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Volume 1, Issue 15
June 9, 1999

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New chair in CS; new director in ORIE

Prof. Charles Van Loan, the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering, has been named chair of the Department of Computer Science for a five-year term, starting July 1, 1999. He succeeds Prof. Robert Constable, under whose leadership the department prospered and broadened its scope. Initiatives in library science, bioinformatics, and multimedia have positioned the department as an important partner for many academic units across the university. Van Loan, who earned the Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1973, has been a faculty member at Cornell since 1975. His research is in the area of matrix computations.

Also on July 1, Prof. Sid Resnick will begin a five-year term as director of the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. Resnick succeeds Prof. Les Trotter, who served as acting director for a year, positioning the school to take advantage of opportunities in financial engineering, engineering management, systems engineering, and information technology. Resnick, who earned the Ph.D. in statistics at Purdue University in 1970, has been a faculty member at Cornell since 1987. His research concentrates on probability modeling, with emphasis on extreme value theory and modeling of phenomena requiring heavy tails.

Kornegay to attend Frontiers of Engineering

Asst. Prof. Kevin T. Kornegay, EE, has been invited to attend the Frontiers of Engineering meeting sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering. This is an annual three-day meeting that brings together 100 of the nation's outstanding engineers (ages 30-45) from industry, academe, and government to discuss pioneering technical work and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. Participation is by invitation following a competitive nomination and selection process.

Hemami receives PCCW grant

Asst. Prof. Sheila S. Hemami, EE, received a travel grant from the President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) to present her work in video compression research at IEEE's International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP '99) in Kobe, Japan.

Merrill Scholars in Arts honor engineering faculty

In addition to the engineering faculty members honored by the 1999 Merrill Scholars from the College of Engineering who were listed in the May 26 Info Update, two engineering faculty members were selected by Merrill Scholars in the College of Arts and Sciences as having a strong influence on their academic careers. David Liben-Nowell, a college scholar with majors in computer science and philosophy, named Asst. Prof. Jon M. Kleinberg, CS; Valerie Rene Mignone, a biometry and statistics major, named Visiting Assoc. Prof. Richard J. Cleary, ORIE.

Robo-soccer goes to Washington

Asst. Prof. Raff D'Andrea and his robot soccer team have been invited to participate in an exhibition match against Carnegie Mellon University's robo-soccer team at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in December. The demonstration is sponsored by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation; their theme this year is "Invention at Play." Created by an interdisciplinary team of engineering students with D'Andrea as faculty advisor, the robo-soccer team will also participate in an international competition in Stockholm July 26-August 6. For more information see the Cornell RoboCup web site at

Motani receives Intel fellowship

Mehul Motani, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Electrical Engineering, has been awarded an Intel Graduate Fellowship. These grants are awarded to doctoral students at selected schools who are judged to be the very best advanced graduate students in fields of study related to Intel's technology research. The EE school nominated three top prospects from among its more senior graduate students, and selection was made from these three by Intel's most honored technical experts, the Intel Fellows. Motani works on efficient coding and modulation techniques for wireless communications with Professors Heegard and Veeravalli.

He named to GTE fellowship

James He, a graduate student in electrical engineering, has been named to receive the 1998-99 GTE Foundation Fellowship in the Master of Engineering Program. This fellowship is awarded to a master's student who has a strong interest and ability in the area of information technology and telecommunications.

Engineering Library announces summer computer workshops

Introduction to Library Resources Date/Time: Monday, June 21, 1999, 3-5 pm Place: Engineering Computing Facility (PC/NT), Engineering Library, Carpenter Hall Instructor: Marianne Hansen Register: Get your research on track! There are more research tools available than ever before through the library--brush up on how to find books and journals, discover which indexes will help you find articles in your own field, explore the expanding world of e-journals and other full-text resources. If you are beginning research, starting to write a paper, or if you have ever had trouble finding materials you need, this is the class for you.HTML Intro: Creating Your Own Web Pages Date/Time: Wednesday, July 21, 3-5 pm Place: Engineering Computing Facility (PC/NT), Engineering Library, Carpenter Hall Instructor: Jill Powell Register: Creating web pages is easier than ever with the WYSIWYG program AOL Press. You will design a web page with graphics, lists, links, and tables in our hands-on PC/NT facility. We will also teach HTML tags so you can edit raw code and use other HTML editing programs. HTML Advanced: Cascading Style Sheets Date/time: Friday, July 23, 1999, 3-5 pm Place: Engineering Computing Facility (PC/NT), Engineering Library, Carpenter Hall Instructor: Jill Powell Register: You already know how to create content for your web pages. Now learn how to control the presentation--specify fonts, graphics, color, and open space. Style sheets are a set of instructions that tell a browser how to format and display one or more documents. They can apply to single or multiple elements. For example, if you wish to change color and fonts in certain headers, you need only change the style command in the master style sheet instead of having to change many individual lines of code.

Add your funding needs to giving opportunities list

Marsha Pickens, assistant dean for Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development, is updating the College of Engineering giving opportunities list. This list is displayed on the web, included in development publications, and will be featured in part in the next issue of Cornell Engineering Magazine. If you want to add or delete any items from the list, please send Marsha an e-mail Any giving opportunity must be approved by the head of the department before it can be officially listed. Alumni have, on occasion, funded a giving opportunity from the list, so it is a good chance to gain funding for a specific need.

Countdown to Web Week

The first-ever College of Engineering Web Week--a collaboration of Engineering Communications and Media Relations, the Engineering Library, and CIT's Academic Technology Center--begins Monday. Final confirmations for Web Week courses will be sent via e-mail tomorrow (June 10). If you do not receive confirmation for a course in which you registered, please call Carol Terrizzi, 5-3981. Everyone in the engineering community is invited to attend the Web Week Kickoff on Monday, June 14, 10 a.m. to noon in Olin 155 (no pre-registration required). Those who are registered for other Web Week activities are especially encouraged to be present at this introduction and overview. A review of specialized college web resources and guidelines is planned. Course materials are available on line at There is still room in several sections so e-mail Carol Terrizzi if you would like to sign up for additional courses.

Reunion guest list available

Marsha Pickens, assistant dean for Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development, has lists of alumni who are planning to return for Cornell Reunion, June 10-13. If anyone wants a copy, stop by or call Marsha's assistant, Char Jeffris, 5-8299, 248 Carpenter Hall. Please note: Individuals are identified by college only, not by field.

Revised August schedule for Info Update

The regular biweekly publishing schedule for Information Update will resume on August 18, not August 11 as previously announced.

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.