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Volume 10, Issue 12
January 23, 2008

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Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Albert R. George, the J.F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering and adviser to the Cornell FSAE race-car team, was one of three Cornell faculty members chosen for the 2007 Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowships for excellence in teaching and advising undergraduate students and outstanding efforts to improve instruction on campus. The awards -- $5,000 a year for five years for each faculty member -- are named for Stephen H. Weiss '57, emeritus chair of the Cornell Board of Trustees, who endowed the program.

Prof. Bryan Isacks, former chair in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has begun his retirement effective January 1. He remains affiliated with EAS and the College of Engineering as an Emeritus Professor.

Assoc. Prof. Lillian Lee, CS, has been named a Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) Faculty Fellow for the Fall 2008 semester. The primary purpose of this program is to nurture the careers of promising assistant and associate faculty members in the social sciences. The program is also designed to promote an environment of intellectual exchange and an appreciation for interdisciplinary scholarship.

Asst. Prof. Abe Stroock, CBE, has won a 2007 NSF Career award for his work on the science and engineering of water at negative pressures. CAREER funding represents NSF's most prestigious award in support of the early career-development activities of teacher-scholars who "most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization."

Updated college faculty committees

The updated list of College of Engineering 2007-08 faculty committees is available on the Engineering Web site.

The committee list can always be found under the "Explore the College" section of the Web site, select "Organization Charts", then "College Committees."

Please contact Debbie Guisado if there are any questions ( or 5-9679).

BOOM set for Feb 27

Bits On Our Minds (BOOM) 2008 welcomes the Engineering community! View exceptional student projects in digital technology and applications on February 27th, 2008 in the Duffield Atria from 4-6pm. Visit or email for more information.

BOOM 2008 is presented by the Faculty of Computing and Information Science and sponsored by CISCO and Morgan Stanley.

CEAA conference features sustainable energy

Save the date! The 25th Annual CEAA Engineering Conference is set for March 28-29. The conference theme is Sustainable Energy Systems: Investing in Our Future.

Please join CEAA for:

  • Talks by leaders in this vitally important subject
  • Highlights of research by Cornell faculty
  • Showcase of Cornell's efforts in sustainable energy
  • Student research project and team presentations
  • Annual CEAA Awards Banquet

Cornell Engineering Alumni Association

Oak Ridge announces $25K energy challenge for grads

Oak Ridge National Laboratory presents the $25,000 Oak Ridge Global Venture Challenge 2008 for graduate students. The Energy Idea to Product Competition is all about innovation in energy -- innovation that has the potential to deliver clean, reliable, and affordable energy to the world. Applications are due February 7. Teams must consist of 2 to 4 grad students, and multidisciplinary teams are highly encouraged.

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Guest speakers and seminars

  • BME 790 Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m., 155 Olin Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)
  • 23 Jan
    Assoc. Prof. Kevin D. Costa, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University: "Cardiac Tissue Engineering for Integrating Multi-Scale Biomechanics of the Heart"

    30 Jan
    Padmavathi Sundaram, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School: "From Polyp Detection to Brain Activation: Extracting Geometry and Function from Medical Images"

  • BME/BEE 501 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
  • 31 Jan
    Steven M. Kurtz, Ph.D., corporate vice president, Exponent Inc.: "New Spine Technologies: Total Disc Replacement and Dynamic Motion Preservation"

    7 Feb
    Stephen M. Oesterle, M.D., senior vice president, Medicine and Technology, Medtronic: TBA

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes
    (Refreshments at 4:30 p.m. in 657 Rhodes Hall) s2008.htm
  • Jan 25
    Asst. Prof. George Biros, University of Pennsylvania: "Fast Algorithms for Stokesian Particulate Flows"

    Feb 1
    Prof. Charles Van Loan, Computer Science, Cornell: "Kronecker Product Approximation and Computational Multilinear Algebra"

  • CBE Seminar
    Monday, 4:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall,
    Refreshments at 3:45 in 128 Olin
  • 4 Feb
    Rodney D. Priestley, Northwestern University: "Nanoconfinement Effects on Glass Formation and Glassy Behavior of Polymers"

  • ChemE 790 Seminar
    Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall
    (Refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)
  • 28 Jan
    Prof. Richard A. Register, Department of Chemical Engineering and Princeton Center for Complex Materials, Princeton University: "Block Copolymer Thin Films as Nanofabrication Templates"

  • Computer Science Colloquium
    Thursdays at 4:15 pm
    B17 Upson Hall
  • 24 Jan
    Guy Steele, Ph.D., Sun Microsystems Laboratories: "What's Cool About Fortress"

  • MAE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball
    Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in Upson Lounge
  • 29 Jan
    Assoc. Prof. Juan G. Santiago, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University: "Novel On-Chip Isotachophoresis Assays"

    5 Feb
    Asst. Prof. Marcus Herrmann, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University: "Simulating the Primary Atomization of Turbulent Liquid Jets"

  • MSE Seminar
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall
    Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 260 Bard
  • 24 Jan
    Richard Robinson, Ph.D., Lawrence Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley: "Spontaneous Superlattice Formation in Nanorods through Partial Cation Exchange"

  • Statistical Science
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall
    Refreshments afterwards in 301 Malott
  • 23 Jan
    Nikolay Bliznyuk, Ph.D. student in ORIE: "On Bayesian Calibration of Computationally Expensive Models"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston
  • 30 Jan
    Assoc. Prof. Robert Parker, Mechanical Engineering, Parker Ohio State University: "Nonlinear Gear Vibrations: Practical Problems and Analytical Successes "


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