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Volume 1, Issue 9
March 17, 1999

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Wiesner receives Duisberg award

Assoc Prof Ulrich B. Wiesner, MS&E, returned to his native Germany briefly this month to receive the Carl Duisberg Memorial Award of the German Chemical Society. Wiesner, who joined the Cornell faculty this spring, is a specialist in polymer studies. He was previously a staff scientist at the Max-Planck Institute.

Schniter selected for IEEE paper award

Electrical engineering grad student Phil Schniter won the 1999 Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Power Engineering Society's Energy Development and Power Generation Committee for "Efficiency Based Optimal Control of Kaplan Hydrogenerators", which appeared in the June 1995 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion. The award will be presented at the 1999 Summer Power Meeting in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Hutchins receives TMS Scholarship

Edward L. Hutchins '99 MSE is the recipient of 1999 Structural Materials Division Scholarship from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). The award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate student majoring in materials science and engineering or physical metallurgy during the 1998-99 academic year. Selection is based on a record of outstanding academic and leadership accomplishments. The award was presented during the TMS annual meeting in San Diego earlier this month

CS student selected as Churchill Scholar

CS student David Liben-Nowell A&S '99, has been named a Churchill Scholar for 1999-2000. Only eleven Churchill Scholars in the country are named. The Churchill Scholarship supports one year of post-baccalaureate study at Cambridge University for students in math, the sciences, or engineering. David is a College Scholar with majors in computer science and philosophy and a concentration in cognitive studies.


We are organizing BOOM '99 for Tuesday, March 30, 4:15 pm to 7 pm. BOOM 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! Register your project ASAP at For any further questions, please contact Asst. Prof. Sheila Hemami, EE, Assoc. Prof. S. Keshav, CS, or Assoc. Prof. Bart Selman, CS

--Assoc. Prof. Bart Selman, CS

Strong applicant pool for Class of '03

The College of Engineering had over 4,000 applications for 710 spaces in the freshman class entering fall 99 -- an increase of 400 applicants over last year. The quality of the admitted students is extremely strong, both by quantitative measures and anecdotal information. The SAT math average is up 9 points; the verbal is up almost 5 points.

--Betsy East, Director, Engineering Admissions

Cornell Days to be held April 6-20

From April 6th through April 20th the College of Engineering participates in Cornell Days, a university-sponsored hosting period for all admitted students. During these two weeks, students and their families will have an opportunity to hear presentations from the faculty, current undergraduates, and professional staff of the college. Many will be visiting Cornell for the first time and their impression during this visit will affect their decision to attend Cornell. So, when you see "lost" students and families wandering around the quad, please be as helpful as possible; it's a great opportunity to showcase the college.

--Betsy East, Director, Engineering Admissions

Student volunteers net $25,000 for Cornell Fund

Last Wednesday (March 10), seven engineering undergraduate students volunteered an evening of their time to phone engineering alumni to solicit their gifts for the Cornell Fund for Engineering. Almost $25,000 was pledged during the evening, from about 100 alumni. The students were very enthusiastic and enjoyed their night of phoning. Gifts for the Cornell Fund for Engineering are used to support undergraduate programs and other college-funded initiatives, such as facilities improvement and faculty start up-packages. The engineering team participation was part of a month-long student phonathon effort organized by the Cornell Fund.

--Marsha Pickens, Assistant Dean, Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development

Faculty and students share ideas for Duffield atrium

Last week faculty and student leaders in the college met with the Duffield Hall architects to share ideas about how the proposed atrium and redesigned quad could best serve students and faculty. A summary of the meeting will be distributed to departments in the near future. Based on this input, the architects are developing initial designs and cost estimates that should be ready for review when they return to campus next month.

Dennis-Conlon moves to Athletics Department

Sandy Dennis-Conlon, administrative assistant in Undergraduate Programs and Student Services, has taken a position in the Athletics Department as an Administrator I in Rowing Operations. She will be managing the oversight and coordination of all administrative, financial, facility and event duties. In addition, Sandy will assist in web design, publications, and alumni contacts. Meanwhile, DeDe Rohrer will be assisting in Undergraduate Programs and Student Services until the administrative assistant position is filled. Please join me in congratulating Sandy on her promotion.

--Deborah Cox, Assistant Dean for Student Services

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