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Volume 10, Issue 14
February 20, 2008


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Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Prof. Jon Kleinberg '93, CS, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is honored for his contributions to the understanding of the structure and behavior of the World Wide Web and other complex networks. Four other Cornell Engineering alumni were also elected: Howard J. Bruschi, BEE '64, Westinghouse Electric Co.; Cynthia Dwork, MS '82 CS, Ph.D. '83, Microsoft Research; Barbara J. Grosz, AB '69, Harvard University; James A. Miller, M.Eng. '70 (Aero), Ph.D. '74, Sandia National Lab.

Wilfried Brutsaert, CEE, the William L. Lewis Professor of Engineering, has been named to receive the 2008 "Hydrology Days Award" given by Colorado State University in recognition of his outstanding contributions to hydrologic science. Brutsaert has also been selected to be the inaugural speaker of the Peter Eagleson Lectureship in Hydrologic Sciences sponsored by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences.

Asst. Prof. Paat Rusmevichientong, ORIE, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Award for his project, "Real-Time Stochastic Optimization with Large Structured Strategy Sets and High-Volume Data."

James S. Thorp, ECE, the Charles N. Mellowes Professor in Engineering Emeritus, has been selected to receive the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering to be presented by the Franklin Institute in April in Philadelphia.


BOOM 2008 set for Feb 27

Don't miss the Bits On Our Minds (BOOM) showcase of innovative computing and information science technology! View exceptional student projects in digital technology and applications on Feb 27 in the Duffield Atria from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the BOOM Web site or e-mail for more information.

Attendees receive free gifts.

BOOM is hosted by the faculty of Computing and Information Science and sponsored by CISCO and Morgan Stanley. Additional funding is provided by Yahoo.


Video project to showcase faculty

Cornell University Communications is developing a new video series to be presented on CornellCast called In the Classroom to showcase Cornell's world-class faculty. We're looking now for faculty members who would be interested in participating.

The process is simple: let us know about a class you already have on your schedule this semester, and University Communications will arrange for a professional two-member crew to record one of your lectures without interrupting the flow of the class. You won't need to change your lesson plan or modify how you run your class. All you need to do is wear a wireless microphone, and a single camera will be positioned out of the way. Once the lecture is prepared for the web, it will be posted on the CornellCast site along side other videos in the series.

Just to be clear, this is NOT an online course site with lectures from a single course taped for the whole semester. Instead, the series will present single lectures from different classrooms across the campus and across all disciplines to demonstrate the breadth of the curriculum and the expertise of Cornell faculty.

If you're interested in participating, please contact Barbara Cain in Engineering Communications, 5-6095, or David Cameron in University Communications, 5-7015.


Tech Review soliciting TR35 nominations

Each year, MIT's Technology Review magazine recognizes 35 outstanding innovators under the age of 35. The TR35 awards span a wide range of fields, including biotechnology, materials, computer hardware, energy, transportation, and the Internet. The goal is to recognize the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems and to reward ingenious and elegant work that matters to the world at large--not just to peers in a particular field or industry.

Tech Review invites your nominations of outstanding young faculty, research staff, postdocs, grad students, and even undergrads. Nomination deadline is Feb 29.

For more information or to make a nomination


Do you know a special senior?

The Cornell Chronicle staff is now soliciting suggestions for the 2008 senior profiles section of the commencement issue to be published in May. They are looking for graduating seniors (undergrads) with fascinating interests, research, personal backgrounds, motivations or personalities, in addition to having good (if not necessarily top-of-the-class stellar) academic performance. In short, they are looking for good stories. See last year's profiles for examples.

If you have any students that you would like to suggest, please send those names to Anne Ju at the Cornell Chronicle by Feb 28.


JumpStart award winners work with Engineering faculty

Three New York small businesses have been selected to receive JumpStart awards with the Cornell Center for Materials Research for the spring 2008 semester.

MTI Micro Fuel Cells will work with Prof. Emmanuel Giannelis, MSE, to develop new inorganic-organic composite materials for use in MTI's novel fuel cell devices. Elia Life Technologies will engage with Prof. Hod Lipson, MAE, to explore improved methods for printing characters of the ELIA(r) Tactile Alphabet that are more easily read by the visually-impaired. Optimax Systems will collaborate with Asst. Prof. Brian Kirby, MAE, to examine how material properties affect the polishing of optical surfaces.

The CCMR JumpStart program is funded by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation to assist small New York businesses develop and improve their products through university collaborations, leading to revenue growth and new jobs.


Guest speakers and seminars

  • AI Seminar
    Friday, noon, 5130 Upson Hall
    Lunch to be provided at noon; talk begins at 12:15 p.m.
  • 22 Feb
    Bo Pang, Yahoo Research: "Query Logs and User Privacy"

  • AMD Day Lecture
    Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall
  • 26 Feb
    Chuck Moore, AMD Senior Fellow: "Accelerated Computing in the Multi-core Era"

  • BEE Colloquia
    Mondays, 2:30 pm, B15 Riley Robb Hall
    Refreshments provided
  • 25 Feb
    Hilary Mayton, extension associate, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University: "The Case for Switchgrass"

    3 Mar
    Nathan Rudgers, senior vice president and director of business development, Farm Credit of Western New York: "Public Policy and Biofuels"

  • BME/BEE 501 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
  • 21 Feb
    Gabriele G. Niederauer, vice president, R&D, ENTrigue Surgical: "Bringing Products to Market: Things You Don't Learn in Textbooks."

  • CAM Colloquia
    Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes
    Refreshments at 4:30 p.m. in 657 Rhodes Hall
  • 22 Feb
    Alan Oppenheim, Ford Professor of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT: "One Plus One Could Equal Three

    29 Feb
    Prof. James Sethna, Department of Physics and LASSP, Cornell: "Sloppy Models"

  • CBE Seminar
    4:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall,
    Refreshments at 3:45 in 128 Olin
  • 25 Feb
    J. Andrew MacKay, postdoctoral fellow, Duke University: "Genetically Engineered Drug Carriers: Polymer Architecture Controls Anti-Tumor Activity"

    28 Feb
    Rudi Fasan, postdoctoral scholar, California Institute of Technology: "Functional Mimicry of Protein Binding Motifs and Engineering of Cytochrome P450s for Alternative Fuel Production"

    3 Mar
    Michelle Dawson, research postdoctoral fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School: "Biomedical Applications of Quantitative Microscopy Techniques"

  • CS Colloquia
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall
  • 21 Feb
    Erik Sudderth, postdoctoral scholar, University of California, Berkeley: "Learning Hierarchical, Nonparametric Models for Visual Scenes"

    28 Feb
    Jeannette Wing, President's Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; assistant director, Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation: "Confidentiality Policy Extraction"

  • Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Sponsored by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association
    Wednesdays, 101 Phillips Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 p.m.
  • 20 Feb
    Ray Coulombe '71 EE, manager, industry consulting for the physical security business unit of Cisco's Emerging Technologies Group: "What's Different about Product Development in an Early Stage Company?"

    27 Feb
    Michael B. Polk '82 ORIE, president, Unilever Americas: "Growth in Business through Sustainable Development"

  • MAE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball
    Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in Upson Lounge
    http://www.mae.cornell.edu/index.cfm/page/news/eventscolloqS08.htm
  • 26 Feb
    H. Ezzat Khalifa, NYSTAR Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, director of the STAR Center for Environmental Quality Systems, Syracuse University: "The Personal Microenvironment: A New Focus of Indoor Environmental Research"

  • Nanobiotechnology Center Seminar Series
    Tuesdays, Noon, G01 Biotechnology Building
    Light refreshments served; you are welcome to bring your lunch
  • 26 Feb
    Katherine Kieckhafer, graduate student, Lis research group, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University: "Monitoring RNA Polymerase II Dynamics in vivo by Multiphoton Microscopy"

    4 Mar
    Prof. Saeed Tavazoie, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University: "Microbial Systems Biology in the Post-Genome Era"

  • Statistical Science/ORIE Colloquium
    Wednesday, 4:00 p.m., 253 Rhodes
    Refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in 258 Rhodes
  • 20 Feb
    Yiyuan She, Stanford University; "Sparse Regression with Exact Clustering"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston
  • 20 Feb
    Asst. Prof. Christopher Earls, CEE, Cornell: "Computational Approaches for Simulating Transient Response in Solids And Structures"

    27 Feb
    Ralph D. Lorenz, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab: "Spinning Flight: Dynamics of Frisbees, Boomerangs, Samaras and Skipping Stones"


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