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Volume 11, Issue 13
February 11, 2009

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Update on dean search

John Siliciano,Cornell vice provost and chair of the College of Engineering Dean Search Committee, in an e-mail this week to Engineering faculty, staff, students, and alumni, reported that the position announcement for the deanship has been completed and the committee is now working to identify potential candidates. Siliciano urged the Engineering community to submit their own nominations of possible candidates as well as suggestions of other individuals who should be contacted as sources for such nominations. Correspondence should be sent to

Information regarding the dean search is available online.

Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Prof. Muawia Barazangi has been appointed Professor Emeritus in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences effective January 1, 2009. Prof. Barazangi will continue as Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of the Continents (INSTOC).

Prof. Robert Thomas has been appointed Professor Emeritus in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering effective January 1.

Prof. Dexter Kozen, CS, was one of five Cornell faculty members named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. The researchers will be recognized Feb. 12 at the annual AAAS meeting, held this year in Chicago. Kozen, the Joseph Newton Pew Jr. Professor in Engineering, is cited for outstanding contributions to the foundations of computer science, including the theory of computability, computational complexity, algorithms and program logic and verification

Assoc. Prof. Andrew Myers won the ACM SIGPLAN Most Influential POPL Paper Award. This award is presented annually to the author(s) of a paper presented at the POPL held 10 years prior to the award year. The papers are judged by their influence over the past decade. The award was for his POPL 1999 paper, "JFlow: Practical Mostly-Static Information Flow Control."

Verizon Wireless CEO is guest lecturer

Lowell C. McAdam 'ME, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, will be on campus Wednesday, February 18, as featured speaker in the Enterprise Engineering Seminar series sponsored by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association. Prior to joining Verizon, McAdam was president and CEO of PrimeCo Personal Communications, a joint venture owned by Bell Atlantic and Vodafone AirTouch. The lecture, titled Changing the Wireless Paradigm, will be held at 4:30 p.m. in B17 Upson Hall and is free and open to the public.

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Cornell University Library has a trial for full-text PDFs reports from the National Technical Reports Library of NTIS, the National Technical Information Service. Many of these reports were previously available only on microfiche. Published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the reports emanate from many government agencies and research labs, such as U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, EPA, and NASA Subject coverage is broad and includes aeronautics, engineering, energy, environment, materials, physics, transportation, and more.

Access the library at; click on "Search NTRL Collection." The trial ends May 14, 2009, at which time the decision will be made to subscribe or not. Please send your comments to Jill Powell.

TEI lecture features engineering education research

On Monday, February 16, the Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute will present Denny Davis, PhD '73 AgEng, a professor of bioengineering and co-director of the Engineering Education Research Center at Washington State University. His talk, Capstone Engineering Design Learning and Assessment, will describe results of engineering design educational research, identify important outcomes achievable in capstone engineering design courses, and share results of recent work including development of assessments and integration of these assessments into design instruction for improved student performance.

The seminar is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in B17 Upson Hall, and members of the Engineering community are encouraged to attend. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Davis, e-mail Kathryn Dimiduk, director of the Teaching Excellence Institute.

Save the date: BEE research symposium

The Department of Biologcial and Environmental Engineering will present a research symposium on Friday, Feb 27, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in 125 Riley Robb, with poster sessions in 400 RIley Robb. The purpose of the symposium is to promote scientific exchange among research groups, encourage scientific networking within BEE and also assist in social and scientific discussions on multiple levels. Members of the Engineering community are invited to attend.

Guest speakers and seminars

  • AI Seminars
    Fridays, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m., 5130 Upson Hall;
    lunch will be served.

    13 Feb: Isaac Miller, post-doctoral research associate, Cornell MAE: TBA

  • BME 7900 Seminar
    226 Weill Hall
    Refreshments outside 226 Weill at 3:30 p.m.

    16 Feb, 4 p.m.: Ajit P. Joglekar, post-doctoral research associate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: "Some assembly required: Protein architecture of the eukaryotic kinetochore"

    18 Feb, 4:15 p.m.: Asst. Prof. Newell R. Washburn, Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University: "Design principles for cytokine-regulating biomaterials"

  • BME/BEE 5010 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35'¢??4:25 p.m., B11 Kimball Hall

    12 Feb: Donald Gonzales, MD, founder and chief medical officer, Entrigue Surgical, and Tony Natale, MD, director, Avedro, XLumena and Entrigue Surgical: "Creating a medical device start-up"

    19 Feb: David Burns, president and CEO, NovaSterilis: TBA

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 PM, 655 Rhodes Hall;
    refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes

    13 Feb: Hans Kaper, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, and Department of Mathematics, Georgetown University: "Reduction methods for systems of differential equations" (Joint with Institute for Computational Sustainability)

    20 Feb: Asst. Prof. Wilkins Aquino,Cornell CEE: "Proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) and basis enrichment in the generalized finite element method"

    27 Feb: Prof. Mircea Dan Grigoriu, Cornell CEE: "Formulation and solution of stochastic problems"

  • CEAA Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, B17 Upson Hall

    11 Feb: Car Accenttura, managing partner and owner, Global Pharma Consulting: TBA

    18 Feb: Lowell McAdam, President and CEO, Verizon Wireless: "Changing the wireless paradigm"

  • CS Colloquium
    Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall;
    refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in Upson 4th Floor Atrium

    12 Feb: Brewster Kahle, director and co-founder, Internet Archive: Distinguished Salton Lecture "Towards universal access to all knowledge"

    17 Feb: Martin Casado, PhD student, computer science: Stanford University, "Rethinking enterprise network architecture"

  • EAS Seminar
    Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall;
    refreshments at 3:15 p.m. in the Reading Room

    11 Feb: Prof. Tullis Onstott, Princeton University: "The search for dark life in our solar system"

    18 Feb: Asst. Prof. Micah Jessup, University of Tennessee at Knoxville: "Tectonic evolution of the Mount Everest and Ama Drime Massifs, Tibet-Nepal"

  • Financial Engineering Seminar
    Fridays, 12:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes Hall

    13 Feb: Prof. Jean Jacod, University of Paris VI: "Is a Wiener process necessary for modeling prices?"

    20 Feb: Prof. Jianqing Fan, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University: "Asset allocation and risk assessment with gross exposure constraints for vast portfolios"

  • MAE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball Hall;
    refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in Upson Lounge

    17 Feb: Michael Uchic, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base: "Mechanical property evaluation at the micro-scale"

  • MSE Seminar
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall;
    refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 260 Bard (MSE Lounge)

    12 Feb: Prof. John Rogers, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois: "Materials for stretchable electronics and some application examples "

    19 Feb: Asst. Prof. Derek Warner, Cornell CEE: "Predicting fracture in metals with atomistic simulation"

    26 Feb: Prof. Bart Kahr, Chemistry, University of Washington: "Experimental histories in crystal chiroptics"

  • ORIE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes Hall;
    refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in 258 Rhodes

    17 Feb: Christiane Barz, Universit'?¤t Karlsruhe: "An approximate dynamic programming approach to the sequence-dependent economic lot scheduling problem"

  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall;
    refreshments afterwards in 301 Malott

    11 Feb: Prof. Naisyin Wang, Statistics and Toxicology, Texas A&M University: "Functional latent feature models for data with longitudinal covariate processes"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall;
    refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 206 Thurston

    18 Feb: Prof. Steve Strogatz, Cornell TAM: "The story of a mathematical friendship"

    25 Feb: Assoc. Prof. Dan Luo, Cornell BEE: TBA

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