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Volume 11, Issue 20
May 20, 2009


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Congratulations and thanks to staff retirees

A number of our colleagues are retiring at the end of the fiscal year - some even before July 1. We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for their years of service and dedication and to wish them the best as they start the next chapter in their lives.

Patricia Apgar, CEE: Patty joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in February 1974. For the past 23 years she has been the school's graduate program coordinator, and previous to this position, she was an administrative assistant for 12 years, providing support to CEE faculty. Patty is a very valuable asset to the school and the college, always a true professional and highly skilled in performing her job, and she will be missed.

John Belina, ECE: John, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Cornell Engineering, has worked on the staff of Electrical and Computer Engineering for 27 years. For many of those years, he has been the director of the MEng program. John has a special talent for reaching out to students and making a large university feel like home to them. He is both a teaching and an advising award winner, recognized for his sustained contributions to the quality of student life.

Sally Bird, ECE: Sally came to Cornell in 1980, joining the Plasma Physics Group in 1987 as an administrative assistant. In 1999 she transferred to Prof. Robert Thomas's PSERC research group, where she has been the glue to hold everything together ever since. While Sally's day to day tasks involved work for individual programs, she was always willing to help in any capacity, and her smile and consistent upbeat approach have been appreciated throughout the department.

Linda Struzinsky, ECE: Linda started with Cornell in this department in 1981, as an administrative assistant for faculty in Phillips Hall. She left the department for about a year, choosing to return and take on the position of the master of engineering (MEng) Coordinator in September, 1994. Linda has remained in this role for the past fifteen years, directly assisting over a thousand MEng students during that time. Linda has specialized in providing a friendly and personal touch in her service to the ECE students and faculty.

Joseph Sweet, MSE: Joseph retired from MSE in March after eight years of distinguished service as the department's student services coordinator. His enthusiasm, warm and engaging personality, and commitment to the department will be missed.


Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

CBE Asst Prof. Matt DeLisa garnered two honors recently: He was named as the winner of the Cornell Provost's Award for Distinguished Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding research by young faculty across all the schools and departments at Cornell. He was also the 2009 Annual Allan Colburn Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. DeLisa's Colburn lecture was titled “Manipulating Quality Control Mechanisms in Bacteria for Pre-clinical Development of Protein Therapeutics.”

The student members of Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society, have selected CEE Prof. Jery Stedinger as the 2008-2009 Chi Epsilon Professor of the Year.

Assoc. Prof. Abe Stroock, CBE, has won a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for 2009. Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars are chosen as those who exemplify leadership in research and education with "compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences and dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates.


Boot camp will focus on starting a company

The Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization is hosing a one-day workshop and networking event called Startup Boot Camp, focused on the issues and challenges involved in starting a company. The event is scheduled for June 4, 10:30 to 4:30, at the East Hill Office Building, 395 Pine Tree Road.

This year’s panelists will share practical advice and their experiences in starting companies. Panel topics include:

  • Basic Training: What You Need to Know Before You Take the Leap
  • In the Trenches: Organizing the Startup
  • The Frontlines: Making the Pitch
  • The Battlefield: Surviving the Hard Times

Register for Startup Boot Camp online or contact Amanda Arliss for more information.


Wind power workshop set for June

The College of Engineering is hosting a workshop June 12-14, 2009, on Large-Scale Wind Generated Power. The workshop will explore some of the issues and obstacles to wind power, including the effects of variable windloading, materials and drive train durability, effects on birds and bats, noise, aesthetics, cost, and the overhaul of the national power grid.

The program features Cornell faculty members as well as invited lecturers from the US and abroad. Sponsored by the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future, this event is free of charge but registration is required. Full details are available online.


Collaborate@Cornell: CU's first "Unconference"

On May 21, Mann Library is hosting "Collaborate@Cornell: Global partnerships, knowledge, and technology," a campus-wide "un-conference" that brings together individuals from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in sharing knowledge and research with international partners. Un-conferences, also known as bar-camps, are an emergent new form of direct communication that is driven by user-generated content.

Cornell faculty, staff, and graduate students will participate in small-group discussions on topics such as mobile phone and mapping technology, translational software, local knowledge integration, knowledge sharing tools and platforms, and much more. Following a keynote address by Vice Provost for International Relations Alice Pell, twelve faculty, staff, and students will present their research in five-minute "lightning presentations." This one-day event is expected to have 75 people. This is a free event, and registration is required


Energy Frontier Research Centers will help meet energy needs

Cornell Engineering faculty members are involved in two projects that will help meet the nation's future energy needs.

Cornell's proposal to establish a large multi-million dollar Energy Frontier Research Center focused on research on "Nanostructured Interfaces for Energy Generation, Conversion, and Storage" has been funded by the Department of Energy. The new center will be one of 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers created by DOE's Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The goal of the center, led by Hector Abruna (Chemistry) is to "understand and control the nature, structure, and dynamics of reactions at electrodes in fuel cells, batteries, solar photovolataics, and catalysts." Engineering faculty are well represented among the roughly 25 faculty who will form the center.

Prof. Stephen Pope, in MAE, will participate along with scientists at six other universities and institutions in the Energy Frontier Research Center for Combustion Science, directed by Chung K. Law of Princeton University. The researchers will create computer models of the combustion process, verified by experiment, in order to design novel, more efficient engines for cars and trucks, including engines using alternative fuels.


Work Life Committee sponsors brown bag presentation

The Engineering Work Life Committee has identified as a top priority the need to provide ongoing support and assistance to staff in this time of change and uncertainty. As a result the committee has invited Cornell's EAP to give a brown bag presentation on Thursday, May 28, in McManus Lounge (166 Holiister Hall). The topics will include dealing with stress from your or a colleague’s job loss or retirement, coping with change and uncertainty, and managing stress.The workshop is free and open to all staff and faculty, but registration is requested by contacting EAP by e-mail or phone (216-1410).


Information Update moving to summer schedule

Please note: This is the final regular biweekly issue of Info Update for this academic year. The newsletter is published once a month over the summer (June 17, July 15) and will resume a biweekly publishing schedule in mid-August.


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