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Volume 10, Issue 17
April 2, 2008


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Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Three ECE assistant professors, Ehsan Afshari, Sunil Bhave, and Farhan Rana, have been identified by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to receive DARPA 2008 Young Faculty Awards. The DARPA Young Faculty Award program is designed to seek out ideas from non-tenured faculty in order to identify the next generation of researchers working in microsystems technology.

Assoc. Prof. T. Michael Duncan, CBE, has been selected by the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society as the winner of the 2008 Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award, presented by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association. The award was presented at the CEAA Awards Banquet on March 28.

An article by Deyan Luan, a CBE graduate student working with Assistant Professor Jeffery Varner, has been selected for publication in the 2008 International Medical Informatics Association Yearbook of Medical Informatics. Luan's article is titled "Computationally derived points of fragility of a human cascade are consistent with current therapeutic strategies," Comp Biol 2007.


Croll professor selected

Jefferson W. Tester '66, M.S. '67, will hold the first Croll Professorship of Sustainable Energy Systems in the College of Engineering, pending approval by the Cornell Board of Trustees. As the Croll Professor, Tester, currently the H. P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT, is expected to play a leadership role in the college's Sustainable Energy Initiative as well as the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future, which is bringing together experts in education and research from across campus to work toward common sustainability goals. He will arrive on campus this fall, where he will join the faculty in CBE.

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Meet the new faculty online

Profiles of new faculty members who have joined the college in the past year are now available online.

Please take a moment to browse these profiles for an introduction to the newest members of the Engineering community.


Third Cornell-Tsinghua workshop set for April 29-30

On April 29-30, the College of Engineering will host the Third International Joint Workshop with Tsinghua University, Beijing, PR China. These workshops were established to promote collaboration between Cornell and Tsinghua, a leading engineering institution in China. This workshop will focus on "Sustainable Development: Water Resources, Energy and the Environment."

For more information, please visit the Web site or contact Clare Zuraw, 254-8732.


COMSOL to offer free workshop on multiphysics modeling

On April 16, COMSOL will offer a free multiphysics modeling workshop at Cornell, with an introduction and live demo from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and a hands-on training session from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The workshop, hosted by the Swanson Engineering Simulation Program in MAE, will be held in 471 Rhodes Hall. It should be useful for anyone interested in simulating and optimizing engineering phenomena based on PDEs, such as structural mechanics, heat transfer, electromagnetics, and fluid flows.

Seating is limited, so registration in advance is advised. If you have any questions, please contact Konrad Juethner, 781-273-3322.


Library offers info session on new NIH requirement

Recipients of National Institutes of Health funding should be aware of a new reporting requirement that goes into effect on April 7. Principle investigators must ensure that electronic versions of any peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funding and accepted for publication after that date are deposited in PubMed Central, NIH's digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

The Engineering Library will offer an information session regarding this requirement on April 2 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Engineering Library Blue Room.

The session will cover:
* What you need to know about copyright ownership in order to comply with this requirement
* How to deposit articles in PubMed Central
* How this increases your access to the biomedical literature

No registration is necessary. For more information, contact John Saylor and or visit the Web site.


Second workshop added on identity theft

Cornell Information Technologies, the Division of Financial Affairs, and Cornell Police have joined forces to design a program called Identity Theft: Deter, Detect, and Defend at Home and at Work to educate Cornell staff about identity theft and the steps they can take to protect sensitive data.

For those of you unable to attend the workshop on March 28, a second session has been scheduled for April 21 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in B11 Kimball Hall. This free information session in open to all university faculty and staff. Register online.


Guest speakers and seminars

  • AI Seminar
    Fridays, noon, 5130 Upson
    Lunch to be provided at noon; talk begins at 12:15
    Web site
  • 4 Apr
    Asst. Prof. Eyal Amir, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Reinventing partially observable reinforcement learning

  • BME 790 Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m., 155 Olin Hall
    Refreshments in 155 Olin at 4:00
    Web site
  • 2 Apr
    Eric Darling, research associate, Orthopaedic Bioengineering Laboratory, Duke University School of Medicine: Investigations of single-cell, mechanical biomarkers via atomic force microscopy

  • BME/BEE 501 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
    Web site
  • 3 Apr
    Kris Kieswetter, director, Global Research, Kinetic Concepts: TBA

    10 Apr
    Jon Rowley, director of research and development, Lonza: TBA

    17 Apr
    Prof. Alan J. Grodzinsky, director, Center for Biomedical Engineering, MIT; president, Orthopaedic Research Society: TBA

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes
    Refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes
    Web site
  • 4 Apr
    Prof. Jonathan Farley, Mathematics Department, Caltech: Toward a mathematical theory of counterterrorism: Building the perfect terrorist cell

    11 Apr
    Prof. Yannis G. Kevrekidis, Chemical Engineering, PACM, and Mathematics, Princeton University: Equation-free modeling and computation for complex systems

    18 Apr
    Asst. Prof. Jennifer Dy, Electrical and Computer Engienering, Northeastern: Non-redundant multi-view clustering

  • CBE: Julian Smith Lectures
    4 p.m., 155 Olin Hall
    Refreshments at 3:15 in 128 Olin
    Web site

    Prof. Carol K. Hall, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University

    21 Apr
    Thermodynamic and kinetic origins of Alzheimer's and related diseases: A chemical engineer's perspective

    22 Apr
    Self-assembly of dipolar particles: Designing smart materials using computer simulation

  • CEE Civil Infrastructure Seminar
    Fridays, 4:30 p.m., 166 Hollister (McManus Lounge)
    Refreshments at 4:15
  • 4 Apr
    Jeremy Isenberg, member of NAE; distinguished member of ASCE, former president and CEO of Weidlinger Associate: Recent lessons and changing practice in structural engineering

  • CHEME 790 Seminar
    Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall
    Refreshments at 3:45 in 128 Olin
    Web site
  • 7 Apr
    Prof. Manoj Chaudhury, Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, Motion of droplets on surfaces induced by noise and a bias

    14 Apr
    Prof. Roland Faller, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis: Molecular modelling of soft matter

  • CS Colloquium
    Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall
    Web site
  • 3 Apr
    Gad Kimmel, postdoctoral associate, UC Berkeley: Computational problems in human genetics

    7 Apr (Monday)
    Bryan Ford, Ph.D. candidate, MIT: Intuitive global connectivity for personal mobile devices

    8 Apr
    Jure Leskovec, Ph.D. candidate, Carnegie Mellon University: Dynamics of real-world networks

    10 Apr
    Su-In Lee, Ph.D. candidate, Stanford: Machine learning approaches for understanding the genetic basis of complex traits

    15 Apr
    Feng Chen, Ph.D. candidate, Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Runtime monitoring for reliable software

  • EAS seminar
    Mondays, 3:30 p.m., 2146 Snell Hall
    Refreshments at 3:00 in Snee Hall Reading Room
    Web site
  • 9 Apr
    Asst. Prof. Peter Diamessis, CEE, Cornell: Numerical modeling of high Reynolds number stratified wakes and implications for oceanic and atmospheric turbulence

    16 Apr
    Robert S. Davis, senior forecaster, National Weather Service, Pittsburgh: Using the flash flood monitoring and prediction program (FFMP) to detect the entire spectrum of stream flooding

  • Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Sponsored by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall
    Web site
  • 2 Apr
    Donald M. Aubrecht '06 EP, graduate researcher, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University: Innovation: What to do when the problem sets end

  • MSE Seminar
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard
    Refreshments at 4 in 260 Bard
    Web site
  • 3 Apr
    Prof. Jonah Erlebacher, Johns Hopkins University: Materials science and engineering of nanoporous metals for fuel cell catalysis

    10 Apr
    Chris Stanek, Los Alamos National Laboratory: Materials science for next generation nuclear energy

  • NBTC Seminar Series
    Tuesdays, Noon, G01 Biotechnology Building
    Light refreshments served; bring your lunch if you like
    Web site
  • 8 Apr
    Prof. Adele Boskey, Biochemistry, Weill Cornell Medical College: FT-IR spectroscopic imaging of age-dependent changes in physiologic hydroxyapatite nano-crystals

    15 Apr
    Sudeep Mandal, graduate student, Erickson Research Group, MAE, Cornell: Optofluidic devices for biomolecular detection and particle transport

  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall
    Refreshments afterwards in 301 Malott
    Web site
  • 2 Apr
    Sonja Greven, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University: On inference for random effects variances and mixed model penalized splines

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston
    Web site
  • 2 Apr
    Prof. Mark Shattuck, Physics Department, The Benjamin Levich Institute, City College of New York: Shaken, not stirred: Granular equilibrium

    4 Apr (special seminar)
    Prof. Richard D. James, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota: Lessons on structure from the structure of viruses

    9 Apr
    Prof. Huajian Gao, Division of Engineering, Brown University: Nanomechanics of biological systems: Bridging single molecule and continuum mechanics descriptions of cell adhesion

    16 Apr
    Asst. Prof. Prashant Purohit, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania: Twisting DNA and its implications on gene regulation


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