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Volume 10, Issue 2
August 22, 2007


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Personnel updates

Shannon Ahn has joined the Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development staff as assistant director. She previously worked in Cornell's Major Gifts unit of AA&D and at Planned Parenthood. Ahn will be working with the School of Applied and Engineering Physics and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is the first of four assistant directors being hired to work with the departments and schools within Engineering.

Heather Porzuczek will join the college on August 13 as the assistant director of human resources. She is currently in General Electric's Consumer and Industrial Division where she was employed in the human resources leadership program working closely with engineers as well as engineering co-op students. She has a B.A. in psychology from Purdue University and a master's in industrial and labor relations from Cornell.

Abena Sackey has joined the staff in Diversity Programs in Engineering as academic/program adviser. She graduated in May from Cornell with a B.S. in civil engineering and has been working in DPE over the summer as a coordinator of the Pre-Freshman Summer Program/Engineering Summer Scholars Program.

Amanda Phillips has joined the staff of the Engineering Co-op & Career Services Office as Assistant for Student and Office Operations. Replacing Maria Montesano, who now works for University Admissions, Amanda most recently coordinated medical student residency programs at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Penn.


Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is proud to announce that Prof. George Malliaras has been named a finalist for the 2007 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists by the New York Academy of Sciences. Prof. Malliaras received this award in recognition of his important interdisciplinary collaborations and innovative achievements in the area of applied research. Biological and Environmental Engineering Assoc. Prof. Antje Baeumner and Chemistry and Chemical Biology Prof. Geoffrey Coates have also been named finalists. Each will receive $5,000 in unrestricted funds. Five finalists will be named Blavatnik award winners and receive an additional $20,000 at the academy's 4th Annual Science & the City Gala on November 12, 2007.

David Gries, associate dean for undergraduate programs, is giving a keynote lecture at the conference Principles and Practice of Programming in Java in Lisbon, Portugal, 5-7 September. His topic is teaching object-oriented progamming (using Java).

Asst. Prof. Chekesha Liddell, MSE has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Science's 2nd annual Indo-American Frontiers Symposium in Irving, Calif, Jan 18-20. This event will bring together some the very best young scientists working in varying disciplines to discuss exciting advances, challenges, and opportunities in their fields. The symposium provides an opportunity to share know-how from multiple fields and initiate collaborations that may one day solve complex problems.

NAE Frontiers


Guest speakers and seminars

  • Department of Biomedical Engineering Seminars
  • August 30, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
    Dr. Ramin Mojdeh, vice president, Research and Development, Becton Dickinson Medical, TBA.

    September 6, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
    Bob Funari, Chairman and CEO, Crescent Healthcare, TBA.

    September 13, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
    Professor Hyun Joon Kong, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, "Design of Synthetic Extracellular Matrix to Regulate Non-Viral Gene Delivery."

    August 29, 4:30-5:30, 155 Olin Hall
    Summer Immersion Term Experiences at Weill, presented by the Department of Biomedical Engineering PhD Summer Immersion students.
    (Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)

    September 4, 2:30 p.m., 700 Clark Hall (Joint Seminar with Biophysics)
    Jurgen Klingauf, Department of Membrane Biophysics, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, TBA.

    September 5, 4:30-5:30, 155 Olin Hall
    Summer Immersion Term Experiences at Weill, presented by the Department of Biomedical Engineering PhD Summer Immersion students.
    (Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)

    September 12, 4:30-5:30, 155 Olin Hall
    Professor David Boas, Optical Imaging Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital, TBA.
    (Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)

  • School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • September 10, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall
    Professor James R. Swartz, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, "Engineering Cell-Free Biology for Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines."
    (Refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)

    September 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall
    Professor Anand R. Asthagiri, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, "Quantitative Variations in Molecular Networks and the Emergence of Multicellular Phenotypic Diversity."
    (Refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)

  • Materials Science Engineering Seminars
  • September 6, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall
    Prof. Terry Alford, Arizona State University "Thin Film to Nanoscale Silver Metallization (aka, How I Was Amused After My Bard Hall Days)."
    (Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in the MS&E Lounge, Bard 260.)

    August 30, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall
    Prof. Ilhan Aksay,Princeton University, "Orientational Order of Surfactant Micelles on Inorganic Crystals."
    (Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in the MS&E Lounge, Bard 260.)

  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Colloquium Series
  • Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m., Kimball B11
    Professor Howard A. Stone, Professor of Engineering & Applied Mathematics, Harvard University. "Manipulating thin-film flows: From patterned substrates to evaporating systems."
    (Refreshments at 3:00 in the Upson Hall Lounge.)

  • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
  • August 29, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    Al Sievers Cornell University, Physics, "Experiments on Intrinsic Energy Localization in Nonlinear Lattices."
    (Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston Hall)

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