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Volume 10, Issue 10
December 12, 2007

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Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Lynden Archer, CBE, the Marjorie Hart Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been elected to the Fellowship of the American Physical Society by his peers for "outstanding contributions to the understanding of interfacial properties and bulk viscoelasticity of polymer liquids."

Dan Huttenlocher, CS, the John P. and Rilla Neafsey Professor of Computing, Information Science and Business, was named a Fellow of ACM. ACM Fellows are recognized for their contributions to computing technology that have brought advances in the way people live and work throughout the world.

Three Cornell CS undergraduates -- Kareem Amin, Siu Yu Cherie Kwan, and Tyler Steele -- received Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Award competition for 2008.

The Cornell team of Hooyeon Lee, Anand Bhaskar, and Dustin Tseng, coached by CS PhD student Lars Backstrom, finished first in ACM's regional programming contest. Two other Cornell teams placed 11th and 16th. See Cornell Chronicle article for full story:

Long named associate VP for research administration

Dear Colleagues:

Cathy Long will be resigning her position as assistant dean and college officer to become associate vice president for research administration effective January 16, 2008.

Due to her visibility, strong positive reputation, and 17 years of leadership within the college, it was inevitable that she would be promoted to a university-wide position. I know that we will in part benefit from her promotion, since she will enhance the effectiveness of Cornell's research administration.

The college will conduct a national search to find a replacement. Meanwhile, please join me in congratulating Cathy, wishing her the best in this new position, and thanking her for outstanding leadership and service to the college.

Warmest regards,

Schember joins new center

Dr. Helene Schember, longtime associate director of the Cornell Center for Materials Research, has joined the recently founded Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future as its first executive director. Along with center director Frank DiSalvo, Schember will oversee sustainability research programs and initiatives encompassing energy, environment, and economic development.

The concept for a campus-wide sustainability center emerged from several university and college reports in 2004-07. In response to the recommendations of a follow-up faculty steering committee, the new center was created in September 2007.

Schember joins two faculty members already involved in center efforts: Prof. DiSalvo, CCB, and associate director for energy initiatives, Prof. Sidney Leibovich, MAE.

Workshop on simulation technology

Please save the dates! The Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering will be hosting a university-industry workshop on the integration of simulation technology into the engineering curriculum. The workshop will be held at the Statler Hotel July 25-26, 2008. This workshop will be of interest to all engineering faculty who use or would like to use simulation technology in their courses and projects.

Technology areas to be considered include computer-aided design, finite-element analysis, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, multi-body dynamics and control, and numerical analysis. There will be significant participation from industry including major engineering software vendors.

For more information, visit the Web site or contact Rajesh Bhaskaran.

Staffing Updates

Paul Davis has been promoted to director of information technology for the College of Engineering. The college's Office of Information Technology was recently formed by joining existing positions in the Academic Computing Center in the Engineering Library (ACCEL) with the programmer analyst position in the dean's office. Davis has worked in Engineering for seven years in the programmer analyst position in the dean's office. He has over 20 years experience in information technology, including network administration, programming, systems development, user support and training, and statistical analysis and data management.

Jami Joyner will join Diversity Programs in Engineering in January as assistant director. Joyner has a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University and an M.Ed. from the University of Central Oklahoma. She joins the Cornell staff after a six-year stint at the University of Missouri-Colombia where she coordinated outreach, recruitment, and retention programs for undergraduate and graduate students. During her time at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she also coordinated their Upward Bound and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) programs.

Mattin's to reduce hours over winter break

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield atrium will operate on reduced hours during winter break on the following schedule:

Dec 13-21, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dec 24-Jan 1, closed
Jan 2-18, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Regular hours will resume with the start of spring semester classes (Jan 21).

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