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Volume 10, Issue 3
September 5, 2007

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Fall Faculty Reception set for September 18

Dean Kent Fuchs cordially invites Engineering faculty members and their guests to the College of Engineering's Fall Faculty Reception on Tuesday, September 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The reception will be held at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca.

New faculty will be recognized and Associate Deans Michael Spencer and Zellman Warhaft will be honored for their four years of service to the college.

Faculty members' family, guests, and children are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Casual Business Attire
No RSVP Necessary

2007 Engineering Research Showcase in Duffield September 11

Faculty, students, and staff are invited to the Research Showcase, a major event of the College of Engineering, on Tuesday, September 11, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Duffield Hall.

Vice Provost Robert A. Buhrman will participate in the awards ceremony, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

New this year: Ph.D. oral presentations will highlight exciting research endeavors at the college. Topics include autonomous performance systems (machine synthesis), sensor networks for communication, nanobiotechnology, nanoscale polymer composites, and biomedical mechanics. Location: Duffield Colloquium Room, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit

2007 Engineering teaching and advising awards annnounced

Congratulations to the following members of the Engineering community on receiving college teaching and advising awards

College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Awards:
Christopher Andronicos, EAS, James and Mary Tien award
Alyssa Apsel, ECE, Dorothy G. Swanson award
Matthew DeLisa, CBE, Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker '50 award
David Erickson, MAE, Robert '55 and Vanne '57 Cowie award
Lara Estroff, MSE, Fiona Ip Li '78 and Donald Li '75 award
Alex Gaeta, AEP, Dorothy and Fred Chau, M.S. '74 award
Thorsten Joachims, CS, Michael Tien '72 award
Earl Kirkland, AEP, Daniel M. Lazar '29 award
Jon Kleinberg, CS, Kenneth A. Goldman '71 award
Adrian Lewis, ORIE, Sonny Yau '72 award
Matthew Pritchard, EAS, James and Mary Tien award
Mark Psiaki, MAE, Michael Tien '72 award
David Putnam, BME, Ralph S. Watts '72 award
M. Todd Walter, BEE, Michael Tien '72 award
Monroe Weber-Shirk, CEE, Douglas Whitney '61 award
David Williamson, ORIE, Sonny Yau '72 award

James M. and Marsha D. McCormick Advising Awards:
Joel Brock, AEP
George Malliaras, MSE

Co-op student and supervisor of the Year Awards

Engineering Co-op and Career Services has announced student and supervisor of the year awards. Co-op students were nominated by supervisors based on initiative, innovation, leadership, and professionalism. Students nominated supervisors and mentors.

  1. Supervisor of the Year:
    Matt Liberty, Hillcrest Labs
  2. Student of the Year:
    Keith T. Wong, ChemE, Xerox Corporation
  3. Students with Distinquished Honor:
    Benjamin Tang, ECE, Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Gary Soedarsono, CS, Language Weaver
    Sana Ahmed, ME, GE Energy
    Tim Burke, ORE, Scholastic, Inc.

A complete list of nominated students can be found at

Other awards and honors in the Engineering community

Asst. Prof. Chekesha Liddell, MSE, has been selected to participate in the 10th annual Japanese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium in Kanagawa, Japan, Dec. 1-3. Co-sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the symposium provides an overview of advances and opportunities in a wide-ranging set of science disciplines and is designed to initiate collaborations that may one day solve complex problems.

The New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) has awarded grants of about $750,000 each to three Engineering faculty members, Asst. Prof. Matthew DeLisa, CBE; Assoc. Prof. Dan Luo, BEE; and Assoc. Prof. Johannes Gehrke, CS; to pursue high-technology research with commercial potential.

Faculty committees list available online

The list of College of Engineering 2007-2008 faculty committees is available on the College of Engineering Web site:
(choose "College Committees" to view the PDF file.)

Please notify Debbie Guisado of any changes or corrections at or 5-9679.

Child Care Grant information and application deadlines

The Child Care Grant Subsidy Program helps Cornell employees and students pay child care expenses. The grant covers child care for work days, school holidays, summer vacations, and teacher work days. Information and applications for the 2008 program are now available for Cornell faculty and staff (including Arecibo) and for Cornell students at Benefits Services in 130 Day Hall or at the Web site.

The deadline for faculty and staff is 4 p.m. on September 28. Students may apply for funding for the entire academic year (deadline September 14) or may apply one semester at a time.

College events to be listed online

The College of Engineering hosts a list of college events on the Engineering Web site. Events listed should be open to students, staff, faculty, as well as the general community.

For inclusion of your event in the college calendar, please send your event information to Heidi Doroghazi. Listings should include:

Name of Event
Contact Person

The calendar will be updated weekly on Monday, listing events two weeks out. If you have events to be included, please be sure to submit by Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.

INSTOC presents "The Unknown Andes"

The Institute for the Study of the Continents (INSTOC) of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will host a workshop on The Unknown Andes. The workshop will be held in Room 1146 Snee Hall on Friday, September 7, beginning at 8:00 a.m. See the full program:

The workshop is open to all interested Cornellians. For more information, contact Larry Brown or Muawia Barazangi.

Guest speakers and seminars

  • BME/BEE 501 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
  • Sep 6
    Bob Funari, chairman and CEO, Crescent Healthcare: "Improving Healthcare Through Effective Application of Technology"

    Sep 13
    Prof. Hyun Joon Kong, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: "Design of Synthetic Extracellular Matrix to Regulate Non-Viral Gene Delivery"

  • BME 790 Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30, 155 Olin Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)
  • Sep 5
    Summer Immersion Term Experiences at Weill, presented by the Department of Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Summer Immersion students

    Sep 12
    Prof. David Boas, Optical Imaging Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital: "Multi-modal Optical and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Cerebral Oxygen Metabolism: Macroscopic to Microscopic"

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes Hall
  • Sep 7
    Assoc. Prof. Anna Gilbert, Department of Math, University of Michigan: "(Fast) Algorithms for Compressed Sensing"

    Sep 14
    Assoc. Prof. Xin Guo, ORIE, Cornell University: "Several mathematical issues in information-based credit risk analysis"

  • ChemE 790 Seminar
    Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall
    (Refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)
  • Sep 10
    Prof. James R. Swartz, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University: "Engineering Cell-Free Biology for Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines"

    Sep 17
    Prof. 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"

  • CS Colloquium
    Thursdays, 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall
  • Sep 6
    Salton Series Lecture
    Prof. Tom Leighton, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT/Akamai Technologies: "The Akamai Story: From Theory to Practice"

  • Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Wednesdays, 101 Phillips Hall
    (Refreshments precede the seminar at 4:15)
  • Sep 5
    Michael S. Rolband '80 CE, MEng '81, MBA '82, president of Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc: "The Engineering and Business of Restoring Wetlands and Streams"

    Sep 12
    Christopher Mazzei '95 ORIE, firector of Americas Strategy, Ernst & Young: "An Engineer's Role in Corporate Strategy: Helping the Organization Make Better Decisions"

  • MSE Seminars
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 260 Bard)
  • Sep 13
    Prof. Sergei Sheiko, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: "Adsorption-induced Mechanochemistry of Branched Macromolecules"

    Sep 20
    Prof. Michael Wasielewski, Northwestern University: "Self-assembled Organic Materials for Solar Energy Conversion"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston)
  • Sep 5
    Asst. Prof. Richard Hennig, Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University: "From Alpha to Omega C the Martensitic Phase Transformation in Titanium"

    Sep 12
    Prof. Rohan Abeyaratne, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT: "Thoughts on (a) Mechanical Engineering Education, and (b) the Motion of Material Interfaces"

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