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Volume 11, Issue 3
September 10, 2008


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Fall Faculty Reception set for Sep 17

Dear Engineering Faculty,

We cordially invite you and your guests to the College of Engineering's Fall Faculty Reception on Wednesday, September 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology at 159 Sapsucker Woods Road in Ithaca.

New faculty will be recognized. Family, guests, and children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Dress is casual business attire and no RSVP is necessary. We look forward to seeing you there.

With warm regards,

Kent Fuchs
Dean of Engineering


INSTOC to host symposium on magma

The Institute for the Study of the Continents (INSTOC) in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is hosting a series of scientific presentations related to magma and its many manifestations. Topics to be covered include volcanic hazards, super explosive eruptions, atmospheric distribution of volcanic nutrients, and magma's role in the evolution of the earth's crust. Prof. Jeff Tester, the incoming Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems at Cornell, will give a keynote presentation on "The Future of Geothermal Energy."

The symposium, set for September 17, is open to all and will be held in 2146 Snee Hall. Continental breakfast will be provided beginning at 8:00am; the program will begin at 9:00 am.


Multiphysics modeling workshop set for Sep 18

On September 18, COMSOL will offer a free multiphysics modeling workshop on campus. Anyone interested in simulating and optimizing engineering phenomena based on PDEs, such as structural mechanics, heat transfer, electromagnetics, and fluid flows, is invited to attend. The workshop is appropriate for both new and experienced COMSOL users.

The program includes an introduction and live demonstration 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and a hands-on session from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The workshop, hosted by Rajesh Bhaskarn, MAE, will be held in B7 Upson Hall. Seating is limited, so registration in advance is advised.

For more information: Konrad Juethner, konrad@comsol, 781-273-3322
Register online.


Papers invited from Engineering grad students

The Cornell Engineering Research Conference (CERC) 2009 Organizing Committee invites Engineering graduate students to present their research at this one-day event sponsored by College of Engineering. The goal of CERC is to bring together graduate students and faculty from Cornell, faculty from other universities, and researchers from industry to exchange and share experiences, new ideas, and latest research results, as well as open problems. In addition, the conference presents a chance for poster presenters to win corporate-sponsored cash prizes and an excellent networking opportunity for all.

Deadline for submission: September 22, 2008
Notification of acceptance: October 8, 2008
Conference date: April 3, 2009

For detailed information, please visit the Web site.


Fair includes info sessions for graduate students

Cornell Career Services is hosting a Technical/Engineering Career Fair today (September 10), from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Barton Hall. In conjunction, several companies are offering information sessions for interested students.

Wednesday, 10 Sep:

Exponent: graduate students
6:00 p.m., B11 Kimball

Microsoft: all students
6:30 p.m., 101 Phillips

IBM: all students
5:30 p.m., Phillips Lounge (Rm 231)

Thursday, 11 Sep:

Tower Research Capital: all students
5:00 p.m., B14 Hollister

Capital One: all students
5:00 p.m., 203 Phillips


Co-op office announces student, supervisor awards

Engineering Cooperative Education and Career Services has recently announced winners of the annual co-op awards:

Supervisor of the Year: Jeffrey Hallen, Momentive Performance Materials
Mentor of the Year: Kerri Cahoy '00 EE, Space Systems/Loral
Student of the Year: Caroline Greenwood '09 EP, Space Systems/Loral

Co-op students were nominated by supervisors based on initiative, innovation, leadership, and professionalism. Students also nominated supervisors and mentors. A complete list of nominated students is online.


Engineering Global Fellows recognized

Please join Engineering Cooperative Education and Career Services in celebrating the international experiences of Engineering undergraduates at a reception to be held on Tuesday, September 23, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Willard Straight Memorial Room.

Students with significant international experience will be recognized as Engineering Global Fellows. The reception is also an opportunity to welcome Engineering exchange students and incoming freshmen from around the world.

If you know of undergraduates with international experience, please encourage them to register as Global Fellows.

Web site


Guest speakers and seminars

  • Biophysics Colloquium
    Wednesday, 4:30 pm, 700 Clark Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 outside of 700 Clark
  • 10 Sep
    Prof. Lihong Wang, Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis: Photoacoustic tomography: High-resolution imaging of optical contrast in vivo at new depths

    12 Sep (special date).
    Prof. Sunney Xie, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University: Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy

    17 Sep
    Prof. Eric Siggia, Center for Studies in Physics and Biology, The Rockefeller University; adjunct professor of physics, Cornell University: Phase locking the cell cycle in budding yeast

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes Hall
    Refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes
  • 12 Sep
    Prof. Fan Chung, Mathematics and Computer Science and Engineering,University of California at San Diego: The mathematics of PageRank

  • CEE Seminars
    Thursdays, 4:30 pm, 366 Hollister
    Refreshments at 4:15 p.m.
  • 11 Sept
    Assoc. Research Prof. Tim Stanton, Naval Postgraduate School: Observations of a wave and current-forced bottom boundary layer at an inner shelf site in Monterey Bay

    18 Sept
    Michael Rolband, president, Wetland Studies & Solutions, Inc: Snakeden Branch: A case study of a 4 mile urban stream restoration in Reston, Virginia

  • Financial Engineering Seminar
    Thursdays, 11:40 a.m., 253 Rhodes Hall
  • 11 Sep
    Visiting Asst. Prof. Johannes Wissel, Cornell ORIE: Arbitrage-free market models for liquid options

  • MAE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., B17 Upson
    Refreshments at 4:15 in Upson Lounge
  • 16 Sep
    Prof. Matthew Miller, Cornell MAE: Measuring the mechanical response of engineering materials at the microscale using synchrotron x-ray diffraction

    23 Sep
    Assoc. Prof. Shuichi Takayama, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan: Micro- and nanofluidics for cellular physiology studies

  • MSE Seminar
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard
    Refreshments at 4:00, 260 Bard
  • 11 Sep
    Prof. Barry Carter, University of Connecticut: Some observations on ceramic materials

    18 Sep
    Christine Orme, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory:'?'?  Shaping nano-scale crystals: From shells to technological materials

  • Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) Seminar Series
    Tuesdays, Noon, G01 Biotechnology Building
    Light refreshments served; feel free to bring your lunch
  • 23 Sep
    Asst. Prof. Susan Daniel, Cornell CBE: TBA

    30 Sep
    Elizabeth Strychalski, Cornell AEP (Craighead Research Group): Nanoslit devices for biomolecular manipulation and analysis

  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall
    Refreshments following the seminar in 301 Malott
  • 10 Sep
    John Langford, Yahoo Research: Learning with partial observations

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston
    Refreshments at 4:15 p.m., 206 Thurston
  • 17 Sep
    Prof. Jim Jenkins, Cornell TAM:Wind-blown sand

    24 Sep
    Assoc. Prof. Assad A. Oberai, Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Biomechanical imaging


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