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Volume 10, Issue 7
October 31, 2007

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Awards and Honors in the Engineering Community

Prof. Lance Collins, director, MAE, has been elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society. He was honored "for new physical understandings of the dynamics of aerosol particles, droplets, polymer molecules, and reacting gases in turbulence through novel direct numerical simulations and insight theories."

Assoc. Prof. Michal Lipson, ECE, was elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America by the board of directors at their September 2007 meeting. Lipson is recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of silicon nanophotonics, including the development of high-bandwidth modulators and low-power nonlinear optical devices.

Ph.D. candidates in CS along with Assoc. Prof. Andrew Myers received a best paper award at the 2007 ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles for their paper, "Secure Web Applications via Automatic Partitioning." Co-authors were Stephen Chong, Jed Liu, Assoc. Prof. Andrew Myers, Xin Qi, K. Vikram, Lantian Zheng, and Xin Zheng. This paper shows that it is possible to automatically and securely partition web applications into client-side JavaScript code and server-side Java code.

CS Prof. Fred Schneider's paper "Implementing Fault-Tolerant Services Using the State Machine Approach: a tutorial," published in ACM Computing Surveys 22(4):299-319, Dec. 1990, has been selected as a winner of this year's SIGOPS "Hall of Fame" award. The award was established in 2005 "to recognize the most influential Operating Systems papers that have appeared in the peer-reviewed literature at least ten years in the past."
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KAUST Discovery Scholarship nominations due

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia has announced Discovery Scholarships for undergraduates, intended to attract gifted and talented students from Saudi Arabia and from other countries around the world. Recipients will receive full tuition reimbursement, living stipend, computer and book allowance, and a program of professional development and admissions into a master's degree program at KAUST.

Fields of study include civil and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, applied math, computational sciences. (Examples of sub-areas of applied math and computational sciences include computational chemistry and biology, regional environmental modeling, statistics, applied computation mathematics, computational linguistics, machine translation, multilingual search).

Faculty members are encouraged to nominate an undergraduate student for a KAUST Discovery Scholarship by Nov 5. Contact Melissa Hutson (, assistant director of Engineering Advising, or David Gries (, associate dean, for more information and for nomination forms.

Update: The KAUST scholarship deadline has been extended to Monday, November 19. Students will not need a faculty nomination for the initial part of the selection process. They must submit the KAUST form, a resume, and an essay outlining their personal and academic achievements and interests to Melissa Hutson in 167 Olin Hall.

Cornell SWE chapter wins national award

The Cornell University Society of Women Engineers section was awarded first place in the Outstanding Collegiate Section Competition at the 2007 SWE National Conference in Nashville on October 27. The competition rates the section's activities in such categories as education/outreach, inclusiveness/diversity, and leadership/professional development. The Cornell section previously achieved first place in 2001.

Duffield Hall video system available for announcements

For safety and esthetic reasons, printed posters or notices are not allowed on entrance doors, windows, walls or other areas inside or outside of Duffield Hall. Instead, there is an electronic display system in the central atrium where notices from recognized university organizations can be displayed. Notices are currently posted once a week, generally on Tuesdays, and run for no more than three weeks.

Electronic notices must meet certain format, content, and submittal guidelines. For more information and instructions for submitting a notice, please review the Post a Notice information on the Duffield web site.

Engineering ethics play set for Nov 3-4

The College of Engineering has created a humorous original play to illustrate lessons on diversity, morality, and common sense taught in class. Titled Engineering Real World: Biffie, you're doing a heck of job, the play is a spoof on reality television. A combination of Saturday Night Live and The Apprentice, "Engineering Real World" stars actual Cornell engineering students facing potential real-life ethical situations. Engineering Real World performances will be held at the Statler Auditorium on November 3 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and November 4 at 7 p.m. Student price is $3.00, general public price is $5.00

Anyone who wants to consider the interaction of science and technology with the social worlds we live in will find this play engaging. Buy your tickets today in Engineering Advising, 167 Olin Hall, or at the door the night of the performance.

Update: The 9 p.m. Saturday performance has been cancelled. Ticketholders for the 9 p.m. show can stop by 167 Olin to exchange their ticket for one of the 7 p.m. performances.

Guest speakers and seminars

  • CAM Colloquium
  • Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes
    (Refreshments at 4:30 p.m. in 657 Rhodes Hall)

    Nov 9
    Jan S. Hesthaven, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University: "Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for the Modeling of Free Surface Flows using High-Order Boussinesq Approximations"

    Nov 16
    Jonathan Borwein, Dalhousie University: "High Performance Mathematics and its Management


  • CS Colloquium
    Thursdays, 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall
  • Nov 1
    David Bindel, NYU: "Computer Aided Design of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems: From Energy Losses to Dick Tracy Watches"

    Nov 8
    Peter Schroder, Caltech: "The Alien's Tailor"


  • EAS Seminar Series
    Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall
    (Refreshments at 3:00 p.m. in the Snee Hall Reading Room)
  • Nov 7
    Fred Semazzi, North Carolina State University, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences: "A Multiscale Investigation of the Climate Variability Over East and West Africa"


  • Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall
    (Refreshments precede the seminar at 4:15)
  • Oct 31
    Gregory J. Galvin MS '82 MSE, Ph.D. '84, MBA '93, president and CEO, Kionix: "Micromachining and Micromanufacturing"


  • MSE Seminars
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. in 140 Bard Hall.
    (Refreshments at 4 p.m. in 260 Bard.)
  • Nov 1
    Prof. Peter Green, from the University of Michigan "Block Copolymer Thin Films:  Ordering Transitions and Coarsening Phenomena"


  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall
    (Refreshments served after the seminar in 301 Malott Hall.)
  • Oct 31
    Heejung Bang, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College: "De-mystifying Medical Cost Estimators: What We Found after 10 Years"


  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston)
  • Oct 31
    Derek Warne, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University: "To Twin or Not to Twin: Connecting Atomic Simulations to Experiment"

    Nov 7
    Bruce Lewenstein, Department of Communication, Cornell University:  "Imagination in Science"

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