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Volume 11, Issue 15
March 11, 2009

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Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Microsoft's Photosynth, a system for browsing large collections of photographs in 3D created by CS Asst Prof. Noah Snavely, was featured on the main page of for several days after the presidential inauguration. See a sample online.

Asst Prof. Hakim Weatherspoon, CS, was named a Modern Day Technology Leader at the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) awards conference held February 28–20 in Baltimore. The technology leader awards recognize individuals for their achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math and their leadership in the workplace and community.

Mazza to serve as interim assistant dean

As previously announced, Tim Dougherty, assistant dean, Alumni Affairs and Development, is leaving Cornell to accept a position with United World College. His last day will be April 2.

Cornell's Assistant Vice President for College Alumni Affairs Jim Mazza will serve in the interim position. A 1988 Cornell graduate, Mazza is an experienced fundraiser, having served in a wide variety of alumni affairs and development positions for the past 19 years. He worked closely with the Engineering team on the successful fundraising effort for Duffield Hall.

In addition, Jessica Traynor, associate director, Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development, will play a direct role in supporting the dean's office, serving as a key contact between the dean's office and AA&D staff.

Engineering Research Conference set for April 3

The 2009 Cornell Engineering Research Conference will be held Friday, April 3. The conference opens with a keynote address at 8:15 a.m. Oral presentations are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon and 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in 231 Phillips. Poster presentations will be featured from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 the Duffield Atrium. Visit the conference Web site for more information.

Mattin's Cafe to reduce hours during spring break

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield atrium will operate on a reduced schedule during spring break. Beginning Friday, March 13, and continuing the following week, March 16–20, the cafe will be open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Regular hours will resume on Monday, March 23.

Guest speakers and seminars

  • AI Seminars
    Fridays, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m., 5130 Upson Hall;
    lunch will be served.
  • 13 Mar: Prof. Craig Boutilier, University of Toronto and CombineNet: "Automated channel abstraction for advertising auctions"

  • BME 7900 Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m., 226 Weill Hall
    Refreshments outside 226 Weill at 3:45 p.m.
  • 11 Mar: Asst Prof. Nenad Bursac, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University: "Cardiac cell and tissue engineering for basic research and therapeutic applications"

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 PM, 655 Rhodes Hall;
    refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes
  • 27 Mar: Prof. Tom Hou, Applied and Computational Mathematics, California Institute of Technology: "Recent progress on dynamic stability and global regularity"

  • CEAA Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, B17 Upson Hall
  • 11 Mar: Joseph Mercurio, PhD '89 AgEng, manager, Fuel Cell Field Service Integration, General Motors: "Hydrogen fuel cell and other advanced technologies to address climate and petroleum challenges"

    25 Mar: Bob Shaw '63, MS '64 AP, founder and president, Arete Corporation: TBA

  • 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 Mar: Ashutosh Saxena, graduate student, Computer Science, Stanford University, “Robotic grasping and depth perception: Learning 3D models from a single image”

    24 Mar: Asst Prof. Umut Acar, Toyota Technological Institute: TBD

    26 Mar: Andreas Haeberlen, graduate student, Computer Science, Rice University: TBD

  • ECE Presents the Same Linke Power and Energy Lecture Services
    12:20 p.m., 203 Phillips Hall;
    refreshments at noon
  • 3 Apr: Prof. Anjan Bose, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University: "What Is A Smart Transition Grid"

  • EAS Seminar
    Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall;
    refreshments at 3:00 p.m. in the Reading Room
  • 25 Mar: Prof. Witold Krajewski, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa: "Accuracy of remote sensing of rainfall and flood prediction"

  • Financial Engineering Seminar
  • 11 Mar: Assoc. Prof. Rama Cont, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Columbia University: "When diversification fails: Feedback effects and endogenous correlation in asset returns"
    267 Rhodes Hall, 5:15 p.m.

    27 Mar: Prof. Philip Protter, Cornell ORIE: TBA
    253 Rhodes Hall, 12:15 p.m.

  • MSE Seminar
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall;
    refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 260 Bard (MSE Lounge)
  • 12 Mar: Prof. Jochen Mannhart, Physics, University of Augsburg: "Two dimensional electron gases at oxide interfaces "

    26 Mar: Asst Prof. Richard Hennig, Cornell MSE: "Creatio ex nihilo or the ab initio prediction of crystal structure formation"

  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall;
    refreshments afterwards in 301 Malott
  • 11 Mar: Xu Han, graduate student, Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: "Optimal estimation of multidimensional normal means with unknown variances"

    25 Mar: Assoc. Prof. Yi Li, Biostatistics, Harvard University: TBA

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall;
    refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 206 Thurston
  • 11 Mar (cosponsored with the Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute):
    Sanjoy Mahajan, MIT, associate director, Teaching and Learning Laboratory, and lecturer, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: "2=1, or Teaching the gentle art of lying"

    25 Mar: Asst Prof. Changhong Ke, Mechanical Engineering, SUNY Binghamton: "Detecting intra-molecule interactions in nucleic acids by single molecule atomic force spectroscopy"

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