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Volume 10, Issue 21
June 11, 2008

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Awards and honors in the engineering community

Prof. Paulette Clancy, director of CBE, has been awarded the Cornell Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award that recognizes "sustained and distinguished contributions of professorial faculty and senior lecturers to undergraduate advising." Clancy was also named this year as a Merrill Presidential Scholar Mentor by Keith Wong '08 ChE.

Prof. Tony Ingraffea, CEE, has received the Richard J. Almeida Award from Project High Jump. The award is given each year to an individual whose dedication and contribution to High Jump have been extraordinary. High Jump is an outreach program designed to provide support and stimulus to middle-school students in Chicago.

Gilly Leshed, a graduate student in Information Science, has won an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship.

Cornell undergraduates Tal Rusak, CS, and Ryan Walter, CE, have been selected by Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering honor society, to receive scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year. Each winner receives a cash award of $2,000 for his or her senior year of engineering study. Selection is based on the student's scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession.

Dove named associate dean of administration

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Cathy S. Dove, associate dean, MBA programs and administration at the Johnson School at Cornell, has been named associate dean of administration at the College of Engineering effective July 1.

As chief operating officer of the college, Cathy will play a key leadership role in overseeing the operating and research budgets, managing resources to meet the goals of the college's strategic plan, and overseeing implementation of our facilities master plan.

Cathy brings a wealth of experience to the position. She has been at the Johnson School since 2000, where she is responsible for all administrative functions of the school including finance and budget, human resources, technology, planning, and facilities management. She is also responsible for managing the MBA programs. From 1992 to 1999, she was director of financial management services for the university, and from 1989 to 1992, the associate director for administration at Cornell Dining.

She holds an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Cornell, and a B.S. from Georgetown University.

I know Cathy is looking forward to working with our schools and departments to achieve their goals and to continue our tradition of excellence. I'm pleased to welcome her to the college's leadership team.

Warmest regards,
Kent Fuchs
Dean of Engineering

Staffing updates

Two new members joined the College of Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development team on June 3. Hilary Diekow will work with MAE, TAM, and EAS. She was previously on staff in the hotel school where she was the assistant director of graduate programs. Prior to that, Diekow was the career development coordinator. She graduated from Syracuse University's College of Human Development. Emily Jung joins the staff as an administrative assistant supporting AAD's four assistant directors. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point last year, where she worked as an office assistant in the Health Promotion and Human Development Office and conducted research at the Fitness Lab. She also worked at the Wisconsin Athletic Club in sales, as well as a personal trainer and exercise instructor.

Rich Robbins, director of Engineering Advising, has accepted the position of associate dean of arts and sciences at Bucknell University. He will be responsible for student academic affairs, primarily for upper class students, transfer students, and special students. His last day in the office will be June 19.

Dawn Warren has transferred to the college Facilities Office effective May 28, after serving the Office of Research and Graduate Studies for eight years. Helen Baker is working with RGS as a temp while the office searches for a new administrative assistant. For general office matters, please send e-mail to or call extension 5-7413.

Workshop on Simulation Technology

The Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering will host a university-industry workshop on the integration of simulation technology into the engineering curriculum. The workshop will be held at the Statler Hotel July 25-26. This workshop will be of interest to all engineering faculty who use or would like to use simulation technology in their courses and projects.

Technology areas to be considered include computer-aided design, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, finite-element analysis, multi-body dynamics and control, and numerical analysis. There will be significant participation from industry including major engineering software vendors.

For more information, visit the Web site or contact Rajesh Bhaskaran,

Watt Webb 80th birthday symposium set for June 16

Cornell will celebrate the achievements and 80th birthday of Watt W. Webb, professor of applied physics and the S.B. Eckert Professor in Engineering, on Monday, June 16, in the Carrier Ballroom of the Statler Hotel. A symposium honoring the co-inventor of such breakthrough imaging technologies as multiphoton microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy will be held in conjunction with the 2008 Kavli Lecture and the 2008 Henri Sack Memorial Lecture.

The theme of the daylong event, Tentanda Via Est, is Webb's research motto, which he creatively translates from Virgil's Latin as "To experiment is the true way." For more information or to register for the symposium, visit and click on "events."

Les Eastman symposium honors 60 years at CU

Arriving on the Cornell campus as a freshman 60 years ago, Les Eastman completed his Ph.D. and joined the faculty in 1957. Since then a steady stream of breakthroughs has come from the research group of Lester F. Eastman, professor of electrical and computer engineering and the John L. Given Foundation Professor of Engineering. A symposium in his honor will be held Friday, June 13, in Phillips and Duffield Halls from 9 a.m. until noon. The symposium theme is "Compound Semiconductor Devices through the Years." Hear first-hand accounts about epitaxial growth, device design, device physics, the notion and evolution of the ballistic mode of transport, and other topics.

All members of the college community are invited to attend this symposium

Information Update summer schedule

Information Update is published once a month (June 11 and July 9) over the summer and will resume a biweekly publishing schedule in mid-August.

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.