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Volume 1, Issue 4
December 23, 1998


In this issue:


Trustees approve Duffield Hall site

The University Board of Trustees has approved a site on the engineering quad west of Phillips Hall for the location of Duffield Hall. The college is in the process of re-engaging the architects for the project, gearing up the design process, and setting up three broad-based committees for faculty input. One committee will advise on exterior aspects and connectivity to Phillips and Upson; a second will advise on interior design; and a third will be responsible for safety and management issues. More information will be available in January.


CS students Felzenszwalb and Liben-Nowell honored by CRA

Two Computer Science students have been honored by the Computing Research Association, which recently announced the recipients of the 1998-99 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Awards competition. This annual awards program recognizes undergraduate students who show exceptional promise in an area of importance to computing research. Two students--one male, one female--receive cash awards of $1,000, and a number of other students receive certificates of honorable mention. The runner-up for the male award was Pedro Felzenszwalb, a senior CS major. He was nominated for his work on computer vision. Honorable mention was given to David Liben-Nowell, a senior CS major, for his work on the connection between type theory and philosophy.


GS grad students present their research on Jan 22

On January 22, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, graduate students in the Department of Geological Sciences are presenting "The Graduate Student Research Symposium," comprising 15-minute presentations of current research by most of the students in the department. The symposium will include a lunch and late afternoon reception. A list of presentations will be available in early January on the geological sciences web page www.geo.cornell.edu. Members of the engineering community are invited to attend the presentations. If you are interested in attending the symposium lunch or reception, please e-mail Joan Ramage ramage@geology.geo.cornell.edu for more information.


Three engineers among alumni award winners

Three engineers--Kenneth E. Ackley '60, BChE '61, M.Eng. '66, Anatole Browde, BEE '48, and C. Richard Lynham, BME '63--are among the 1999 winners of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award. Other recipients are John J. Brennan '52(VetMed), Shirley Yenoff Kingsly '47(HumEc), and John W. and Lea Paxton Nixon '53(CALS)/'53(HumEc). This award is given in recognition of extraordinary service to Cornell University, in both length and quality of contribution by the individual, through activities within the broad spectrum of Cornell's various alumni organizations, associations and related groups. The group will be recognized at a banquet in Ithaca during Homecoming weekend in November.


Williamson receives teaching award

Professor Charles H.K. Williamson, M&AE, received the 1998 Outstanding Faculty Award in the College of Engineering, presented by the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils. All fraternities and sororities on campus were asked to submit names of faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to teaching and who have been influential in students' lives. After reviewing all the nominated faculty recommendations, the executive boards of the Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council decided upon one award winner per college. The awards were presented at a Faculty Appreciation and Awards Reception.


Shea will assist with two-career recruitment issues

The College of Engineering is committed to supporting departments that face recruitment choices involving two-career couples. If your department needs some assistance, contact Jennifer Shea, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, 254 Carpenter Hall, 255-6135, jhs2@cornell.edu. She can help you identify opportunities and make connections with regional employers.


Holiday Message from the Dean

In this last issue of Information Update for 1998, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contributions to the campus engineering community. I truly believe that we have one of the finest engineering colleges in the world, and each one of you --graduate students, faculty, and staff-- plays an important role in creating and maintaining that standard of excellence. I feel privileged to be a part of this community of talented and dedicated individuals, and I look forward to continuing our work together in the coming year.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season and a healthy and productive new year.

John Hopcroft Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering


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