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Volume 10, Issue 18
April 16, 2008

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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."

The workshop is open to the public. For more information, please visit the Web site or contact Clare Zuraw, 254-8732.

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

  • BME/BEE 501 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
    • 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
    • 18 Apr
      Asst. Prof. Jennifer Dy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern: "Non-redundant multi-view clustering"


  • CBE: Julian Smith Lectures
    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:

      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"


  • CS Colloquium
    Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall
    • 22 Apr
      Ph.D. candidate Noah Snavely, University of Washington: "Modeling and visualizing the world from Internet photo collections"

      24 Apr
      Ph.D. candidate Maxwell Krohn, MIT: "Securing the Web with decentralized information flow control"

      29 Apr
      Ph.D. candidate Adam Barth, Stanford: "Analyzing and improving privacy and security policies"


  • EAS seminar
    Mondays, 3:30 p.m., 2146 Snell Hall
    Refreshments at 3:00 in Snee Hall Reading Room
    • 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
    • 23 Apr
      Craig Wheeler '82 ChE, MS '84, president and CEO, Momenta Pharmaceuticals: TBA

      30 Apr
      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"


  • MAE Colloquium Series
    Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 in Upson Lounge
    • 22 Apr
      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"


  • NBTC Seminar Series
    Tuesdays, Noon, G01 Biotechnology Building
    Light refreshments served; bring your lunch if you like
    • 22 Apr
      Asst. Prof. Darrell Irvine, Tissue Engineering, MIT: "Tackling challenges in immunology and immunotherapy with nanomaterials"

      29 Apr
      Jong Hwan Sung, graduate student, Shuler Research Group, Cornell University: "3-D microscale cell culture analog device for testing anti-cancer drugs"


  • ORIE: Twenty-second D.R. Fulkerson Lectures
    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)


  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston
    • 16 Apr
      Asst. Prof. Prashant Purohit, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania: "Twisting DNA and its implications on gene regulation"

      23 Apr
      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"

      30 Apr
      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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