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Volume 10, Issue 9
November 28, 2007

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Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Prof. T. Michael Duncan, CBE, was named New York state's Professor of the Year through a Carnegie and CASE program that salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country, and who "positively influence the lives and careers of students." Duncan received the honor along with teachers from 39 other states and the District of Columbia. Winners of the award were announced Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Ken Hover, CEE, recently wrapped up his sabbatical year with a lecture tour in New Zealand. As invited keynote speaker he presented the opening and closing papers at the New Zealand Concrete Industry Conference at Taupo. He then presented evening lectures to structural engineering associations in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, and met with students and presented seminars at the University of Auckland, Victoria University, and University of Canterbury.

Prof. Fred Kulhawy, CEE, has been selected as speaker for the Fifth Lumb Lecture to be delivered in fall 2008 at the University of Hong Kong. The Lumb Lecture is organized biennially by the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Hong Kong and the Geotechnical Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

Assoc. Prof. George Malliaras, MSE, is one of five winners of the first New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. The awards recognize the achievements of young scientists and engineers from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut who have contributed significantly to interdisciplinary research.

Asst. Prof. Jeffrey Varner, CBE, and Prof. Phil Barie, Weill Cornell, have been awarded an "Ithaca-Weill" seed grant for a project focused on understanding sepsis and multiple organ failure following infection. The grant will support a student working jointly between the campuses for two years.

Cancelled: Engineering faculty meeting

The College of Engineering faculty meeting scheduled for Monday, December 3, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., in the Memorial Room at Willard Straight Hall, has been cancelled.

Summer opportunity for Study Abroad

If you know of undergraduate Engineering students who would like to study abroad but have trouble fitting it into their schedules, you might recommend Ecole Centrale Summer School, a four-week summer opportunity. During the program, students will have the chance to strengthen language skills and take courses in business and computing. The application deadline is March 31 and scholarships are available. For more information, see Melissa Hutson, Assistant Director, Engineering Advising, 167 Olin Hall.

Technical sessions offered on advanced MATLAB techniques

Mike Agostini, senior application engineer at The MathWorks, makers of MATLAB software, will offer two free technical sessions on campus to demonstrate how MATLAB is used for advanced programming techniques and high-performance computing. The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, in B17 Upson Hall.

Session 1, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Programming Techniques in MATLAB

Session 2, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Distributed and Parallel Computing in MATLAB

Register now at

For more information:
Angelo D'Amato, The MathWorks, Inc.

Staffing Updates

Jeanne Subialka '82 will be leaving her position with the College of Engineering effective January 2. She has served the college for the past sixteen years, focusing on administering the activities of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association, including board meetings, the annual conference, and the weekly CEAA-sponsored Enterprise Engineering Seminars.

Mattin's to reduce hours over winter break

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield atrium will operate on reduced hours during winter break on the following schedule:

Dec 13-21, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dec 24-Jan 1, closed
Jan 2-18, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Regular hours will resume with the start of spring semester classes (Jan 21).

Guest speakers and seminars

  • BME 411 Lecture
    Thursday, 1:25 - 2:40 p.m., 155 Olin Hall
  • Nov 29
    President David J. Skorton, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University: "Imaging the Heart: Principles and Practice"

  • BME/BEE 501 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
  • Nov 29
    Dr. Jeremy Rawlinson, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, "Engineering in the winner's circle (Comparative laryngeal mechanics in the equine athlete)"

  • BME 790 Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30, 155 Olin Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)
  • Nov 28
    Prof. Evi Giannakakou, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Weill Cornell: "Hacking the microtubule intranet: Implications for cancer therapeutics"

  • CEE Seminar
    Friday, 4:00 p.m., McManus Lounge (Rm 166), Hollister Hall
    Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.
  • Dec 7
    Asst. Prof. Matt Pritchard, EAS, Cornell University: "Imaging sub-centimeter ground deformation from space: Earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater, glaciers, and some mysteries of New York State"
    Sponsored by the Western New York Chapter of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

  • EAS Seminar Series
    Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall
    Refreshments at 3:00 p.m. in the Snee Hall Reading Room
  • Nov 28
    Asst. Prof. Dave Varricchio, Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University: "Vertebrate paleontology in the mid Cretaceous of Montana: Digging the dinosaur that lived to dig"

  • Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Wednesdays, 101 Phillips Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 p.m.
  • Nov 28
    Dr. Ray O. Johnson, senior vice president and chief technology officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation: "Technology and Engineering Strategy"

  • Statistics Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall
    Refreshments following the seminar in 301 Malott Hall.
  • Nov 28
    Prof. Brian D. Marx, Department of Experimental Statistics, Louisiana State University: "Surface varying coefficient models"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston
  • Nov 28
    Prof. Karl Niklas, Department of Plant Biology, Cornell: "The biomechanical architecture of the largest organisms on Earth (Trees)"

    Info Update winter break

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