Volume 10, Issue 18
April 16, 2008
In this issue:
- Awards and honors in the Engineering Community
- Engineering students among Goldwater and Udall winners
- Third Cornell-Tsinghua workshop set for April 29-30
- Redesigned Duffield site for reservations, posting notices
- Museum features images from Cassini-Huygens mission
- Second workshop added on identity theft
- Guest speakers and seminars
Awards and honors in the Engineering Community
Daisy Fan, lecturer in CS, has been awarded the 2008 Zellman Warhaft Commitment to Diversity Award. This award recognizes faculty for their commitment to diversity issues as well as their participation in the many activities and programs coordinated by Diversity Programs in Engineering.
Prof. John Hopcroft, CS, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Sydney on May 16. He is being recognized for his research contribution to theoretical computer science and his work in developing countries.
Prof. Dexter Kozen, CS, gave the keynote lecture at the 9th International Workshop on Coalgebraic Methods in Computer Science in Budapest earlier this month. He will also be giving an invited talk, "Nonlocal flow of control and Kleene algebra with tests," at the Logic in Computer Science symposium in Boston in June.
EAS senior research associate Bruce Monger was honored at the Class of 2008 Presidential Reception held by Alpha Delta Phi on April 3 in recognition of the important role he has played in influencing the education of many Cornell students. Particularly notable is Monger's leadership of the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board during the past several years
Assoc. Prof. Gun Sirer, CS, will co-chair the 2009 Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation in Boston next spring. The symposium will focus on the design priciples of large-scale networks and distributed systems.
Engineering students among Goldwater and Udall winners
Parbir (Parry) Grewal '10 ChE is one of two Cornell students to be named a 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. The Goldwater Scholarship encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.
Ryan K. Walter '09 CE is one of three Cornell students to be named a 2008 Morris K. Udall Scholar. The Udall Scholarship supports outstanding students committed to careers related to the environment and supports Native American/Alaska Native students committed to careers in health care or tribal policy.
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."
Redesigned Duffield site for reservations, posting notices
The Duffield Hall Web site has been redesigned to allow online reservation of rooms and atria as well as uploading of electronic files for display on the Duffield Atrium Information System.
The AIS, conveniently located in the high-traffic Duffield atrium, is an excellent method for communicating events and activities of interest to the Engineering community. Both JPEG and PowerPoint files are accepted.
Please see the Web site for more information about reservations and for guidelines on posting notices.
Museum features images from Cassini-Huygens mission
Saturn: Images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission, an exhibition of over 50 spectacular photographs captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter and the European Space Agency's Huygens lander, opens Saturday, April 26, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. On view through March 29, 2009, the exhibition features dramatic up-close photographs of the ringed planet and its multitude of moons, ranging from small individual images to large mosaics, sent over half a billion miles by the Cassini spacecraft to Earth.
Launched on October 15, 1997, Cassini became the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn on July 1, 2004. Vice Provost for the Physical Sciences and Engineering Joe Burns, professor in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and in Astronomy, is a member of the Cassini imaging team.
See the museum Web site for more information.
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 who were 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
Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
Prof. Alan J. Grodzinsky, director, Center for Biomedical Engineering, MIT; president, Orthopaedic Research Society: TBA
Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes
Refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes
Asst. Prof. Jennifer Dy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern: "Non-redundant multi-view clustering"
4 p.m., 155 Olin Hall
Refreshments at 3:15 in 128 Olin
Prof. Carol K. Hall, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University:
"Thermodynamic and kinetic origins of Alzheimer's and related diseases: A chemical engineer's perspective"
"Self-assembly of dipolar particles: Designing smart materials using computer simulation"
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall
Ph.D. candidate Noah Snavely, University of Washington: "Modeling and visualizing the world from Internet photo collections"
Ph.D. candidate Maxwell Krohn, MIT: "Securing the Web with decentralized information flow control"
Ph.D. candidate Adam Barth, Stanford: "Analyzing and improving privacy and security policies"
Mondays, 3:30 p.m., 2146 Snell Hall
Refreshments at 3:00 in Snee Hall Reading Room
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"
Sponsored by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall
Craig Wheeler '82 ChE, MS '84, president and CEO, Momenta Pharmaceuticals: TBA
Brian G. Kushner '78 EP, MS '80 AP, PhD '84, principal and partner, CXO: "Engineering the turnaround: What happens when things go terribly wrong and roles/opportunities for engineers in these situations"
Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball Hall
Refreshments at 4:15 in Upson Lounge
Prof. Michel Fillon, University of Poitiers, France: "Validation of the Reynolds Equation in lubricated contact - Application to analysis of the mixed lubrication regime in heavily loaded bearings"
Tuesdays, Noon, G01 Biotechnology Building
Light refreshments served; bring your lunch if you like
Asst. Prof. Darrell Irvine, Tissue Engineering, MIT: "Tackling challenges in immunology and immunotherapy with nanomaterials"
Jong Hwan Sung, graduate student, Shuler Research Group, Cornell University: "3-D microscale cell culture analog device for testing anti-cancer drugs"
B17 Upson Hall
Robert E. Bixby, Ph.D. '72, Noah Harding Professor Emeritus, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University:
21 Apr, 4:30 p.m.
"Solving linear and integer programs: More than Moore"
23 Apr, 4:30 p.m.
"Implementing simplex algorithms"
25 Apr, 3:30 p.m.
"From planning to operations: The ever-shrinking optimization time horizon"
(Sponsored jointly with the Center for Applied Mathematics)
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston
Asst. Prof. Prashant Purohit, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania: "Twisting DNA and its implications on gene regulation"
Graduate student Elizabeth Villa, Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "Structural dynamics of protein-DNA complexes revealed by multiscale simulations"
Assoc. Prof. Suvranu De, Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: "From multiscale modeling to virtual surgery: Some applications of meshfree approximations"
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