipient of the Corning Graduate Fellowship in Engineering and Physical Sciences. This Corning Foundation Fellowship is open to third year doctoral candidates involved in research in the physical sciences or engineering and only allows one student selected from each participating institution. Conrad is a member of Prof. Harold Craighead's research group.

Russell '00 selected for Clark award

The 1999 Clark Construction Group Scholarship has been awarded to Erin Diann Russell '00 CEE. The scholarship is awarded annually to a top civil engineering student who has shown interest and aptitude in construction. Russell recently completed the first half of a co-op assignment with Simpson, Gumphertz, and Heger and is pursuing a degree in civil engineering.

Fleming to deliver 1999 Thorpe Lecture

Samuel C. Fleming '62 ChE, the chairman and chief executive officer of Decision Resources Inc., will be on campus Tuesday, April 20, to deliver the 1999 Raymond G. Thorpe Lecture in the School of Chemical Engineering. His talk, titled "Business Implications of Technology: An Entrepreneurial Engineer's Perspective," will be presented in 255 Olin Hall at 3:30 PM. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hastings to present 1999 Sears Lecture

Daniel Hastings, US Air Force chief scientist and MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics, will present the 13th annual W. R. Sears Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. in 111 Upson Hall (refreshments at 4:10 in Upson Lounge). His lecture, free and open to the public, is entitled "Frontiers in Space Systems."

CSE conference begins tomorrow

The Cornell Society of Engineers 1999 conference, The Power of Choice, begins Thursday. The kickoff event is the manufacturing seminar at 4:30 in 155 Olin; scheduled speaker is Jack McDonough, president of Miller Brewing. Members of the engineering community are invited to attend the manufacturing seminar and the conference sessions on Saturday morning in 101 Phillips. Friday sessions, however, are now restricted to registered participants due to the lack of space in the Statler Amphitheatre. About a hundred alumni have registered to attend the conference. A complete schedule can be found on the college web site

Nobel Laureate to present environmental lectures

Nobel Laureate Dr. F. Sherwood Rowland, the Donald Bren Professor of Chemistry at UC-Irvine, will present the 1999 Jill and Ken Iscol Distinguished Lectures on April 20-21, sponsored by the Center for the Environment. Tuesday's lecture at 4:40 p.m. in 200 Baker Lab is entitled "True, False, and Side Steps toward Understanding: The Case of Ozone Depletion by Chlorofluorocarbons." Wednesday's lecture at 5:00 p.m. in Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall, is entitled "Our Changing Atmosphere: Stratospheric Ozone Depletion and Global Warming." The lectures are free and open to the public. Contact the Center for the Environment, 5-7535, for more information.

Duffield update: Next set of designs due in May

Several conceptual designs for a new engineering quadrangle were reviewed by the faculty Exterior Design Advisory Committee last week. The landscape architect, EDAW of Washington, D.C., will consider the ideas presented by the committee and additional input from the university Campus Planning Committee when it delivers its next set of designs in early May. The project management team is working with the building architect, ZGF of Portland, Oregon, to align the budget and various building, atrium, and classroom design ideas recommended by the faculty Siting Advisory Committee this past summer. Design work will begin once a revised budget has been provided by the university administration. Contact Mark Spiro for additional information.

New web site is under construction

Construction of a new web site for the College of Engineering is underway. The new design, selected by the College Web Advisory Committee, is streamlined for quick loading and easy navigation. Running on a new NT server with state-of-the-art Cold Fusion server software, the new site is available at The site is not public yet and only a few links are active at this time, but members of the college community are welcome to visit and comment. For more information, contact Carol Terrizzi, assistant director of Engineering Communications and Media Relations, 5-3981 or

Computing facility holds open house

Members of the campus community are invited to an open house at the new Engineering Library Educational Computing Center (ELECC) in Carpenter Hall on April 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. (Refreshments will be served!) Wireless network connections, the latest Pentium II PCs, laptop connections, high-resolution printing, and free scanning are now available. Five classrooms will help to accommodate the university's growing need for computerized teaching space, and a conference room may be reserved for small-group or private instruction. For more information, contact John Saylor (director, Engineering Library), 5-4134, or Mark Sanford (manager, ELECC), 5-2236, or visit the web site

Looking for a few good photo ops

As the academic year draws to a close, testing and demonstrations of final projects will begin in many engineering classrooms and labs. The Office of Engineering Communications and Media Relations is always looking for photo opportunities. We have many uses for photos of students engaged in active, hands-on projects--such as publication in Cornell Engineering Magazine, the engineering web site, college promotional brochures, and newsletters. As an added bonus, when University Photo captures great pictures of your classroom activity, those photos are then available to university designers as well. Perhaps you'll find yourself featured in such publications as the admissions viewbook or the university web site.

If you are planning a classroom or lab activity that would provide an interesting or unusual visual setting--of students working together on a project, for example, or demonstrating their individual projects--please let us know. Call Barbara Cain at 255-6095 or Carol Terrizzi at 255-3981 We need about a week's notice to schedule a photographer. If it's too late this time, tell us anyway so we can put it on the schedule to check back with you next semester or next year.

Spring issue of Cornell Engineering Magazine

The spring issue of Cornell Engineering Magazine is being distributed this week and includes feature articles on Jim Seay '84 ME who builds roller coasters; the Reuleaux Collection in the Sibley School; Jeff Conuel '92 ChE who brews Ithaca Beer; and EE/Vet College collaborative research to understand and prevent sudden cardiac death -- plus news briefs and items of interest from around the engineering quad. Copies are sent in bulk to units of the college and will also be available in the magazine racks in the lobby of the Engineering Library.

College checks Y2K readiness

The dean has been charged by the president and provost of the university with ensuring that the college's operations are Year 2000 (Y2K) compliant. Many computer systems (hardware and software) and computer chips embedded in scientific and office equipment store dates as two digits and are unable to recognize the year 2000 date as 2000 rather than 1900. This can cause erroneous calculations and in some cases software may not function correctly, equipment and hardware may stop functioning altogether, and some data may be unusable after December 31, 1999.

In order to ensure that our research, teaching, and administrative activities are not hampered by these problems, each department director and chair has assigned to a member of their department the responsibility for ensuring Y2K readiness. These individuals are currently assessing the impact of Y2K, identifying and remediating problems, and developing contingency plans where needed. The main focus is on systems that may pose a risk to life, health, safety, mission critical activities, or a department's competitive reputation. The activities of representatives vary by department, but generally include discussions with lab occupants to identify potential issues, equipment assessments, and software and data file tests. Departments are responsible for assuring readiness of equipment in all areas of the department, including research labs, offices, and teaching facilities.

If you have any questions, please contact your department representative. Thank you for your continuing assistance and participation.

Department Representatives Dean's Office and Administration: Kalinka Hughes, Brian Litwin Electronic Packaging: Marco Panzanella, Teresa Dodge Educational Computing Facility: Mark Sanford Laboratory of Plasma Studies: Glen Hoffman Semiconductor Research Corp: Charla Hayes Technical Service Facility: Mike Harding

A&EP: Jon Velazquez, Dawn Esposito CEE: Joe Rowe, Cameron Willkens ChE: Karl Gesslein, Colleen McClenahan CS: Dora Abdullah, Dean Krafft EE: Diane Downing, Mukles Haddad GS: Steve Gallow, Tom Trencansky M&AE: Eugene Hartquist, Brenda Irvin-Bryant MS&E: Bob Geyer OR&IE: Bill Martin, Janice Post T&AM: Peter Brown

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