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Volume 1, Issue 12
April 28, 1999

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Webb selected to receive Michelson-Morley Award

Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering Watt Webb, AEP, was selected as the 1999 recipient of the Michelson-Morley Award by Case Western Reserve university. The award, first given in 1963, is named after Albert Michelson, first professor of physics at Case Institute and 1907 Nobel laureate, and Edward Morley, former professor of chemistry at Western Reserve College, who conducted experiments that determined that the motion of the earth had no effect on the velocity of light. Their discovery paved the way for a theoretical revolution in physics and Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. This prestigious award features three Nobel laureates among its previous winners (Subrahmanyan Chandra-sekhar, Sir Francis Crick, and Charles Townes).

Gries receives honorary doctorate

W. L. Lewis Professor of Engineering David Gries, CS, recently received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The degree was given to honor his contributions to computer science as both a researcher and an educator and, in particular, for his work on introducing formal methods into the curriculum.

Montemagno is finalist in Discover awards

Asst. Prof. Carlo Montemagno, ABEN, has been chosen as a finalist in the 1999 Discover Magazine Awards for Technological Innovation for his biological molecular motor powered nanomechanical devices. Montemagno is one of three finalists in the category of emerging technology. The winner will be announced at an awards gala in June and all finalists will be featured in a special July 1999 awards issue of Discover Magazine.

Lovelace appointed visiting scholar at Los Alamos

Richard V. E. Lovelace, professor of applied physics and of astronomy, has been appointed by the Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory as the next Orson Anderson Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the fall term of 1999. The focus of this appointment will be on magnetohydrodynamic flows in space and astrophysical environments and their associated energy dissipation processes. He will be working with Los Alamos astrophysicists on accretion disks and jets and with plasma physicists on energy dissipation processes in those systems.

Franzosa receives Schwing America scholarship

Gina Franzosa '00 CE has been awarded the Schwing America Inc. Concrete Scholarship for studies at Cornell in 1999-2000. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing studies in engineering and is one of a series of scholarships funded through the ACI Concrete Research and Education Foundation.

Wanakamol receives Gregg prize

Panitarn Wanakamol '00 MSE has received the Professor James L. Gregg Prize of approximately $500. The prize is awarded each year to the outstanding entering junior in the field of materials science and engineering. Wanakamol received the award at a dinner on April 9th.

Six undergrads win NSF grad fellowships

Six undergraduates in the College of Engineering were listed among the recent recipients of the 1999 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. These fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 1,000 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based PhD degrees in science education. Cornell engineering recipients include: James Francis Hulvat, MSE; David Lior Kaplan, AEP; Jonathan James Makela, EE; John Frank Murphy, ChE; Prasun Kumar Ray, MAE; and Paul Alexander Wiggins, AEP.

Cornell programming team competes in Eindhoven

A Cornell programming team competed for the first time ever in the world finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming competition held this year on April 11 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. At 53 minutes into the contest, Cornell vaulted into first place as the first team to get 2 problems correct and held the lead for nearly an hour. Ultimately, the University of Waterloo was the winner; Cornell finished in the top third at 18th. The team members were Erik Dangremond '99 CS, David Kempe, CS graduate student, and Mike Smullens '99 biology. Adam Florence, the coach, is also a CS graduate student. For more information, visit the competition web site at A local contest will be held in September to identify possible Cornell team members for next year. E-mail Adam Florence for more information. The Cornell team is sponsored in part by Green Hills Software.

Lockheed Martin honors engineering sophomores

Lockheed Martin recognized twenty sophomores from CS, EE, MAE, and ORIE as Academic Excellence Scholars. This is the second year of such awards. This year's and last year's award recipients were honored at a reception and dinner held at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art on April 21. Also recognized were the recipients of the Lockheed Martin Fellowships for first year MS/PhD students: Ben Liang from the School of Electrical Engineering and Kevin Hamlen and Matthew Harris from the Department of Computer Science.

Remnek nets honorable mention in ASCE photo contest

Alexandre Remnek, a graduate student in CEE, received an honorable mention in the annual photography contest of the Water Resources & Management Division of ASCE.

Benson elected to AIA board

John R. Benson, AIA, director of facilities in the College of Engineering and a practicing architect for over 25 years, has been elected to represent New York for three years on the 40-person national board of directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), representing 64,000 U.S. architects. A special focus for him will be on vehicles to help architects lead their industry in developing, sharing and employing state-of-the-art knowledge in diverse areas of planning, design, and construction.

Pakkala joins Undergraduate Programs and Student Services

Cynthia (Cindy) Pakkala has joined the staff of Undergraduate Programs and Student Services, filling the vacancy left by the departure of Sandy Dennis Conlon. Pakkala previously served as an accounts representative in the department of Modern Languages and has been with the university 14 years in administrative and accounting capacities. She has an A.A.S degree in secretarial science and has just been accepted in the employee undergraduate degree program here at Cornell.

CHESS holds workshop on synchrotron radiation applications

The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), funded by the National Science Foundation, invites members of the Cornell community to a full day workshop entitled Synchrotron Radiation and its Applications in Science and Technology. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 23, in Clark Hall and will include a tutorial outlining basic concepts, followed by a series of talks by researchers who have helped pioneer the application of synchrotron x-rays in a wide range of fields. Registration is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact the meeting organizer Ken Finkelstein at 5-0914 or

Earn and learn as a 1999-2000 TA fellow

Applications are being sought for TA fellows for the 1999-2000 Engineering TA Development Program. Participants will develop and co-facilitate workshops for in-coming TAs, learn more about innovative teaching methods, receive training in workshop facilitation, and earn a stipend of $1,400+. The position requires about 8 hours per week in July, August, and September. Applicants should enjoy teaching and be enthusiastic and highly motivated. Applicants must have completed the Engineering TA Training Program at Cornell. If interested, please send a brief description of your teaching experience and a statement of your interest in the program by May 11 to Pat Spencer, director, Office of Instructional & Research Support

QuASAR to host mixer at Willard Straight Hall

QuASAR (Queer Association of Scientist and Researchers) is hosting a student/professional mixer on Friday, April 30, at 7:30 in the International Room of Willard Straight. Invited guests include members of IBM's gay and lesbian employee group, as well as local technology professionals. Refreshments will be served. QuASAR is Cornell's new organization for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in science and engineering, and welcomes students, faculty, and staff. For more information, e-mail

Carpenter Hall display case available

Through the end of 1999, the following dates are available for placing exhibits in the Carpenter Hall display case: July-August and November-December (exhibits remain on display for two months). If you would like to schedule a display for either of these times, please call Carol Terrizzi, Engineering Communications and Media Relations, 5-3981, or

ECMR still scheduling for spring photo ops

The Office of Engineering Communications and Media Relations is always looking to capture interesting engineering photos, and many end-of-semester projects offer the perfect opportunity--but we rely on you to tell us about them. 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, or using specialized equipment--please let us know. Thanks to your tips, we've been able to get some excellent photos for the engineering magazine, web site, and other publications. Some of these shots have also appeared in the Cornell Chronicle or were selected for use in other university publications. So keep 'em coming! Call or e-mail Barbara Cain at 255-6095 or Carol Terrizzi at 255-3981 We need about a week's notice to schedule a photographer.

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