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Volume 1, Issue 8
March 3, 1999

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Baker wins NSF CAREER award

Asst. Prof. Shefford Baker, MS&E, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program grant by the National Science Foundation. Baker's program, entitled "Deformation Mechanisms in Thin Metal Films" will focus on understanding how dimensional and microstructural constraints on dislocation motion in thin metal films lead to anomalous mechanical behaviors in comparison with bulk metals. As part of this program, Baker is also developing a wide ranging-education program in mechanical properties of materials, particularly the unique mechanical properties which arise in small dimensions, for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals and other researchers working in this area.

Kleinberg wins ONR Young Investigator award

Asst. Prof. Jon Kleinberg, CS, was recently notified that his research on algorithms for networks and link-structured data has resulted in an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator grant of $100,000. The Office of Naval Research announced Kleinberg's achievement as part of the Young Investigator Program, which is designed to recognize young scientists and engineers who show exceptional promise for outstanding research and teaching careers. Kleinberg is one of 21 investigators selected from a a group of 216 applicants. His selection was based on academic achievements, ability to contribute to the stength of the nation's R&D program, and the commitment to him expressed by uaniversity administrators.

Selman selected as Sloan Fellow

Assoc. Prof. Bart Selman, CS, was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Sloan fellowship is an extraordinarily competitive award, involving nominations of the very best new scientists of this generation from around the country. The Sloan fellowship carries with it a grant of $35,000, to be used in a flexible and largely unrestricted manner so as to provide the most constructive possible support of the awardees' research.

Dean announces executive staff changes

With the difficult decision of siting Duffield Hall now behind us, I am eager to press forward on the project to realize our vision that Cornell University and the College of Engineering will be the nation's leader in nanotechnology as we move into the next millennium. As an indication of our commitment to the project, I have reorganized my executive staff to give special priority to the Advanced Science and Technology Initiative. Effective March 1, I am assigning Mark Spiro to the Duffield Hall project. Cathy Long, director of finance and human resources, has been promoted to assistant dean for administration and will take over college administrative responsibilities. Please join me in supporting Mark and Cathy during this transition and in their new assignments.

--John Hopcroft, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

Manufacturing Seminar open to all

The Engineering Manufacturing Seminar (MAE 594/ORIE 893-894), sponsored by the Cornell Society of Engineers, is held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in 155 Olin Hall. The public is welcome; speakers for March are as follows: March 4: Mary Austin (Pratt & Whitney), "Advanced Process Controls and Architecture in Manufacturing" March 11: Laurence S. Rogers '72 EE (Fish & Neave), "Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets" March 18: Albert E. Suter '57 ME, MBA '59 (Emerson Electric),"US Manufacturing: Succeeding in a Globally Competitive Environment" March 25: spring break

Departments should plan now for Reunion 99

Reunion weekend is June 11-12 this year. Alumni who graduated in class years ending in 4 and 9 will be invited back to campus for a full program of activities. About half of the engineering schools and departments have annual breakfasts on the Saturday morning of Reunion weekend. The college organizes a Dean's Breakfast for all alumni on Friday morning and coordinates a display booth in Barton Hall. Those departments who have undergraduate alumni and who do not schedule anything for Reunion are encouraged to consider participating this year. For more information, contact Marsha Pickens at or 5-6094.

Wayno to speak at EGSA-sponsored lecture and dinner

The EGSA (Engineering Graduate Student Association) invites all graduate students, faculty members, and researchers to attend their March lecture/dinner event. Prof. Frank Wayno from ILR will be speaking about Creativity and Personality on Tuesday, March 9, in Upson B-17 at 6 p.m. EGSA will provide dinner for attendees following the lecture. For more information, e-mail your EGSA representative or check out the EGSA web page at

Show off your work at BOOM 99

BOOM (Bits On Our Mind) 99 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31, 1999! What is BOOM? It is a fair that showcases student efforts in digital technology and applications. This fair will be attended by faculty, students, and company representatives and is a great opportunity to show off your work. Projects from courses, research, or your own independent work are welcome -- we want to see any cool projects! Any questions? Check out or talk to Asst. Prof. Sheila Hemami, EE, Assoc. Prof. S. Keshav, CS, or Assoc. Prof. Bart Selman, CS To register, use the form on the web page or send e-mail to

Engineering Day at the Mall is big success

Congratulations to all who participated in the 6th Annual Engineering Day at the Mall (EDM) on Saturday. The event was a huge success, and many children of all ages engaged in activities designed to inspire and inform them about science and engineering. It was a great kick-off event to National Engineers Week. The results of the first Engineering Student Organization EDM Contest follow:

Selected by our panel of judges: Most Dynamic Presentation: American Society of Mechanical Engineers Most Interactive Exhibit: Society of Women Engineers Most Technically Diverse Exhibit: Materials Research Society Most Effectively Communicates Principles of Engineering or Science: Cornell Engineering Physics Society

Based on votes from exhibit visitors: Most Fun: Institute of Industrial Engineers Most Creative: American Society of Civil Engineers Most Friendly to the Environment: Hybrid Electric Vehicle Most Informative: Society of Automotive Engineers

Thank you to all who volunteered, and special thanks to the Sciencenter volunteers who worked so hard to get the mall ready for our student groups. Special thanks also go to our panel of judges: Paul Kintner, Tony Ingraffea, and Ilma Levine.

--Michele Fish, Cornell Coordinator and Debbie Levin, Sciencenter Coordinator

Power of Choice conference set for April 15-17

All faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend any of the sessions of the upcoming Cornell Society of Engineers conference scheduled for April 15-17. This year's theme is the Power of Choice, focusing on the many issues surrounding the upcoming deregulation of the electric power industry. The program includes many high level speakers and faculty presentations. The conference registration brochure is available on the web

How to get your publications produced

Now that the College of Engineering no longer has a publications production unit, you may not know how or where to have your brochures and newsletters produced. One option is to take your job to Cornell's office of Media and Technology Services. They are a professionally staffed, full service production department and can meet almost any communication challenge. Visit their web site for more information.

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