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Volume 11, Issue 22
July 15, 2009


In this issue:


Announcement of academic leadership appointments

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the following academic leadership appointments effective July 1, 2009:

Prof. William Olbricht has been appointed as Interim Chair (for a six-month term), Biomedical Engineering Department, while Mike Shuler takes a well-deserved sabbatic leave.

Prof. Philip Liu has been appointed as Director (for a four-year term), School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Prof. Shane Henderson has been appointed as Interim Director (for a one-year term), School of Operations Research and Information Engineering. Prof. Adrian Lewis has been appointed as Director (for a two-year term), School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, effective July 1, 2010.

Prof. Linda Nozick has been appointed as Director (for a two-year term), Systems Engineering Program.

Please join me in congratulating them on their academic appointments and in thanking appointees Leonard Lion, Interim Director of Civil and Environmental Engineering, James Renegar, Director of Operations Research and Information Engineering, and Peter Jackson, Director of Systems Engineering, for their outstanding leadership and service to the College.

With warm regards,

Chris Ober Interim Dean


Laptop Security

In June, a Cornell-owned laptop was stolen that contained over 45,000 records with social security numbers and other personally identifiable data. Engineering’s Office of Information Technology would like to take this opportunity to let you know that, since social security numbers were commonly used for student and employee ID's in the past, you may have them on your computer without realizing it. The college has made available a product called Identity Finder for distribution to all Engineering staff and faculty. It allows you to scan your computer for SSNs and other confidential information.

Clearly none of us want to be associated with the next breach so: 1) if you use a laptop that could possibly have student or employee lists prior to 2006, please work with your IT staff or administrative director to remove or encrypt any SSNs. Because of the high risk laptops pose, please do this as soon as possible. 2) If you don't have a laptop but suspect you may have files with large numbers of old student or employee records, work with your department IT staff or administrative director to scan your computer.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact OIT Director Paul Davis.


Minority Student Research Symposium

Diversity Programs in Engineering invites all Engineering faculty and administration to attend the Annual CU Sloan/AGEP/LSAMP Research Symposium to learn more about the research being conducted by new and advanced under-represented minority graduate student and undergraduate student researchers. The symposium will be August 4, 2009, 1:30-4:30 p.m., in McManus Lounge, 166 Hollister Hall, with a reception to follow.

Please sends your RSVP by Tuesday, July 27 to Marie Friess.


Work Life Wednesdays

Dear Engineering Staff:

Our July lunch will be on Tuesday, July 21, 12-1 p.m. We are going to check out the beautiful A.D. White Gardens which are only a five minute walk from the Engineering Quad (the gardens are located off of Tower Rd near the Big Red Barn. We can meet at 12 p.m. outside Carpenter Hall to walk over together—or feel free to join us there as your schedule allows. We are hoping for just as beautiful a day as we had in June, but in the event of rain, we will announce an indoor alternative.

Our August lunch will be on Wednesday, August 12, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. For any who are up to it, we are going to climb the 161 steps of the Clock Tower for a Chimes Concert from 12:00-12:15, then have lunch. To allow time to climb the stairs, we can meet at the entrance to the Clock Tower at 11:45am. I understand it can be quite loud, but the view is spectacular!

We hope you can join us!

Work Life Committee (Julie Delay, Hayley Harris, Shawna Fulkerson, Tim Brock, Gabriel Terrizzi, Andy Vail, Linda Tompkins, Michelle Dean and Yoanna Ferrara)


Staff Educational Exploration Day

The Division of Human Resources and the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions are pleased to announce the 11th annual Staff Educational Exploration Day (S.E.E.D.) to be held on Wednesday, July 15. All staff members are invited to stop by G10 Biotech any time between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to learn about the numerous educational opportunities available to Cornell staff members, both on campus and in the surrounding local communities. This year's event will also include door prizes, a book exchange, and lunch specials.

Staff Educational Exploration Day (S.E.E.D.)


Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Prof. Chris Ober, MSE has been elected to the 2009 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society. The 2009 ACS Fellows will be honored at a special ceremony during the ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday, August 17, 2009. He has also been selected to receive the Johannes Gutenberg Research Award, given by the University of Mainz. The award will be presented on August 24, 2009 at a ceremony in Mainz. This €20,000 prize is given to distinguished scientists collaborating with scientists in Mainz to support their travel and living expenses.

Prof. Stephen Pope, MAE has received the 2009 Fluid Dynamics Prize from the American Physical Society. The highest honor awarded by APS in fluid dynamics, the prize recognizes outstanding achievements over a career. The society cited Pope "for seminal contributions to the understanding and prediction of turbulent phenomena, especially the development of the [probability density function] approach for turbulent reacting flows."


Engineering gear now available online

Engineering Communications and Media Relations has launched an online storefront of Cornell Engineering apparel and gifts, featuring high-quality products at reasonable prices. For personal purchases, go right to the storefront: www.engineering.cornell.edu/gear. For office purchases on a department account or p-card, contact Bob Emro for discount pricing.

Proceeds support the College of Engineering.


Guest speakers and seminars

Statistics Seminars Thursday, July 16, 1187 Comstock Hall

11 a.m. Prof. Eric Moulines, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications: "Limit theorems for weighted samples with applications to Sequential Monte Carlo Methods"

4 p.m. Postdoctoral fellow Julien Cornebise, Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute: "How to adapt Sequential Monte Carlo algorithms"


Information Update summer schedule

Information Update is published once a month in June and July and will resume a biweekly publishing schedule in mid-August.


Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to engr_info_update@cornell.edu. Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.